Although bushclad and marked only with a signpost, the summit of Te Toiokawharu is the highest point of the Waitakere Ranges, and is only around 25 km from central Auckland.
You can do a nice loop tramp to the highest point in the Waitakeres by heading up the Karamatura Track, then turning north up the Huia Ridge track, and finally bagging Te Toiokawharu as you return via the Twin Peaks track. Of course, you could also do the loop in the opposite direction.
All the tracks in this area are of tramping standard, with narrow sections, and plenty of tree roots to step around and over. The tracks in this area can also be very muddy after rain.
For a comprehensive description of the tramp up Te Toiokawharu, see the tramper.co.nz Te Toiokawharu page.
|Elevation||474 m (1,555 ft)|
|Location/List||North Island, New Zealand|
|Location Coordinates||36° 59′ 5″ S, 174° 32′ 13″ E|
|Duration||4-6 hours (return)|
|Distance||10.6 km (6.6 mi)|
|Start/End Points||Huia Road|
|Track conditions||Path, Track|
|Hazards||Mud , Slippery|
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