The difficulty of the tracks listed here are rated by Walk, Hike or Overnight/ Multi day criteria
The Waikato region is covers a large area of the upper North Island of New Zealand, stretching from the Lake Taupo(South) to the Bombay hills (North), from the Western coastline to the Bay of Plenty.(East)
Te Aroha – Mt Te Aroha Summit Track:(My visit) Hike: 6 hrs / 9 -10 Km Return, Waikato views on a clear day.
Raglan – Mt Karori Track: Hike: 6 – 8 hrs / 10km, Starting on the coastal side of Mt Karori, the track climbs including some chains to the look out and then on to the summit. (There is a second shorter track to the summit from the other side via farmland but I prefer the MKT.) Car Park: Large gravel (make sure you check out the viewing platform too!)
Pirongia – Kaniwhaniwha Tracks: Walks: 2 – 4 hrs / 7km, Nikau walk and Kaniwhaniwha Caves Track. Hike: 6hrs / 12 km Kahikatea tree Track, all three accessed by the same Car park. Car Park: Large Gravel on two levels
Pirongia – Hirikiwi Look out,(My Visit) Hike: 9 – 10 km / 6 – 8 hrs Return.
Pirongia – Bell Track, Hike: 19km / 10-12 hours, (one way) This route is easily best described as an advanced method of getting to the Cone summit and Pahautea hut, it seemed so nice and easy going when i started out, but becomes particularly grueling in the last third below the Cone… for experienced self-sufficient hikers…
Coromandel – Kaitarakihi: (no DoC information see bottom right map )Hike: 8 Km/ 6 – 8 hrs Return. Climb up a ridge line the Summit. Well marked but despite be careful on corners as it can be easy to walk off the track. Car park: Small gravel car park road side
Putaruru – Blue Springs: Walk: 9.5 Km / 3 hrs Return. Track follows the incredibly clear Waihou stream to the Springs. Lookout, picnic area and toilets at the springs. No swimming. Car park: Large car park and toilets
Karanghake – Karanghake Gorge walks: Walks: 3 x 2.5 – 7 / 1- 4 hrs , exploring the former rail and gold sites in the gorge, including the stunning Windows walk. Car park: Large car park, picnic area, toilet block and information board .
Kauaeranga Valley – Billy Goat Track: Hike: 11 Km /4-6 hrs Circuit: Route Map. Plenty of hills views and history, now including a washed out bridge – significant river crossing. Car park: Large gravelled(for return including road walking, or park second car roadside by river crossing.)
Kauaeranga Valley – Pinnacles Track: Hike Overnight: 6-10 hrs or Pre Book Pinnacles hut: 3-4 hrs one way. Climbing to the hut and if the weather / visibility is clear always head the extra 40 mins. to the summit or you may never see the view.(visibility and temperature changes fast all year round) Car Park: Large Gravelled