Jim Barnett Reserve
Waotu South Road, Waotu, South Waikato, Waikato
Try out some easy-peezy walking tracks the whole family can enjoy. The Jim Barnett Reserve has gentle tracks meandering through the native bush. You will need to leave your dog behind for this trip.
The Main Track starts at the car park on Waotu South Road and loops around the native forest (only takes about 30 minutes). From here you can head off on a diversion along the Totara Track which is an additional 15 minutes (a bit rough underfoot but very do-able).
There are toilets in the Jim Barnett Reserve and drinking water (and the Main Track is metalled and wheelchair friendly so is suitable for prams and strollers too). For more information check out the South Waikato Council link.
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Jim Barnett is a great place to take family and visitors. There are several easy walking trails for all the family to enjoy. Camping is free in this reserve and very safe. Tables and seats are placed around the reserve with running water and toilets If you are visiting and staying overnight walk on the main tramway track and see the glow worms. Did you see the little owl sleeping in the tree, when you walked down the main track. Relax and enjoy your time here. This reserve was planted up by members of South Waikato Forest and Bird, Putaruru walking group
and Rotary with assistance from Community Corrections team.
Barnett's is now part of Waikato River trails, so you need to watch for cyclists.