With daylight saving finally kicking off, there is now the opportunity to enjoy an evening workout. Hiking and trail running are a fun alternative to going to the gym or walking by the river or lake and an awesome way to go on a quick adventure with a group of friends midweek.
Keen explorer Kim Parker regularly explores Waikato trails and shares three of her favourite midweek walks near Hamilton.
Kakepuku Track (Te Awamutu)
Off Kakepuku Mountain road, the track on this old volcanic cone heads through bush scenery, has sights and sounds of tui and kereru in the Kakepuku Historic Reserve. At the 449m summit, there is a great view of the Waipa landscape. This 1-2 hour return walk is a good workout. Parts of the track can be mountain biked.
Wairere Falls (Matamata)
Walk through the gorge, into the bush, up the side of this magnificent waterfall. Based in the Kaimais this 1.5 hr return walk certainly feeds the soul. A viewing platform at the halfway point offers a superb opportunity for photographing the waterfall. Head to the end of Goodwin Road, take a friend, a picnic and this walk will be a highlight of the week.
The Hakarimatas (Waterworks and Summit Walk, Ngaruawahia)
Booming with popularity, this walk takes you on a beautiful meander through bush, until you’re slammed with a solid 1349 stairs. This walk will make your butt burn, has a spectacular view, and will most definitely provide a good midweek sense of achievement. The time taken to return varies; a solid 1.5hrs should have you back at the carpark on Brownlee Ave.
NOTE: be sure to clean your shoes before and after this walk so as to prevent the spread kauri dieback.
Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. The disease spreads through soil movement; even the smallest amount of soil can infect a tree. Microscopic spores in the soil infect kauri roots and damage the tissues that carry nutrients within the tree.
You can help stop the spread by:
– Cleaning your gear. Remove soil before NAD after forest visits, clean your shoes, tyres and equipment.
– Staying on the track and off kauri roots.