Dunhams's Creek Reserve
This reserve is located on Ongaroto Road (SH32) and is on the foreshore of Lake Whakamaru. There is a mobility trail and board walk leading through a section of native bush which is the start of the section of the Waikato River Trail between Dunham’s Creek and Dunham’s Point Reserves. It is a rural style reserve, with a relatively flat area and provides easy off road access and access to the lake for swimming.
There is a public toilet at the reserve. It is a strategic link in the Waikato River Trails and provides a stopping off point for trail users. As the lake is part of the Waikato hydro power system the lake level is not constant.
Dunham's Point Reserve
Dunham’s Point is situated on Lake Whakamaru with access from Ongaroto Road, approximately 42 kilometres from Tokoroa. It is adjacent to MiCamp (Christian Camp) on Ongaroto Road. The reserve is good for camping. There are public toilets at the reserve. There is a great view of the bluffs on the other side of the river (in the Taupo District). It is also a strategic link into the Waikato River Trails. It has both boat access and direct access to a ski lane.
The reserve is located on Arapuni Road and is a long narrow strip of land, overlooking the Pokaiwhenua Stream with easy access and good off road parking. It is a very pleasant picnic area with some native and exotic trees providing shade. The most significant landscape feature is the waterfall which cascades over a rock shelf and is used by kayakers. Views of the waterfall are limited due to the pipe and wire safety barrier and steep drop into the stream.
Fitzgerald Glade (Tukorehe Reserve)
This reserve is located on State Highway 5 between Rotorua and Putaruru. The glade is approximately 1 km long and is divided into two parts east and west of a café. There are a number of gullies in the reserve and it is backed by privately owned farmland. The entire ‘glade’ is owned jointly by the South Waikato District Council, the local Marae and the Department of Conservation. There is a memorial stone set into the bush on the northern side of the reserve honouring Tukorehe.
Jim Barnett Reserve
Jones’ Landing is located on the Waikato River and is 27 kilometres west of Putaruru with access from Lake Arapuni Road. It is a very attractive reserve with a large flat area of grass along the river edge and a small hill on the northern edge of the Reserve. The significant rock bluffs dominate the view to the north. It is popular summer camping reserve, great for kayaking and other water sports. Facilities include; toilets, boat ramp, playground and a jetty.
The Waikato River Trails section to Arapuni can be accessed from this reserve.
Little Waipa Reserve
The reserve is located on Ongaroto Road approximately 100 metres from Dunham's Point and is a small flat area adjacent to the Waikato River. It comprises a carpark, with surrounding grass and plantings. It is the southern most public access to the Waikato River Trails.
Walter Barnett Reserve
Rural Reserves Management Plan here (9,251kb PDF).