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Introduction

The Kakepuku Track in Kakepuku Historic Reserve climbs up through bush to the summit of Kakepuku, an old volcano.

Highlights

Magnificent views of the surrounding Waipa-Waikato landscape and fascinating panels with historical and geological information reward your efforts at the summit.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

2 - 3 hr return Advanced: Tramping track

Mountain biking

Easy: Grade 2

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

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.

Kakepuku mountain. Photo: John Greenwood.
Kakepuku mountain

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.

Getting there

Off Kakepuku Mountain Rd.

Mountain biking

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.

Contacts

Te Rapa Base
Phone:      +64 7 858 1000
Email:   waikato@doc.govt.nz
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