From the car park there is a new walking track to the summit. This track is an old farm road and is of an easy gradient. (The old track has been closed.)
This new track incorporates the mountain biking track for part of the way - mountain bikers and walkers share the bottom 3/4 of the track.
Once at the top continue along a ridge through a fine remnant of original forest in the ancient crater and finally onto the summit itself (449 m). Climb a few last steps to the top of the new lookout tower.
Off Kakepuku Mountain Rd.
The new track incorporates the mountain biking track for part of the way - mountain bikers and walkers share the bottom 3/4 of the track.
Nature and conservation
Sights and sounds of tui and kereru can be found and heard in the Kakepuku Historic Reserve. Look out for North Island robins, 30 of which were released here in 1999.
The plant species in the reserve include tawa, rewarewa, kohekohe, mangeao and pukatea.
Know before you go
Dogs are prohibited from all Waikato area tracks except for certified guide dogs and permitted hunting dogs.