Last Updated: 23rd Feb 2024


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Hakarimata, Brownlee Ave Loop.

Ngaruawahia, Waikato

Submitted by Paul Ewart

Last Updated: 23rd Feb 2024


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Grunt Factor: 28 ?

Gnarl Factor: 42 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Run Makeup


Sealed Road

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +7.3%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.4%


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Can be quite muddy through the single track, lots of tree routes, track can be a bit obscure in places, there are markers on the majority of the track. Staired track from top view platform.

This trail includes the peak Hakarimata.

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Parking area on Brownlee Ave.

1 km

2 minutes




The 12 km to 19 km points can be difficult to follow, there are route markers but the track is extremely rooty and foot placement is critical.


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

Take your own hydration, the only other water will often be from the mud.

Mud can exists weeks after rain.

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Trail Reviews

I started at the northern end, heading south before finishing on Hakarimata Road. Big stepped climb to start with, but was rewarded by some magic views of the Waikato. See photos. No issues with mud and route finding, but plenty of tree roots. The run along Hakarimata Road was a bit hairy in places with little shoulder to run on.

Matt Rowbotham

January 27, 2020

I really enjoyed this. Can also add on another ~5km and follow the ridge to Waingaro Road before looping to Brwnlee.

Paul Ewart

February 3, 2019

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