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This well formed track offers spectacular views, beautiful bush and one of the largest kauri trees in the Waikato. It is 40 minutes to the kauri grove, or 2 hours to walk the full loop.

Track overview

3 km loop

Walking and tramping

2 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs

  • Kauri dieback

    Help stop kauri dieback

    Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it.

    • Stay away from kauri tree roots.
    • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.

About this track


Kauri rickers. Photo: Adrienne Grant.
Kauri rickers

This track, from the Parker Rd car park, starts with a flight of stairs then levels out to traverse a largely open face with views to the north. Walk on past an old pa site (hidden by vegetation) through regenerating native bush to a large kauri tree.

A few minutes further on (and past the site of a large kauri that fell in 2009) the track passes through a grove of young kauri (rickers) to a viewpoint over a bush-clad valley.

Return the way you came or, to complete the full loop (3 km), climb up through stands of large rimu to the top viewing point (275 m above seal level) where there are spectacular views to the north and west.

You can also walk for another 20 mins along the Hakarimata Walkway to the 'southern' lookout with views south across to Hamilton city.

The track descends from the top viewpoint, through an attractive grove of nikau palms to the lower viewpoint and car park.

Getting there

This track is in the north of the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

The track leaves from Parker Rd, off Hakarimata Rd between Ngaruawahia and Huntly. 

Nature and conservation

To make it easier to clean your boots before and after visiting the forest, we have installed a boot cleaning station at the Parker Road entrance to the track. Clean your gear to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback.


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