Head off for a stroll around Lake Ngaroto, get back to nature and experience this natural wetland area.
At 90 ha, Lake Ngāroto is the largest of 17 peat lakes in the Ohaupo District. These lakes were formed around 19,000 years ago, after the Waikato River abandoned its original course through the Hinuera Valley to the Firth of Thames and flowed into the Waikato basin.
This particular Lake Ngaroto walk is an easy, relatively flat 90 minute bush walk. You'll pass through bush, farmland and wetlands. You'll be walking over boardwalks at times, others on a metal or grass track. You'll lose sight of the lake itself or the track may not seem to obvious, particularly over farmland - keep walking more-or-less straight ahead and look for a stile to guide you through.
There are signs and information boards along the way telling you about the bird and plant life.
Pack a picnic, or just go for a stroll.
There's regular activity by the local sailing club. You may just spot camouflaged maimai (huts) around the lake's edge which plays host to duck hunters during the 'duck season' months of May and June.
Translated into English, Ngaroto means 'the lake'
NOTE: When you arrive at the car park, the entrance to the walk is on the right so look for the information board. Mountain biking is not permitted.
Bank Road, off Paterangi Road, Te Awamutu