Kakepuku Track

Alert/Important notice

Lookout Tower closed due to upgrade.

Kakepuku lookout tower is currently being upgraded to comply with building code standards. It is a construction zone and closed to the public. Upgrade work includes:

  • New safety barriers, a new access stairway and replacement of decaying timbers.
  • A board walk path below the lookout tower to protect Historic Pa earthworks.
  • New panels at the top of the lookout tower with information about the history, geology, geography and cultural aspects of the site.

Due to seriously inclement weather the expected completion date of June 2014 has been  delayed.  We now expect the lookout tower to be open again in August 2014. Full project completion with interpretive panels is expected to be late August 2014.

Track category

Tramping track


2 - 3 hr return


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, marked with a trig). Magnificent views of the surrounding Waipa-Waikato landscape reward your efforts at the summit.

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.

Two pa sites lie within the reserve, and there are two more on adjacent Waipa District Council land. A Maori relationship with the mountain is well established in legend and mythology.

Getting there

Off Kakepuku Mountain Rd.


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Bird and wildlife watching

Keep your eyes peeled for North Island robins and falcons.

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Please note: Dogs are prohibited from all Waikato area tracks except for certified guide dogs and permitted hunting dogs.


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