Pre-match jaunts – Waterworks Track
North of Hamilton by 10km is the town of Ngaruawahia where an easy walk leaves from Brownlee Avenue off Hakarimata Road and passes through attractive native bush alongside the Mangarata Stream to an old dam built in 1922. The track to the dam is an easy gradient with an all-weather metalled surface.
This leaves from Parker Road, off Hakarimata Road near the Waterworks Track. The track levels out to traverse a largely open face with views to the north. Walk on past an old pa (Maori fortification) site through regenerating native bush to a large kauri tree and a viewpoint over a bush-clad valley.
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