View from the upper Hakarimata lookout on the Kauri Loop Track
Image: Kyle Bland ©


This well formed track offers spectacular views, beautiful bush and one of the largest kauri trees in the Waikato.

Track overview

3 km loop

Walking and tramping

40 min | 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. Image: Adrienne Grant.
Kauri rickers

Kauri grove

Time: 40 min one way

The track starts with a flight of stairs, then levels out to cross a largely open face with views to the north. Walk past an old pa site (hidden by vegetation) through regenerating native bush to a large kauri tree, estimated to be over a thousand years old.

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 that looks out across the forest.

Return the way you came or continue on to complete the full loop.

Full loop

Time: 2 hr

From the viewpoint, climb up through stands of large rimu to an excellent view point of Huntly and the north Waikato lakes.

From here you can continue on the Hakarimata Walkway to the Southern Lookout (20 min, 700 m) with views that extend across Hamilton and south to Tongariro National Park on a clear day. Otherwise continue on the loop track, descend through an attractive grove of nikau palms to a lower viewpoint and the car park.

Getting there

The track is 6.9 km south of Huntly and 11.2 km north of Ngaruawahia. It starts from the end of Parker Road, off Hakarimata Road which connects these two towns.


Te Rapa Base
Phone:   +64 7 858 1000
Address:   73 Rostrevor Street
Hamilton 3200
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