Last Updated: 2nd Jul 2024


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Karamu Walkway South

Hamilton, Waikato

Submitted by Martin Carroll

Last Updated: 2nd Jul 2024


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Grunt Factor: 31 ?

Gnarl Factor: 27 ?








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Trail Map

Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back

Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +8.5%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.5%


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The Karamu Walkway winds across farmland. There are several markers - orange triangles and white posts which guide the way. Wonderful views in all directions from the high points.

Limestone bluffs.

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Signposted carpark available. No facilities.

28 km

28 minutes





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

There are some streams on this route but as they cross farmland it's advisable to carry your own water

Working farm. Sheep, goats, pigs and cattle, including bulls.
Mostly exposed to the elements - can get very windy.

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Paul Ewart

Paul Ewart

has completed Karamu Walkway South 3 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

This was a low score because I could not finish the trail, and have no idea what 2/3 of the track was like. About 2km in on the uphill section there is a cabbage tree across the track, and we could see no easy safe way through. This trail has reportedly been run this year though; I would love to know the trick to that tree - perhaps you need to be tall to be able to take a first step up?! Either way, can the next person who goes up here please take a chainsaw or machete! Frustrating adventure but an adventure nonetheless.

Kirsten Fryer

June 29

Superb track with great farm views and time spent amongst the sheep.

Anthony Sowerby

May 4, 2023

This is a neat trail with a good variety of terrain. Bush, paddocks, hills, good views and the odd feral goat. Lots of fun.

chris atkinson

December 14, 2021

This trail is one of my favourites. It is only 30 min from home and has a mix of farm track, single track and big hills. Beware the wet though as there is a fair amount of clay on the climb between about 1.5 to 3.5 km.
Also there are some fiesty magpies that are quite territorial and do a bit of swooping especially in the spring and summer.
The sheep were in chorus today and made great entertainment.

Paul Ewart

December 5, 2021

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