Lake Hakanoa Walkway
Take a walk around the historic and stunning Lake Hakanoa. Dedicated Huntly locals supported by the Waikato District Council and key funders have transformed this wilderness into Huntly's most sought after attraction.
Walking at a steady pace it should take you around 45 minutes to walk around the 3.62 Km that circles the entire Lake Hakanoa. The walkway is split into 13 different zones, each with it's own separate and different identity.
Entrance to The Lake Hakanoa Walkway is at the Huntly Domain, at the end of Park Avenue.
What was once the Weavers Opencast Mine is now Lake Puketrini, a pristine lake for sailing, boating, and swimming. The lake provides tracks for walking, cross country, off road running and mountain biking, along with rest points and viewing spots with glimpses of the lake.
There is also a boat ramp and two jetties for boating and sailing.
There is also a large diving platform for deep diving training.
The walking track around Lake Puketrini will take you 1.15 hours at a steady pace. Lake Puketrini is located 400 metres to the west of the Tainui Bridge on Rotowaro Road.
Taupiri Summit Tramping Track
Taupiri Mountain has strong cultural ties for the Waikato Maori. The mountain is the Waikato's most sacred burial ground and is where many of the notable Maori leaders are buried. The track is well maintained and well marked with rest stops along the way.
There is no public car parks next to the walking track, but you can park your car aside the river or in the Taupiri township and walk the short distance to the walking track.
The track will take you an hour and a half at a steady pace, with stunning views of the Waikato River and local mines from the summit.
Located in the Hakarimata Scenic Reserve, this is one of the first walkways to be opened in New Zealand. It takes a long 8 hours to walk the 10.5 km's one way, but the views are well worth the walk. Entrances to the walkway are at Waingaro Road and Brownlee Ave in Ngaruawahia and Parker Road just south of Huntly.
There are a number of shorter walks on the reserve such as the Waterworks, which leaves Brownlee Ave in Ngaruawahia and passes through attractive bush and alongside Mangarata Stream on the way to an old dam. This track will take you an hour to complete at a steady pace.
There is also the Kauri Loop Track which leaves Parker Road, just south of Huntly. Starting with a long flight of stairs, the track leaves out a large open face with views of Huntly. Walk on past an old pa site and through bush to the large kauri trees. A few minutes further on you reach the kauri grove bush viewpoint. Return the way you came, or to complete the full loop, continue through stands of large rimu to the top viewpoint with its spectacular views to the north and west. This track will take you 2 hours to complete at a steady pace.