Maungakawa

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.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 495 m (1,624 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Waikato/Coromandel
Location Coordinates 37° 48′ 30″ S, 175° 36′ 39″ E
Nearest Town/s Matamata, Cambridge, Morrinsville
LINZ Topographic map/s BD35 Matamata
Geology Volcano
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif DOC time: 3-4 hrs return
Distance 4 km (2.5 mi)
Start/End Points Car-park on Piakonui Rd
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Sights Views, Bush

Getting There

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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Route Options

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.