Hakarimata Kauri Grove
Hakarimata Kauri Grove
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Melanie T
35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
The views from the summit are amazing! The track is well maintained and was a bit muddy in places, but after the rain we have had recently this was really good.

Killer stairs and not for the physically unfit. I thought I was reasonably fit but finished with jelly legs afterwards! Took me an hour up and 40 mins down. Recommended time is 1 hour 30 each way.
Written 15 September 2019
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Kolan C
Hamilton, New Zealand96 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017
This track is called Hakarimata Rail Track . Absolutely fabulous views and forest. There steps and natural roots and tress , good hiking track .if are around Waikato-Ngaruawahia it's a must place to hike .
Written 13 May 2017
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Kiwialan
Huntly, New Zealand144 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Couples
The Hakarimata Kauri Grove. Enjoy our own area of Native Bush, including Kauri Trees, (6-800 years old) Glimpses and the sounds of our native birds, streams and waterfalls, all this and more, and it's just 2 k's south of Huntly on the west bank of the Waikato River (Parker Rd, of Hakarimata Rd, continuation of River Riew Rd)
I can recommend this walk to the Kauri Grove but it has a steep climb up about 120 steps to the first rest stop (seat by the old Pine tree) then it's a little better to where you get to the Kauri trees. One of the largest one was blown down a while ago by a great storm, put it's still there but not standing up. Now you can retrace your steps back to the car park, or if you feel really keen carry on to the top of the hill. There you get a great view of the Waikato River and Huntly and have another rest. From here you can either return or take the short straight down - it's steep and not recommended only for the fit. Second choice you can follow the walkway and carry through to Ngaruawahia but the total time for that trip is about 10 hours. Normally allow about 2 to 3 hours for the Kauri tree trip
Written 18 January 2017
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travel7792
Hamilton, New Zealand257 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Solo
1300 odd steps up, 354m of elevation along a 2.2km track - really enjoyable challenge and recommend to all!
Written 31 December 2016
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Judy N
Huntly, New Zealand15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2015 • Couples
This incredible walkway is situated just south of Huntly and forms part of the Te Araroa Walkway trail. The full trail starts, either at Ngaruawahia or Parker Road, Huntly, depending whether you are travelling North to South or South to North.

The central part of the trail has some areas which are more unkept that the ends. The average time to walk the trail is between 5 - 6 hours with reasonable fitness.

There are beautiful huge old trees as well as regenerating forest. Many inspiring Kauri and Rata which was in full flower.

We, as Huntly residents, are very fortunate to have this treasure on our doorstep.
This is definitely 10 out of 10.
Written 15 March 2016
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Jodene C
Huntly, New Zealand17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2016 • Family
Not for the faint hearted, there are plenty of stairs on this walk but your hard work is well rewarded. The view from the summit is simply stunning and you are treated to a huge Kauri tree on the loop.
Used by the locals for a running track, it is very popular...however as it is a loop you rarely cross paths therefore it is a quiet and peaceful experience.
Written 10 January 2016
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Lynn6223
Taupiri, New Zealand7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2015
I find the Kauri Grove hike to be a good distance and not as exhausting as some. I like to turn right when the path splits, and walk past the Kauri grove first. Then I come down the steepest track, as it is a loop.
Written 30 November 2015
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Peter_dR_NZ
Hamilton, New Zealand309 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2015 • Solo
The Kauri Loop Track is supposed to be a 2hr walk according to the signs, but it can be easily in half that time. This was slightly disappointing. The track is fairly steep but doable. Signs explaining the various trees growing along the track, including the Kauri, are very informative and the views from the top are worth the walk. Still, I prefer the Hakarimata Summit track, at Ngaruawahia which is a bit more challenging and longer.
Written 12 July 2015
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Kerry M
Hamilton, New Zealand23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2014
Who knew that there was not just the 1 Kauri so close the Hamilton, but a whole grove! Great walk and awesome views of the Kauri and the surrounding Waikato. You can clearly see the Bombay hills to the north and on a clear day you can make out Ruapehu to the south. Be warned though - all the steps are not for the light hearted - it is a good hard walk. Pack a lunch, take lots of water, take the family.
Written 6 July 2015
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Pete
Hamilton, New Zealand84 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Completed the Hakaramata steps today in Ngaruawahia , 2000 steps through magnificent New Zealand forest . See lots of local fauna and the odd Kauri tree . The view from the top was great . It takes about an hour but there is plenty of opportunity to stop on the way .
Written 26 January 2015
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