Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

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Karakariki Track

Hamilton, Waikato

Submitted by Martin Carroll

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 9

Gnarl Factor: 34








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Undulating, small hills only

Native bush


Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.8%


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A nice 5km out and back run. The first km is easy and flat but past that point the track gets more technical with one short but very steep section leading to a beautiful run through native bush.

Waterfall and picnic area 1km from the start of the track.

There is a small angle parking area at the end of Karakariki Valley Road.

22 km

25 minutes




The track is well marked with DoC orange triangles.


Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

No available drinking water but the track does border a stream for the first km.

The first km of the track to the waterfall is flat and very easy going. Past the waterfall is more technical with steep sections and uneven ground.

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Trail Reviews

Nice track, but the lack of a rewarding view (while known about) is a disappointment - the waterfall is more like a big rapid. Would do it again though.

Rob Holm

August 28, 2022

Nice short track. The highlight is at the start of the track. It ends at a fence with no view, so I'd recommend closing your eyes in the beginning, then run the track out and back. See the mediocre waterfall for the first time, then when you finish at the start you can have a lovely picnic by yourself or with a friend, if you brought one of those.

jace jones

August 16, 2022

Nice short track. The first 1.5km is flat through a mix of farm and bush near the river, and over it a couple of times via swingbridge. This is a nice warmup for the steepish climb up. On the climb trail is narrower and quite rooty but easy to follow. The end is a fence and private property sign.

Kirstine Collins

August 15, 2020

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