Steps on the Hakarimata Summit Track

Image: Derek Bao | ©


Climb to the summit of Hakarimata (374 m) and enjoy good views for the summit tower out towards the coast, across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu.

Track overview

2 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

3 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a cleaning station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

    How you can help save kauri

About this track


Follow the Waterworks Walk to just before the dam where the track branches off to the right and climbs steeply up a well constructed set of steps and stairs. Be careful on the narrower parts of the Waterworks Walk between the waterfall and the stairs. Look and listen out for falling rocks and don’t stop on these sections, especially in bad weather.

It is a 335 metre climb from Brownlee Avenue to the summit with 1,349 steps. The track meets the Hakarimata Walkway and the summit tower at 374 metres above sea level.

In spring you can smell the scented daphne, Alseuosmia quercifolia or topara growing beside the track. The tower provides good views out towards the coast and across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu on a clear day.

Getting there

The Hakarimata Summit Track is accessed via the Waterworks Walk. The Waterworks Walk starts on Brownlee Avenue, off Hakarimata Road, approx. 1 km north of Ngaruawahia.


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