This is a great walk in the southern Waikato that is suitable for the entire family, the gradient is mostly flat except for the first few hundred metres and the last few hundred metres and there is some fantastic river gorge and lake views thrown in, the walk takes around three hours return to Arapuni but you can start at the Arapuni dam and the walk is around two hours return.
The walk starts at the spectacular Arapuni suspension bridge, Arapuni was built to house the workers building the Arapuni power station in the 1920s the suspension bridge allowed the workers to cross over the Waikato river to the work site, the bridge spans an impressive 152 metres and runs high above the river, the walk across is not for someone scared of heights as the bridge does move around quite a lot when walking over.
The first stage of the walk takes you on the access road that runs over the top of the power station, the water is flowing down races tunneled into the hillside, the road follows the old river gorge that is now empty and there are stunning views down into the gorge, the water is diverted at the Arapuni dam further up the track.
The Arapuni dam is around a thirty minute walk along the access road once you arrive at the dam you can walk over the top of the dam to access the track that goes from Arapuni dam to Jones landing the track is on the right hand side of the road on the other side of the dam.
From Arapuni dam the walking is easy and follows Lake Arapuni along a well formed track, this section is open to mountain bikes as well as walkers, around forty minutes later you start to climb up and around the impressive rock face that towers over Lake Arapuni there is a diversion off the main walk that takes you to the lookout high above, you can see Jones Landing down below and the views south down the lake are fantastic.
Back on the main track the walk continues around through a cutting in the cliff face before dropping back down to water level, there are a few openings in the bush here to get stunning views back to the rock stack high above, the walk continues down and takes you through a mini gorge and over a board walk to Jones Landing, there is road access here and camping facilities at the edge of the lake for tents and campervans.