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Mt Hauhungatahi

Also known as Baldy

A little used trail with fantastic views of neighbouring volcanoes.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 1,520?m?(4,987?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Central Plateau/Taupo
Location Coordinates 39? 13′ 49″ S, 175? 26′ 43″ E
Nearest Town/s Erua
LINZ Topographic map/s BJ34 Mount Ruapehu
Geology Volcano
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 5-7 hours (return)
Distance 10?km?(6.2?mi)
Start/End Points Erua Road
Difficulty Help.gif Hard
Track conditions Help.gif Marked Route, Overgrown track, Uneven underfoot (eroded, tree roots etc), Snow/Ice (seasonal)
Season Help.gif Add this data
Sights Views, Volcanic landscape
Hazards Volcanic hazards, Alpine weather, High winds, Lack of signage
Number of Geocaches 1

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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.

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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.

Mount Taupiri

Also known as Taupiri Mountain / Mt. Taupiri
Watching over the townships of Taupiri and Ngaruawahia, Mount Taupiri’s lower sacred slopes contain the Waikato?s most significant burial ground where past M?ori kings and the M?ori Queen are buried.
Bear in mind that the walk is in the vicinity of three different Urupa (burial grounds) so be respectful.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 288?m?(945?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Waikato/Coromandel
Location Coordinates 37? 36′ 17″ S, 175? 11′ 10″ E
Nearest Town/s Taupiri, Huntly, Ngaruawhia
LINZ Topographic map/s BD33 Hamilton
Range Taupiri Range
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 1.10 hour (loop)
Distance 2.5?km?(1.6?mi)
Start/End Points -37.609453, 175.1877
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Unmarked Route, Mud
Season Help.gif All Year
Sights Views, Bush, Lakes, Rivers, Maori heritage , Trig
Hazards Mud, Exposed track/risk of falling
Number of Geocaches 2

Getting There

Access to the peak walk is quite tricky and potentially hazardous because of the nature of the turn off the highway.

Travelling south on SH1, take the gravel track on the left, just before the highway turns right onto the Mangawaka Stream bridge.

Travelling north and leaving Taupiri township, you?ll cross a roundabout (SH1b to the right) and a bridge over a murky looking stream, before veering left. Do not attempt to turn right onto the gravel track, rather a few hundred metres on turn left into a carpark down towards the river. Use this carpark if coming from the South as crossing this road is very dangerous…I know I lived there and saw the accidents, it only adds a few hundred metres to the walk and is much safer; then cross the highway and take the gravel track on the left, just before the highway turns right onto the Mangawaka Stream bridge. Carpark: -37.608138, 175.182828

Take care of the railway crossing. Be really careful. Continue on the gravel road. Parking is also available on the gravel before a green painted wharenui, this is the best parking if approaching from Huntly.

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Route Options

Access is by foot along the farm track that curves to the left between two Urupa. Follow road to the first or second of two carved gate that are the track entrances. Tracks go up mountain and are fairly easy to follow, though can be extremely slippery in places when wet. The first track starts off through gorse but soon enters regenerating bush. Be prepared for an uphill walk. Of the two tracks, the first is the challenging one. The second is slightly less so, with a shorter depth to the step ups. some of these steps are very high.

Maungawhakamana

Maungawhakamana

Maungawhakamana

Maungawhakamana is a prominent peak at the southern end of the Rotoma Ranges in the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Visible from much of the Rangitaiki plains area, it forms the third peak in a trio comprised of Putauaki, Tarawera and Maungawhakamana.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 728?m?(2,388?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 38? 7′ 28″ S, 176? 35′ 3″ E
Nearest Town/s Kawerau, Whakatane, Rotorua, Tauranga
LINZ Topographic map/s BE38 Lake Rotoma
Range Rotoma Ranges
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2-3 hours (return)
Distance 6?km?(3.7?mi)
Start/End Points Fenton’s Mill Rd, 15km from Kawerau
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Marked Route
Season Help.gif any
Sights Views, Volcanic landscape, Bush, Forest

Getting There

The trailhead is reached via a 15km drive on a good quality gravel Rd from Kawerau. Enter the forest at the Waterhouse St Bridge, Turn left over the hill then right onto Tarawera Rd. The trailhead is around 14km further on on your right, about 1km past the turnoff to Lake Tarawera. A permit is required to use this road (mostly used to access Tarawera falls). This can be obtained from the Kawerau information centre for $5.

