With summer here it is a great time to share some special Waikato spots we have found in the areas where our honeys are harvested. Last but certainly not least is Hakarimata! Hakarimata Scenic Reserve is the range of hills running alongside Ngaruawahia, it's a great place to see Kauri and enjoy a walk or tramp through native bush. Here's some great walks in the reserve:
Hakarimata Rail Trail
This is a great track for a family walk or cycle and follows the former Ngaruawahia / Glen Massey railway to attractive stream cascades. It is about 30 minutes one way. Get more detail on this walk.
Kauri Loop Track
This well formed track offers spectacular views, beautiful bush and one of the largest Kauri trees in the Waikato. This is a one hour walk. Get more detail on this walk.
Waterworks Walk - Hakarimata Dam
This lovely walk passes through attractive native bush, alongside a stream to the old Hakarimata dam. This is a three hour loop track. Get more detail on this walk.
Hakarimata Summit Track
The track climbs to the summit of Hakarimata (374 metres). At the the top you get good views of the coast, across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu. This is a three hour return trip. Get more detail on this walk. , Beware there are 1349 steps and it's a very popular spot for people wanting to get fit!
If you are wanting a longer tramp this is the one for you! Walk the length of the Hakarimata Range and enjoy excellent views towards the coast and across the Waikato Basin. This is an advanced walk that takes around 7 1/2 hours to complete. Get more detail on this walk.
Check out this great guide to walks in the Hakarimata area.
There is much to see and do in the area, including:
- Other walks in the area - Lake Hakanoa Walkway, Lake Puketirini & Taupiri Summit Tramping Track
- The Waikato Coalfields Museum in Huntly
- Grab a bite to eat at Hopin Stopn Cafe on Great South Road
Much of this information and more is found on the Department of Conservation Website, check it to plan your weekend get aways.
Purchase Hakarimata Honey here! Please note not all our honey varieties are available all the time.