The walkway around Lake Hakanoa, on the eastern side of SH1 and Huntly, is a popular destination destination, and being almost level it is pram and wheelchair friendly. It is accessible from Huntly Domain at the end of Park Avenue, and also from Lakeview Terrace. When the lake level is high parts of the track may be flooded and inaccessible.
Several parking areas as well as toilets are available in the Domain. Information about the walkway is available on the Huntly i-Site web site. The walkway is about 3.8 km long and is split into 13 different zones, each with it’s own separate and different identity. Development is ongoing at some sites, such as the Japanese garden.
The parking area in the Huntly Domain, at the end of Park Avenue, with the entrance to the walkway to the right of the parked vehicles.
The entrance portal at the start of the walkway around Lake Hakanoa.
Information about the lake and about the 13 zones along the walkway is available in the entrance portal.
Not far from the entrance there is a Japanese garden, Seibu Bunri Gardens. Sponsors are still being sought for various features of the gardens.
The track through the wildlife refuge zone is almost at the same level as the lake, and can be flooded.
On a hillside alongside the track there is a global garden, divided into areas with plants from 8 different regions. New Zealand plants take up 3 of the 10 areas.
Some of the plants from the North American region.
South African plants.
South Pacific plants, across the track from a small jetty.
The oak tree was grown from an acorn by a 9 year old schoolboy in 1923.
The Huntly Power Station with its two large chimneys is clearly visible from many locations along the track.
The track has some options in various locations, including a boardwalk part, with the normal track behind the trees on the left.
Genesis Energy gardens, with a prominent sundial.
Rahui Pokeka gardens. The parking area accessible off Lakeview Terrace is visible at the lake edge to the right of centre.
The entrance to Rahui Pokeka gardens by the parking area.
An entrance to the Green Cathedral, a spot often chosen for weddings, with seating for up to 180 guests.
The Green Cathedral.
Crossing over the outflow, with water flowing from the lake to the Waikato River.
Fishing for certain species of fish is allowed without a permit.
The lake has a large population of black swans, geese, ducks, and various other aquatic birds.
The GPS tracklog shows the route followed around the lake, walking in an anti-clockwise direction, starting from the lake edge near the end of Park Avenue.
Total distance walked was about 3.8 km, and due to numerous photo stops it took almost 1 hour 15 minutes. Normal walking time would be about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
The aerial image, from Google Maps, shows the same area as the tracklog.
The track was walked on August 5, 2017.