Lake Ngaroto has been on my list to check out for years now, so we organised a group of DC Rescue supporters to come for a walk and went to check it out.
This lake is located between Hamilton and Te Awamutu, and is accessed from the end of Bank Road. This popular recreation reserve has a good size car park, with bins and toilets on site as well as plenty of grass area for picnics. It’s a 6km loop around the lake, over a mix of board walks and gravel travels which take you through the wetlands. It is an on-lead walk, and is flat pretty much the whole way besides a couple of bridges. One of our group had a stroller with them and made it around no worries. This track has been upgraded so it is suitable year-round, though be aware that lake levels may rise after heavy rain.
We had a large group of us walking together (pictured) and we did pass a couple of other people on the track too, including some cyclists. As always, it’s important to keep your dog on lead and under good control, and clean up after them so that everyone can continue to enjoy the waking trail.
On Lead Only
Car Parking – Proper car park with plenty of marked spaces.
Toilets & Bins – Yes, at car park.
Water – Dogs can paddle in the water by the boat ramp.
Other – Be aware that the lake is used by duck hunters during May/early June. There are many other types of recreational uses for this area, including cyclists, sail boats and picnickers, so keep your dogs on lead and under control at all times. The board walks can move a wee bit so keep a good eye on any kids you’re walking with.