Steps on the Waterworks Track

Image: Teresa Gibbison | Creative Commons


Pass through attractive native bush, alongside a stream, to an old dam - it's an easy and popular walk.

Track overview

1 km

Walking and tramping

1 hr return Easiest: Short walk

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


This walk passes through attractive native bush alongside the Mangarata Stream on the way to an old dam.

The track is an easy gradient with an all-weather surface. But be alert for falling rocks on the narrower parts of the track between the waterfall and the stairs. Don’t stop on these sections and be extremely cautious in bad weather, when the likelihood of falling rocks increases.

Getting there

The track starts on Brownlee Avenue, off Hakarimata Road, approx. 1 km north of Ngaruawahia.

History and culture

The 750,000 litre reservoir, built in 1922, was once the water supply for Ngaruawahia.


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