Hakarimatas! – Walking off a Hangover

Hakarimatas Reserve, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand

On Sunday morning me and my mate had decided to go up the Hakarimatas. EVERYONE talks about doing them and we wanted to know what all the fuss was about!

We had been out the night before for a leaving party and had a little too much to drink, and so we left a little later than anticipated. Only the middle of the day! haha

There are multiple tracks you can do ranging from an hour to several hours depending on how much time you have and is about 15-20min drive from Hamilton going north in Ngaruawahia.

Hakarimata Summit, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand

We took the most popular route, the 1300 stairs to the summit! It starts off okay as you walk along a creek until you get to the beginning of the stairway. There are ranges of people from kids to adults, young, old, running, walking. From the beginning it wasn’t really hard on your legs, it more just got my heart going, it was pounding from the cardio of walking up stair after stair. We had a few little breaks on the way to catch our breath and took in the view halfway where you can rest on a bench.

We then carried on to the top which didn’t seem to take very long and seemed quicker and easier than the first half. At the top you come to a little clearing and a tower so that you can see take in the 360 degree view above the trees.

Hakarimata Summit, Ngaruawahia, New Zealand

After taking a few pics we started on our journey down, and were careful as we had been nicely lectured about how most of the accidents on this mountain were on the way down. Once at the bottom we grabbed a cold drink before heading back to Hamilton for a much needed shower!


Until next time x





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