Waiwhakareke Natural Heritage Park is the largest, most important biodiverse area of land in Hamilton. The entire 65.5 hectare park was once farmland before restoration began. Come along for a walk and enjoy a visual journey through the wetland and lowland forest. It’s an easy graded walk, allow 1-2 hours to explore.

Located on the outskirts of Hamilton, with access off Brymer and Baverstock Roads. Best access is from Te Kaaroro Nature Precinct, in the carpark opposite Hamilton Zoo. Grab a coffee in your reusable cup from Everyday Eatery and go check it out.

The park is owned and managed by Hamilton City Council, with support from mana whenua, the University of Waikato, Wintec, Waikato Regional Council, and Tui 2000.

The park opened to visitors in 2019 after 15 years were spent reconstructing the original forest, wetland and lake ecosystems. The community has volunteered many thousands of hours to bring the vision for Waiwhakareke to life.


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