Waikato hosts many of the region’s best walkways and cycle ways. Click here to see a map showing local walking and cycle trails

Walking tracks

Explore the open Waikato district on foot! Our district attracts visitors from around the world keen to soak up the district’s breathtaking scenery, clean air, unique landscapes and clear night skies. New Zealand’s national walkway, Te Araroa (Long Pathway) passes through the Waikato region and the stunning Hakarimata Range (also part of Te Araroa) offers visitors outstanding access to a fine stand of kauri trees. The district offers a wide range of tracks to suit all ages and abilities.

For information on Waikato’s walkways, visit www.hamiltonwaikato.com.


Bridal Veil Falls

Bridal Veil Falls, off the main road to Raglan, plunges 55 metres and is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the North Island. There are two viewing platforms plus wheelchair access to the falls. Walkers can descend to the pool below.

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Bridal Veil Falls is a great walking track in Raglan, Waikato district, New Zealand

Ngarunui Track

Access is from Wainui Road along the coast southwest of Raglan. Follow the steps beside Bryant Home Children's Bible Camp to a well-formed track through a small patch of coastal forest. This short 20 minute walk has toilets available at Wainui Reserve and Manu Bay.

Water-race Track

This 25 minute walk follows a historic water-race that in 1924 powered a generator providing electricity for Bryant Home. Access the track from Bryant Home Children's Bible Camp or via Upper Wainui Road down an access strip leading to a bridge.


The 18 kilometre long Pipiwharauroa Trail winds over the Te Uku Wind Farm site and offers 360 degree views across the greater Waikato inclding Raglan, Kawhia and Aotea harbours, and on a clear day, Mt Taranaki.


This track has yet to be fully formed and requires good fitness and tramping or hiking boots. A steep descent begins the walk that flattens out closer to the coast and takes in the remains of ancient Māori settlement. A viewing platform on the edge of the gorge provides safe access to rugged coastal views.


Mount Karioi, which stands guard over the Raglan township, is a 2.4 million year old extinct volcano and the views from the summit are spectacular. It reaches 755 metres at its highest peak and boasts a range of tracks according to difficulty. On a fine day, trampers enjoy vistas of Mt Taranaki, Pureora, Maungamangero, Mt Pirongia and Te Aroha as well as local harbours and New Zealand’s largest inland ecological reserve, Maungatautari.Mt Karioi Summit Track is a 3 hour uphill challenge in Raglan, Waikato district, NZ

Karioi Track

This is the steeper but more scenic of the two summit tracks. Once over the stile at the start of the track, it’s all uphill, but there are plenty of good vantage points to stop, catch your breath and admire the view. The Karioi Track walk is 3.5 hours to the summit or 2 hours to the lookout and offers sunning views of the coast.

Wairake Track

This is the shortest route to the Mt Karioi summit, a 40 minute walk across private farmland to the bush edge from the carpark off Ruapuke Road. From the bush edge, the track climbs steadily through coastal forest to the summit. Approximately 2-3 hours to summit.


Hakarimata Ranges - Summit Track Entrance

Hakarimata Ranges

The Hakarimata Ranges offer eight distinct tracks for different abilities. All offer stunning views and outstanding access to kauri trees, ancient giants of the New Zealand forest, as well as rimu and nikau.

Hakarimata Summit Track

The most popular track is the Hakarimata Summit which tested the endurance of over 140,000 visitors in 2016. This track has 1349 steps that climb 374 metres but it's worth every step. The stunning views of the coast, across the Waikato basin and down to Ruapehu are a welcome sight at the top! 

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Image supplied by Ellen Wilson - Hakarimata Summit Track at dusk.

Hakarimata Rail Trail

This is a great track for a family walk or cycle and follows the former Ngaruawahia / Glen Massey railway to attractive stream cascades. It is about 30 minutes one way.  


Kauri Loop Track

This well-formed track offers spectacular views, beautiful bush and one of the largest kauri trees in the Waikato. This is a one hour walk.  

Waterworks Walk - Hakarimata Dam

This lovely walk passes through attractive native bush, alongside a stream to the old Hakarimata dam. This is a three hour loop track.  

Hakarimata Walkway

If you are wanting a longer tramp this is the one for you!  Walk the length of the Hakarimata Range and enjoy excellent views towards the coast and across the Waikato Basin. This is an advanced walk that may take up to 7.5 hours to complete. 

