Also known as Te Tapui Loop Track
A pleasant bush walk in Te Tapui Scenic Reserve that loops to Maungakawa peak. A viewing tower provides good views across to the Kaimai Ranges and Firth of Thames on a clear day.
|Elevation||495 m (1,624 ft)|
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||37° 48′ 30″ S, 175° 36′ 39″ E|
|Nearest Town/s||Matamata, Cambridge, Morrinsville
|LINZ Topographic map/s||BD35 Matamata|
|Duration||DOC time: 3-4 hrs return|
|Distance||4 km (2.5 mi)|
|Start/End Points||Car-park on Piakonui Rd|
Access to the walking track is from the west side of the reserve from Piakonui Rd.
From Morrinsville; Piakonui Rd is off Paratu Rd, off Morrinsville-Walton Rd. From Matamata; Piakonui Rd is off Piakoiti Rd, off Morgan Rd.
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From the car park, the track leads a short distance into the bush before splitting in two directions. The track to the right is shorter (about an hour to the trig) but does involve a steady climb to the summit and lookout tower. The track to the left is more gentle but quite a bit longer: suggested DOC times 2-3 hours to the summit.