Hakarimata: Kauri Loop Track

Track category

Walking track


40 min to the kauri grove; 2 hr return for full loop


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.

Parataniwha in Hakarimata Scenic Reserve.
Parataniwha in Hakarimata Scenic

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.

Child and family friendly

A nice walk suitable for children.

Getting there

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

Plan and prepare

Please note: Dogs are prohibited on all Waikato area tracks except for certified guide dogs and permitted hunting dogs.

Kauri dieback disease is attacking kauri trees in Northland. Stop it spreading.

Related link

Hakarimata Scenic Reserve - Tracks brochure (PDF, 1954 K)


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