Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Lake Ngaroto

Hamilton, Waikato

Submitted by Emma Dryland

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 10 ?






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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Totally/mostly flat

Dog Friendly

Native bush


Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +1.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -1.2%


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At the very end of the road, just pass the last building there is a small entry on the left hand side. Follow this well groomed path around the lake. There are some sections of boardwalk and a few bridges. There are also km markers as you go around. The track exits at the first car park. With a couple hundred meters along the road to return to the start.

Natural wetland

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There are two sets of car parks and both with toilets near by.

30 km

30 minutes




Generally good.

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

Pack your own

During May and June duck hunters may use the track to access maimais.

Walton Street Coffee & Creative
Walton St, Te Awamutu
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Trail Legend

Hamon McKay

Hamon McKay

has completed Lake Ngaroto 59 times in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Nice flat scenic trail. Loved the boardwalk and trails. Can do as many loops as you want. Dog friendly to take furry friends.

Karen Russell

October 12, 2020

Great flat loop to train on. Some wetlands flood a little in winter at become stagnant. The track otherwise is fine

Renee Altham

June 3, 2018

A great after work as many loops as you like. The boardwalk over the boggy part is a bit bouncy as it 'floats' and seems to lean to one side. As mentioned in previous review, it can sometimes be a bit smelly! Mostly fairly exposed but some nice bits of shade in the bush too. Easy underfoot.

Anne-Louise Robertson

February 6, 2018

An excellent flat run, and is especially gorgeous in the early morning by the lake. Its technically easy, with well formed trail and a few boardwalks, and can be looped a few times if you're after a few more kms. Sometimes the nearby farms and stagnant pools of water can smell a bit but there is lots of good work being done to regenerate the plant life and get's better every year.

Jayne Tankersley

February 6, 2018

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