Mt Kakepuku

Kakepuku Mountain Historic Reserve

  • 2 hr return via same track
  • Easy/medium

A brief climb to the summit of a forested volcano in the Waikato.

Tawa forest in mist, Kakepuku • By Matthew.
Key information
Walking time
2 hr
Type
Return via same track
Return via same track
Grade
Easy/medium
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Kakepuku Mountain Rd southwest of Te Awamutu
()
Maps
NZTopo50-BE33
Altitude
449m

The Alexandra Lineament is a row of volcanic craters leading from coastal Karioi near Raglan in the northwest, to Pirongia, Kakepuku. and finally Te Kawa and Tokanui in the southeast. Kakepuku was the site of five Māori pa, and was once deforested. However, the mountain has been reserved since early in the Twentieth Century, and is largely revegetated. Conservation programmes have reintroduced North Island robins, and the birdlife is rich.

Mt Kakepuku • By Matthew.

From Te Awamutu, take Bank Street then Puniu Road out of town. This becomes Pokuru Road. Turn off at Te Mawhai and Kakepuku Roads. The track start is marked on the right. A toilet and information panel is located here.

A grassy track leads through ornamental plantings to a lookout over one of the pa sites. From here, a muddy track climbs quickly into surprisingly pretty tawa forest. It soon eases off and drops briefly into the crater before climbing on to the summit trig. The trig doubles as a lookout tower with views of the surrounding farmland.

Map
ID 2393

About this track

Added 6 November 2007 by MatthewMatthew. No revisions.
145 views in the past year (12 per month).