Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Hakarimata Traverse

Ngaruawahia, Waikato

Submitted by Jayne Tankersley

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 31 ?

Gnarl Factor: 71 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.6%

Average Downhill Gradient: -12.3%


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You'll see the sign at the start of the track for the Hakarimata Trail to Parker Road. The first 1.5 kms is flat and a nice easy warm up through a track on grass fields, before turning right onto the track towards Parker Road, where you have another 1.5 kms of gentle climbing, on a well maintained track with steps.

At about 3km the terrain changes and becomes more technical, and there are some steep slopes to scramble up. At 4.5 kms you will join with the Hakarimata Summit Track (Huks steps) where it's a 100m or so to the summit. Take in the view at the viewing tower before heading off again. The track continues past the Helicopter Pad, but the entrance can be overgrown sometimes. This track is maintained at tramping track level so can be seriously overgrown sometimes, so keep an eye out for the orange markers and expect some stops while you navigate the terrain. It's rooty and sometimes very steep underfoot.

The track continues for about 8 kms on this route. Then you will meet up with the north end track, and descend the steps for the final 1.5 or so kms. Recommended to wear long pants or socks, and good trail shoes, as there is gorse and grass. Either return by road back to the carpark (11.5kms) or get picked up...or if you're hard as nails - go back the way you came!

This trail includes the peak Hakarimata.

2 km

3 minutes




Some overgrown bits in the second half of the track will need patience to find the route.

Generally good.

Short-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone

No water on route

Very muddy after rain

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Peter Futterup

has completed Hakarimata Traverse once in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Stairs are the best bit! Great burn and you can actually run for more than a minute or two! Very rooty frustrating middle section which is slow going. All jungle, no views whilst running.

Steve Hillier

February 6, 2023

This track is seriously gnarly. Great fun and absolutely beautiful, but the middle 9km is pretty tough with about 40% roots, 40% mud and 20% relatively cruisey trial. Southern section seems to have had a lot of work recently with new metalled surface and lots of steps. The ridge makes for a good skyline from the highway so it's pretty satisfying having completed the traverse.

Shanyn Curry

December 26, 2022

At first you curse the stairs. About five minutes later you long for those stairs. Immense amount of time must be spent avoiding an ankle injury. Beautiful beautiful native bush. Amazing view at the end.

Karen Koch

January 24, 2021

Nice and dry in the 2020 drought, so more runnable than usual. Rooty in parts. Good run, hills much more enjoyable than the road section back.

Dawn Tuffery

April 25, 2020

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