Hiking in the Waikato

Explore the Waikato by Foot

Hiking allows you to discover the beautiful landscapes, native birds and vivid vistas of New Zealand. The vast number of waterfall walks, coastal walkways, Forest trails, river walks and mountain crossings offer a unique and intimate array of experiences and access to secluded natural treasures.

We offer:

  • Personalized information provided by a hiking enthusiast to help you choose a great hike/tramp.
  • Advice on Short walks which can be enjoyed as a day outing or an add-on to your tour.
  • Assistance with Group drop off and pick up on one way or Day hikes.
  • Please note we do not offer Guided services and all hikes are undertaken at your own risk.

Contact us to discuss your next hiking adventure.

 

Short Walks

With hundreds of short walks available ranging in duration from 10 min to 3 hours you may feel spoilt for choice. Need help choosing the right hike for you or looking for an option which will slot easily into your tour program there is a perfect fit for you and Greta can help you find it.

Day Hikes

Feeling more adventurous or have more time to really explore the secluded beauty of New Zealand why not talk to us about the great Day hike options available and how we can assist with pick ups and drop offs. Duration generally 4 hrs to 8 hrs.

Multi-Day Hikes

We can assist with information and local knowledge of the best multi Day hikes to suit your needs. Consultations are available to discuss you personal needs. We suggest only experienced hikers undertake multi day hikes.

 

 

With so many great walks to choose from here are a few of our favorites but there are definitely a whole lot more to discuss with Greta.

Mangapohue Natural Bridge

The remains of an ancient cave system which now stands as a stunning natural bridge.

Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari

This is a haven for native wildlife and plants such as kiwi, kokako (wattlebird), tuatara and more, Maungatautari also provides great walking and hiking tracks.(entrance fee applicable)

Waiorongomai Valley

The Waiorongomai Valley in Te Aroha is a significant gold mining area in the Kaimai Mamaku Forest Park which offers numerous walking trails taking in key historic mining sites.

Waireinga / Bridal Veil Falls

Only 15 minutes’ drive from Raglan, the spectacular 55-metre-high Bridal Veil Falls, also known as the Wairēinga Falls is a popular Waikato walking track.

Blue Spring – Te Waihou Walkway

The Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway has water so pure it supplies around 60% of New Zealand’s bottled water.

Hamilton Gardens to Hamilton City

The walk from Hamilton Gardens into the city centre, enables visitors to enjoy the grandeur of New Zealand’s longest river, and will bring you to Hamilton’s historic southern end.

Wairere Falls

The Wairere Falls is the highest waterfall in the North Island and a popular walking track.

Mt Pirongia Forest Park

With a range of trails to choose from the Pirongia walks provide a rejuvenating experience amongst lush native forest and clear mountain streams.

Hakarimata Summit Track

Venture up to the Hakarimata Summit, 374 metres above sea level, which includes the infamous staircase, a popular challenge with both locals and visitors alike. Not for the faint of heart.

Kauri Loop Track

View native Kauri trees up close on the Hakarimata Kauri Loop Track. Marvel at these strong, ancient giants of the forest and stroll through a grove of young Kauri, as well as Rimu and Nikau on this picturesque bush walk.

Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve

The Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve is home to great tramping and walking trails along with areas for other recreational activities.

Mt Te Aroha

From the summit there are 360 degree views across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, and Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Taranaki are all visible on a clear day.

Taitua Arboretum

Featuring lakes, woodland gardens, birdlife and ample picnic spots, all linked by a network of walking tracks, the Taitua Arboretum is perfect for a leisurely weekend stroll, family picnic or more active outing.

 

Bikes and helmets available for hire from $40/bike

Transportation

Bike Hike Stay can provide transportation for guests wishing to explore the region. A shuttle service and airport shuttle that seats up to 10 people are available for a small surcharge. Please contact us if you wish to arrange this service.

Maungatautari Mountain

While there are several access tracks to the summit of this ancient volcano, the entrance from Hicks Rd, off Maungatautari Rd, is the closest to Cambridge. The well-marked route to the summit takes less than two hours; the full traverse to Tarai Road, a moderate-to-difficult hike, takes between five and six hours. Take adequate food and water supplies and be sure to make return transport arrangements from Pukeatua if you plan to complete the traverse.
http://www.cambridge.co.nz/things-to-do/walk-cycle-ways/maungatautiri

Grade: Easy-moderate-difficult Distance: Various Time: Approx 2-6 hours

Hamilton Gardens to Hamilton City

The walk from Hamilton Gardens into the city centre, enables visitors to enjoy the grandeur of New Zealand’s longest river, and will bring you to Hamilton’s historic southern end. Many of the city’s heritage buildings are concentrated at the south end of Victoria Street, between Collingwood and Knox Streets. The Waikato Museum and ArtsPost Gallery, situated on the banks of the river, are also worth a visit. Hayes Common is a popular neighbourhood eatery halfway between the Gardens and the City, and makes an ideal coffee stop. Further fare can be enjoyed from one of Hamilton’s many vibrant cafes once you reach your destination.

Grade: Easy Distance: 4km Time: Approx 1 hour

Cambridge walkways

‘Discover Cambridge, where recreation is a lifestyle’, is the heading on the official iSite map of this attractive and historic town. Taking to the walking trails around the Waikato township, whether it be a wetlands, heritage or suburban stroll, will guarantee you see the best Cambridge has to offer. Greta or Tony will be able to recommend their favourites, or check out the options on the iSite website, including the Maungakawa Scenic Reserve.
http://www.cambridge.co.nz/things-to-do/walk-cycle-ways/walks

Grade: Various Distance: Various Time: Various