The Hakarimata mountain range runs from near Huntly to Ngaruawahia, to the west of the Waikato River. The tracks on the range are accessible from 3 different locations. Parker Rd for the northern end and the Kauri Loop Walk, and the track along the full length of the range. Brownlee Ave for the summit track. And Waingaro Rd for the Rail Trail and the southern section of the walkway.
This walk covers the Kauri Loop track and on to the Southern Lookout. Unfortunately the visibility was rather poor on the day. Continue reading
The Hakarimata Summit Track is one of the busiest tracks that I have walked. There was a constant stream of walkers, runners, and trampers going up and down the track. It was a fine and clear Sunday, which probably added to the popularity.
The track consists mainly of steps, 1349 steps in all. The summit is at 374m, with a climb of 335m to the viewing tower at the summit. The climb took almost 90 minutes, the return downhill took just over 30 minutes.
On a clear day, like today, you can see Mt Ruapehu south of Lake Taupo, a total distance of 182km away. Continue reading