Once set aside as a water conservation reserve, the Karakariki Scenic Reserve now provides a popular short Waikato Walk.
The Karakariki Reserve was once filled with kauri trees that were milled in the early 1900’s. The remaining forest and small stream provide a peaceful Waikato walk, just outside of Hamilton City.
A 20 minute walk will bring visitors to a small waterfall, where fossils can be found in the rocks and water, while a further 45 minute walk reaches the fenceline and end of the trail.
The waterfall site provides a great spot for a family picnic and paddle in the steam during the hotter months.
Directions: At the start of the track, after the first suspension bridge, head to the left and follow the steam through a small bush remnant and open grassy areas. The waterfall is located after the second bridge.
Karakariki Track details:
- Time: 20 minutes one way to waterfall 45 minutes beyond waterfall to fenceline
- Grade: This track is an advanced tramping track in places
- Track Conditions: Can be muddy during winter months. This trail also crosses private farmland so visitors as asked to not disturb stock. This walkway is also closed from 1 August – 30 September.
- Getting there: The Karakariki track is located at the end of Karakariki Valley Road; Turn left off SH23 between Hamilton & Raglan onto Karakariki Road, then left onto Karakariki Valley Road.
- More info: www.doc.govt.nz
- Please note: Dogs are not permitted along the Karakariki Track