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The Hakarimata Summit walk is 1349 steps and tests visitors endurance. Ngaruawahia walks, Waikato district, NZ


Lake Hakanoa Walkway AND the Green Cathedral

Lake Hakanoa in Huntly is famous for its beautiful scenery and the lake walk is hugely popular as it is both pram and wheelchair friendly. The 4km track is a favourite with locals and visitors due to its ease and accessibility.

The lake walkway is split into thirteen zones including a native tree reserve, Japanese Garden, Global Garden, Wildlife Gardens, Palm Beach, Contemporary Maori Garden, Green Cathedral (popular spot for weddings), Ponga Grove, wetlands and more, making for great picnic spots along the way. 

Lake Hakanoa, Huntly is an easy family-friendly walk in Waikato district, NZ.

Lake  Puketerini

Puketirini Park, a former opencast mine, is now Lake Puketerini, a pristine lake for sailing, boating, skiing, and kayaking. Enjoy easy cross-country walks, runs or mountain bike rides over rolling countryside.

Lake Puketirini is an easy walk that offers a beautiful lake outlook.

Waiuku Forest offers many walking tracks at differing abilities, Waikato district, new zealand

Waiuku Forest

Waiuku Forest, 13km south of Waiuku, covers 1,508 hectares and is planted in Pinus Radiata. While a ‘working forest', it provides a wide range of recreational opportunities including beach and river access, mountain biking, tracks, horse riding, orienteering, fishing, swimming and picnicking. Lookouts offer extensive views over the Tasman Sea, Port Waikato and the Waikato River. Access to the forest is restricted to between 7am and 6pm daily.

Whangamarino historic walkway in waikato district, new zealand.

Whangamarino Historic Walk

Marvel at regenerating native bush of tree ferns, mahoe, mapou, hangehange and more before climbing up a grassy spur with views over the Waikato River.  At the top of the spur are fortification ditches that were part of Te Teoteo’s Pa, a pre-European pa site. A short distance further is the Whangamarino Redoubt which was occupied by British forces during the Waikato Land Wars of 1863-64.

PUkemokemoke Bush Reserve 

Only 20 minutes from Hamilton, drive past the Woodlands Cafe in Gordonton, to Whitikahu-Tauhei Road to find the Pukemokemoke Bush Reserve located on the left hand side. The Pukemokemoke Bush Loop Track is a great Waikato walking trail, boasting over 300 native plants including matai, totara, kauri, kanuka and kahikatea, great picnic spots and stunning views of the wider region. The lookout at the summit of the track provides stunning 360 degree views of the region, with the Hakarimata Ranges, Mt Te Aroha and more visible on a clear day. From the summit the track loops back down the mountain to the log hauler site, a large clearing perfect for a family picnic in the sunshine and further exploration of the other tracks and rejuvenation efforts happening in the reserve. Allow 1 hour 30 minutes to complete circuit.

Underground Adventures - Nikau Caves

Visit these unspoiled limestone formations in the Waikaretu Valley.For a wonderful entry-level underground experience, journey under the earth in the North Waikato and wonder at the untouched limestone formations and glow worms, stalactites and stalagmites of Nikau Caves, all within close proximity to Auckland, and without the crowds of Waitomo Caves.

Nikau caves walk is 45 minutes from Waikato expressway in Waikato district, New Zealand.

Waikato walking tracks

There are so many amazing walking tracks throughout the Waikato district. For a full list of walking tracks in the stunning natural environment of Waikato visit the DOC website.

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Waikato is, quite simply, one of the best cycling and mountain biking destinations in the world. It is the ‘go to’ region for visitors seeking to cycle. The area boasts a huge variety of top quality cycling tracks and mountain biking trails including the iconic Te Awa Cycle Way (The Great New Zealand River Ride). Ultimately, Te Awa will run from Ngāruawāhia south to Lake Karapiro, following the mighty Waikato River and offering stunning river and lake vistas, native bush and rural landscapes.


Motorsport attracts thousands of people every year to the Waikato district, keen to soak up easily accessed international motorsport in an outstanding atmosphere. Facilities include the international race circuit at Hampton Downs, the speedway circuit at Huntly and dragway racing at Meremere. From hot laps to hot rods, from superbikes to stockcars and dragsters, the Waikato offers something for all motorsport fans.


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