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Hilly Hakarimata, Waikato

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Hilly HakarimataBeginner - Intermediate

Submitted by Emma Dryland

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Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

1:30 (Slow)
1:00 (Moderate)
0:40 (Fast)



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From the roadside, head over the gate and up the wide gravel path (100m), turn left at the grass into the bush. Follow this smooth undulating track beside the stream (1km), turn right as you near the dam. Follow the stairs up. The next intersection will be at the top of the ridge - turn right (200m) and climb the tower for views over the Waikato. Catch your breath before heading back the way you came.

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Features of interest

The dam built in 1922 is 1km along the track, continue upstream to explore. There are also some beautiful Kauri trees to keep your eyes peeled for.

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 49%

Easy Single Track: 50%

Gravel Road: 1%

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  • Access

    The track starts from Brownlee Ave, off Hakarimata Road, Ngaruawahia. Back from the bend in the road there is a large sign with track information, and a low access gate. Crossover the gate to begin.

    There is a small car park on the right side of Brownlee Ave, and room for additional road side parking.
    No dogs please.

    21 km

    23 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .

    It is easy to miss the right turn near the dam.

    Perfect throughout.

    Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Take what you need. Expect hot and sweaty conditions over summer.

    Busy over summer, especially after work 5-6pm

  • Post run indulgence

    The Bakehouse Cafe
    92 Great South Road, Ngaruawahia
    Award winning steak and gravy and bacon and egg pies.

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