Lake Ngaroto, a simple but enchanting place to get back to nature
Close to Hamilton, Cambridge and Te Awamutu is Waipa’s largest peat lake, Lake Ngaroto, and this pleasant destination was the first port of call for the Kiwi Blog Bus on its recent Easter weekend jaunt.
Power boats are banned from the lake and it is therefore very popular for fishing, yachting and rowing.
But one of the easiest activities to enjoy there is walking.
It’s a great place to get back to nature and experience this natural wetland area.
There is an easy, flat walk around the lake that takes around 2 hours or if you haven’t got that long just do the 20 minute boardwalk section.
The floating boardwalk was a little uneven in places (like going on the old fairground funhouse walks!) but did its job of keeping your feet out of the swampy wetlands.
The walk takes you through paddocks, fields, swamps and bush.
I was totally enthralled with the bushwalk.
I am ignorant of tree varieties so cannot tell you what this was a forest of, we thought it was possibly manuka but don’t take my word on that.
All I can tell you was it was magical to enter, like a mini Narnia, and instantly cool after having the beating sun on your back.
The trees seemed to make an arched pathway for visitors and the mulched ground was soft and quiet, scattered with just a few vibrant green ferns.
When we returned to the Kiwi Blog Bus for lunch we realised what a popular place this was quiet spot was; there were at least 15 cars parked around and walkers with dogs and children happily passing our bus to go on a pleasant nature walk on this sunny Good Friday in the Waikato.