Kakepuku Track

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). Climb a few last steps to the top of the new lookout tower. Magnificent views of the surrounding Waipa-Waikato landscape and fascinating panels with historical and geological information 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.


Bird and wildlife watching Bird and wildlife watching

Bird and wildlife watching

Keep your eyes peeled for North Island robins and falcons.

Plan and prepare

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

Related link

Kakepuku summit walk made easier - media release 8 September 2014


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