Summer Trekking The Hakarimata Summit,Ngaruawahia..1/1/2022
Went on a trek today new years day and as nothings open in town I thought I'm going off for a drive, so I packed my back pack...drink bottle, hat, sunscreen,towel,trekking boots,change of cloths, plastic bag, wet wipes, muesli energy bars, 1x banana,bag of nuts, plus cell phone fully charged.. Miss not having my dog with me on this trek but a tribute to her all the same its been almost a year since her passing.
I drove out towards the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve its 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.
This is a good sharp training track for those wanting an offroad run with a challenge. Starting with the 1400 stairs that makes up the famous Hakarimata summit track then running down south along the Hakarimata rail trail then returning for a full loop along Waignaro Road.
The Hakarimata Summit track continues from the Waterworks Walk.
DOC public Images
Follow the Waterworks Track to just before the dam where the track branches off to the right and climbs steeply up to meet the Hakarimata Walkway. The steps look foreboding, but the view at the top is well worth the effort. From the walkway junction, it is 5 mins to the right (north) to the summit (374 m above sea level)
My video from the top of the summit loaded a screen shot from it is below..I'm totally out of breath after that strenuous hike,so took a warranted rest a snack and made my way back down again,which was heaps easier going downhill..
A new viewing tower provides 360o views of the surrounding beautiful NZ countryside.
The Hakarimata Range includes 1,850 ha of native forest which is protected as a Scenic Reserve. There are three public access points to tracks within the reserve.
Hakarimata loop with summit platform is 8.33Km, +344m elevation and makes for great hill training.
DOC Images - New Viewing tower made 2020
Here is a video from some neat maori guys who did a challenge so you can see where and how high it really is...