Mother and baby on bridge, Karakariki Track.

Image: Adrienne Grant | DOC


With suspension bridges, a stream, a waterfall and a nice spot for a picnic, this track has plenty to keep kids entertained.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

20 and 45 mins one way Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Carpark to waterfall: 20 mins one way
Waterfall to fenceline: 45 mins one way

The first part of the track starts and ends with suspension bridges.

After the first bridge head to the left and follow the stream through a small bush remnant and open grassy areas.

After the second bridge it doesn't take long to reach the small waterfall - a good spot for a family picnic and a paddle in the stream (cross the ford on true right of the stream for a nice picnic spot).

You can explore upstream beyond the waterfall and look for fossils in the rocks and water.

On the true left, beyond the second suspension bridge and five minutes further along the track, you can cross the unbridged stream and follow a steep climb up to a bush-covered ridge. The track ends at the boundary fence - there is no view from this point; do not climb the fence.

A good track for children (though be aware it can be muddy, especially in winter), picnicking and looking for fossils in the stream below the waterfall.  It is a good track for summer walking.

Getting there

Turn off the Hamilton/Raglan Highway (SH23) into Karakariki Rd, then turn left into Karakariki Valley Rd to the car park at the road end.

Know before you go

  • The first part of the track crosses private farmland. Respect the owner's rights and do not disturb stock.
  • The track can become very muddy, especially in winter, due to pugging by stock; be mindful of this and wear appropriate footwear.
  • Pet dogs are not allowed in the reserve.
  • Hunting dogs must have a permit and are only permitted in the reserve between 1 October and 30 June.
  • A restricted hunting permit issued by DOC covers only the 486 hectares of the reserve and not the adjoining bush blocks. No hunting is allowed in the reserve during lambing season, between 1 July and 30 September.


Te Rapa Office
Phone:   +64 7 850 8378
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   5 Northway St
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3200
Postal Address:   PO Box 20025
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3241
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