Mangakara Nature Walk

Pirongia Forest Park

  • 40 min loop track
  • Easy

An easy loop track wandering through rich forest at the foot of Pirongia.

Lone Handbasin at Pahautea Hut • By oldbooks4u1. Licence: C.
Key information
Walking time
40 min
Type
Loop track
Loop track
Grade
Easy
Bookings
No bookings — open access
No — open access
Find it
Starts
Information shelter, Grey Road car park
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Maps
NZTopo50-BE33

Head north from Pirongia township, and turn toward the mountain on Te Pahu Road, then left onto Hodgson and left again onto Grey. An information shelter, toilet and picnic area is located at the road end.

Pirongia summit sunset 30/03/12 from the summit. • By oldbooks4u1. Licence: C.

From the shelter, the wide track leads through forest including such species as tawa, miro, rimu, and kahikatea. A junction is passed where the track loops back on itself just before the pretty Mangakara Stream. Over a bridge, another track leads off left: this is the Ruapane Track, heading up Pirongia. The nature walk continues alongside the stream to the right, before crossing another bridge and returning.

An information sheet is available from DOC which explains the numbered sites along site the track: http://www.doc.govt.nz/upload/documents/parks-and-recreation/tracks-and-walks/waikato/mangakara-factsheet.pdf .

Map
ID 2415

About this track

Added 12 November 2007 by MatthewMatthew. 1 revision 31 May 2011 by iangeorgeiangeorge.
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