Hakarimata Walkway
Hakarimata Walkway
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Kaie Nawasa
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
Not easy. But definitely satisfying. Fantastic views and beautiful forest cover with all it's beautiful trees and plants and of course breath taking scenic views. Energy sapping but there is no greater sense of accomplishment once you have finished the walk...woohoo....Loved It!
Written 5 January 2021
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Scott Marks
Auckland Central, New Zealand333 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
The start of the trails follows the old Glen Massey railway line and runs for about 1.5 km. At the end of this bit is a picnic area and toilet. The rail walk is flat and mostly gravel or grass. Easy to bike and there a bike stand at the picnic area. After the picnic area the old rail line is overgrown and not accessible, but when it was active is used to run through to into Glen Massey, however was closed in 1954. There has been some talk about extending the trail further along the old railway but as of Sep 2020 there's been no further progress.
From the picnic area the trail stops following the old railway line and starts heading up to the the ridgeline of the Hakarimatas.
A little way along you'll find Cascade waterfall. You can climb up some of the waterfall to another few waterfall steps up the river.
If you continue up to the ridge it'll take about 2 hours along the Hakarimata ridgeline to the summit. A warning though, this is a tough walk with a lot of stair climbing. If you're not fit, or an experienced hiker I wouldn't recommend it.
Written 6 September 2020
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Rabita S.
230 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
It's a gruelling hike if you aren't an experienced hiker. Around 600 steps I seriously felt like giving up. I'm so glad I didn't though. The view from the top is beautiful. However, even more than that, the sense of achievement is truly worth it.

The track is well maintained and feels safe. It took me 3.5 hours with a lot of breaks along the way. On a hot day walking under the trees is a welcome respite. The markers for each hundred steps and the inspirational quotes are a really nice touch. However, frustratingly, there is no tap on top to get a drink from. It is sorely needed, because a lot of people deplete their water on the way up.

Kudos to the mums doing the climb with babies hanging in front. Left me awestruck 🤯
Written 17 January 2020
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Kiwialan
Huntly, New Zealand144 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
Found the road very easy and parked the car, took notice of Docs sign to clean your feet and don't 'wreck' the trees. Medium strong work, about a hundred steps but take it easy and you are okay. Magnificent large trees and a lot of smaller ones growing nearby. Will be back to complete the full work though one day
Written 25 December 2019
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takewee
Singapore, Singapore752 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Solo
It is demanding but this track is used lots of locals for workouts and some even do more than twice each time! Kudos to them!
I lost count of the stairs but do take care of your heart. It needs certain level of fitness for this activity.
The view is great and there are many signs that is pretty enriching and motivating as shown in my pic!
Have fun! Follow the google map navigation is better than Waze as I almost ended up in someone’s farm or land.
Written 21 August 2019
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Geoff G
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
There are over 1300 steps on this strenuous walk!!!!!!. Great for the fit and fast who enjoy a bit of pain rewarded with great views of the Mighty Waikato.
Written 29 October 2018
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Nzattitude
Auckland, New Zealand312 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018
Very nice walk through beautiful Bush. Various options in terms of how far and how demanding you want. Recommend if you happen to be in the neighbourhood. Clean your boots to protect the Kauri.
Written 10 March 2018
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Andre M
Manukau, New Zealand140 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Couples
This is the Hakarimata Summit Walk in Ngaruawahia.
Great hike up a lot of steps. Native bush, streams and views are fantastic. On a sunny day the bush shade is most welcoming. Track steps are mostly wooden and well maintained. As with with previous reviews - it is extremely satisfying to make it to the top.

seems quite a popular walk during holidays. Can be very busy. There is a small carpark off Brownlee Ave with toilets which fills up quickly, but roadside parking also available.

We drove down from Auckland and started the walk at about 9am. We are a couple in our mid-fifties and my partner has dodgy knees so we took our time. for us it was about 3.5hrs to go up and down. Apart from the busy-ness (traffic) on the day we went I highly recommend this walk, but next time will try go on a normal week day or weekend.
Written 29 December 2017
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Keila B
Montreal, Canada79 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Friends
the walk is not the easiest, as there are a lot of steps to get to the top. However, it gives you a great view of the Waikato River and if you get a blue sky, it gives you great photo opportunities!
Written 24 April 2017
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kem1122016
Hamilton, New Zealand46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Solo
I completed the Hakarimata Summit walk which was extremely satisfying. The recommended time for return trip is 3 hours. The track is well formed and takes you uphill through beautiful native bush, and the sound of birdsong.
Pick a day where there has been no recent heavy rain as it will be more pleasant when dry.
The climb is not easy but for those who are fitter than me, it also appeals as an option for running it or even carrying added weight. This would not suit young children.
Written 13 February 2017
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