Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

The Hakarimata Scenic Reserve in Ngāruawāhia is a great place to see Kauri and to enjoy a walk or tramp through native bush.

Hakarimata Rail Trail

This easy walk follows the route of the former Ngāruawāhia/Glen Massey railway. The railway was closed in the 1950s coinciding with the closure of the Glen Massey coal mine.

The trail is suitable for buggies, wheelchair assisted and bicycles.

Walking from the car park to the first bridge you pass a wetland restoration site which is part of Perry Quarry. The trail follows Firewood Creek through an area being replanted to a picnic site with toilets. From here, a short walk leads to attractive stream cascades. This is also the start of the southern section of the Hakarimata Walkway.

Waterworks Walk

This walk passes through attractive native bush alongside the Mangarata Stream on the way to an old dam.


The track is an easy gradient with an all-weather surface. It’s a popular walk for young families.


The track starts on Brownlee Avenue, off Hakarimata Road, approx. 1 km north of Ngāruawāhia.

Hakarimata Summit Track

The Hakarimata Scenic Reserve is located 17 km north-west of Hamilton in Ngāruawāhia. It is a great place to enjoy a walk or tramp through native bush, including Kauri, in close proximity to Hamilton.

This is a good sharp training track for those wanting an offroad run with a challenge.Starting with the 1400 stairs that makes up the famous Hakarimata summit track then running down south along the Hakarimata rail trail then returning for a full loop along Waignaro Road.

The Hakarimata Summit track continues from the Waterworks Walk.

Kauri Loop Track

The track starts with a flight of stairs, then levels out to cross a largely open face with views to the north. Walk past an old pa site (hidden by vegetation) through regenerating native bush to a large Kauri tree, estimated to be over a thousand years old.

A few minutes further on, and past the site of a large Kauri that fell in 2009, the track passes through a grove of young Kauri (rickers) to a viewpoint that looks out across the forest.

Return the way you came or continue on to complete the full loop.

Hakarimata Scenic Reserve Tracks Brochure