Walker on the Hakarimata Walkway, Hakarimata Scenic Reserve
Image: Derek Bao ©


The Hakarimata Scenic Reserve near Ngaruawahia is a great place to see kauri and to enjoy a walk or tramp through native bush.


The reserve protects 1,850 ha of native forest. The large kauri on the Kauri Loop Track is rare for this area. Find out about nature and conservation in the reserve. 

Place overview


  • Hunting
  • Walking and tramping
  • 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.

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    The Hakarimata Scenic Reserve is located 17 km north-west of Hamilton, near Ngaruawahia. It is a great place  to enjoy a walk or tramp through native bush, including kauri, in close proximity to Hamilton.

    There are three access points to the reserve: off Waingaro Road to the south, from Brownlee Avenue at Ngaruawahia, and from Parker Road at the northern end.


    Te Rapa Office
    Phone:   +64 7 850 8378
    Email:   waikato@doc.govt.nz
    Address:   5 Northway St
    Te Rapa
    Hamilton 3200
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