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.

Signs and boards along the way inform you about the lake’s history and the bird and plant life.

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.

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8 responses to “Lake Ngaroto, a simple but enchanting place to get back to nature”

  1. LA Edwards says :

    I love the zig zag boardwalk! Are you back from your adventure? You had mentioned that you would tell me how to add the flag list of followers to my blog page? I tried to figure it out, but no luck. Any help would be appreciated. BTW I love reading your blog. How lucky for you to travel around so much. It looks like you have such fun. Cheers!

    • Kiwi Annison says :

      Louise – the way I did mine was by adding an external flag counter – it’s not through wordpress. Add a text box widget and paste in your link from
      Hope this helps 🙂
      Thanks for your comments

      • LA Edwards says :

        I love hearing about your adventures, not sure if I mentioned my husband is Australian, so when I talk to him about you, he’s like oh I’ve been there or some other response. I find your adventures fun. You have a great way of expressing yourself and are often quite funny.

  2. Being Julz says :

    What a wonderful walk. Thank you for taking us with you.

  3. Fizzie Gampuka says :

    We had fun walking around the lake it took us about 1.5 hours. Not sure about the distance but was great. New track still under development. Will go back again next time.

    • Kiwi Annison says :

      Hi Fizzie – we actually haven’t been back yet but drove out to Pirongia recently and commented that we really REALLY should make the effort to go and walk round the lake! Why do things sometimes feel like such an effort to organise when really they actually aren’t at all?!
      Vicki 🙂

  4. Millie Slater says :

    HI. Great article. We loved this place. Are you ok if we share your article to to others? Here’s a reivew of the same place. Have a beaut day and keep blogging. Love your stuff!!

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