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Our Recommended Route

From the trailhead head into the scrub and find the start of the track (it’s a bit overgrown). Once you find it the route is easy enough to follow, it pretty much heads straight up the ridge to the summit. The markers are a little faint at times but adequate. It’s a constant steep climb but there’s no scrambling or hazards of any real note.

Route Options

From the summit you can continue onwards onto Tunnecliffe’s track which emerges eventually on SH30 above Lake Rotoma. This is a much longer walk though!

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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.

Lathams Hill

Also known as Te Tiringa / Lathams Track
Easy Loop track from Awakeri Hot Springs, head north on SH30 to signpost for track start

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 240?m?(787?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 38? 0′ 32″ S, 176? 52′ 28″ E
Nearest Town/s Awakeri, Whakatane
LINZ Topographic map/s BE39 Edgecumbe
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2 hours (loop)
Distance 5.25?km?(3.3?mi)
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Road, Track, Marked Route
Season Help.gif

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Fort Opau

The high cliffs and spectacular views that are features of Makara have for centuries provided the people of the area with good vantage points for the defence of their land. A Ngati Ira pa site lies on the promontory at the western end of Fisherman’s Bay, and gun emplacements at the top of the cliffs mark the position of Fort Opau, which was garrisoned by 100 soldiers during World War II. The fort was operational until June 1944 when the guns were removed. On a clear blue sky day you can get some fantastic views of the South Island.

List Status Unofficial
Elevation 201?m?(659?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Wellington
Location Coordinates 41? 13′ 27″ S, 174? 41′ 50″ E
Nearest Town/s Makara, Johnsonville, Wellington
LINZ Topographic map/s BQ31 Wellington
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2-3 hours (Return)
Distance 3.8?km?(2.4?mi)
Start/End Points Makara Beach
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Marked Route
Season Help.gif November to July (closed 1 August to 31 October for lambing)
Sights Views, Historic buildings, Maori heritage
Hazards Mist, High winds , Sheer drops

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Our Recommended Route

After parking your car virtually on the beach, walk to southern side of the road end and down to the Makara Walk sign. Continue on for about 10 minutes along the coast and you’ll see the steep track heading up the grassy slope. There’s another signpost here to guide your way, and a marker pole about halfway up this first steep section. Bear to the right at the marker pole, and you’ll soon reach the cliff tops and glorious views. To the right, up on the headland, is the Ngati Ira pa site. To reach Fort Ohau, head up the steep track to the south, and then follow the cliff tops until you reach a stile. There are numerous sheep and human tracks along these cliffs, but you can’t go too far wrong as you are sandwiched between a fence and the cliffs. However, in misty or windy weather, it would be wise to stay close to the fenceline and away from the edge! Across the stile and you’ll see a couple of marker poles leading down to the lower WW2 gun emplacements. Have a good look around before heading up to the top bunker and the summit of Fort Ohau. Allow about 1 hour to reach the summit from the carpark, and less on the way back down.

Route Options

Options

If you have an aversion to backtracking, you can do the full Makara Walkway loop circuit. From the top gun emplacement, head back down the slope and on to the grassy 4WD track. Go past the three huts on the right, and stay on the 4WD road until you get the DOC sign and intersection. Take the right 4WD road here, and follow it for about 30 minutes until you reach the coast again. From here it is a bit of trudge along the stony beach (for 90 minutes) back to the carpark. Keep an eye out for the narrow track that sometimes runs along the top of the beach, as this makes for easier walking than on the loose shingle. In a brisk northerly, this coastal walking could be a bit of a slog for those that are more accustomed to climbing up peaks!

External Links

http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/wellington-kapiti/wellington/makara-walkway/ http://capitaldefence.orconhosting.net.nz/prfles/post1930/opau1.htm