Mt Eliza

Located in the Kaimai Ranges, Mt Eliza includes a side-trip to an old mine shaft.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 581 m (1,906 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 37° 38′ 36″ S, 175° 51′ 21″ E
Nearest Town/s Katikati, Tauranga
LINZ Topographic map/s BD35 Matamata
Range Kaimais
Translation Mt Eliza is located on map BD35, but the main access is on BD36, via Thomson’s Track.
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 4-5.5 hours
Distance 13 km (8.1 mi)
Start/End Points Thomson’s Track carpark
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif 4WD Road, Track, Marked Route, Mud, Stream/River Crossings
Season Help.gif Year Round
Sights Views, Bush
Hazards Mud

Getting There

Drive to Thomson’s Track carpark – south from Katikati or north from Tauranga.

Google Earth Map

Our Recommended Route

Head up Thomson’s Track to the main ridge. This track has areas that are very muddy with large mud holes created by 4WD vehicles. From the ridge there are good views west into the Waikato and east back towards the coast north of Tauranga. Head north along the ridge, following the track towards Motutapere and the Mt Eliza turnoff. This section alternates between open grassland and bush. The Mt Eliza turnoff is a signposted junction in the bush. The Mt Eliza summit is very flat and there’s no clear sign that you have reached it. Down the other side is very steep, leading down to the Mt Eliza mine shaft and the Waitekohe stream.

Route Options

There are long and short options. The long option is decsribed above; the short option follows the instructions on the DOC website.