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Waipa District Council Advisory - 06 December 2018

People should avoid using the Hicks Road access to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (Maungatautari Scenic Reserve) until access issues are resolved between the private landowners and Waipa District Council.

Until the issues are resolved, Council advise all visitors to use the Tari Road entrance.  If you are using the Summit Track you will need to return to Tari Road for access off the Mountain.

Council is disappointed at this situation and is working hard to restore public access as soon as possible.  Thank you for your patience.

For enquiries, please contact the Council at 0800 924 723.



Maungatautari Mountain – Allow 5-6 hours +

The Maungatautari Mountain track (Te Raki track and Te Tonga track) takes the historic route to Pukeatua Peak, from Hicks Road on the northern side to Pukeatua on the south. Walkers will enjoy wonderful views of the forest and lush Waikato landscape from the two southern peaks.

Caution: The ‘Over the Mountain’ track is not suitable for children under 12 years of age. This track is suitable for experienced hikers and adventurous walkers with a good level of fitness. This track is steep at times and will be very muddy and slippery in wet weather. This walk is available for independent walkers.

Toilets: There are no toilet facilities on the northern side of the mountain (Hicks Road). Bioloo composting toilet facilities are available outside the visitor centre on the southern side (Tari Road, Pukeatua).

Please remember to check the weather before you head off on your tramp.

Out in the Styx (link) Guesthouse operates a drop-off service to Hicks Road for $10.00 per head (minimum of 4 people or $40.00). Book with Out in the Styx on 0800 461 559.

North to South on the over the mountain track (Te Raki track and Te Tonga track):

  • Park at the end of Hicks Road (northern side of Maungatautari mountain)
  • Walk 500m of gentle uphill across farmland
  • Enter the sanctuary through the ‘Over the Mountain Track Entrance’ gate (double door system)

*Biosecurity check – please ensure you check your bags for stowaway pests before you enter.

  • Walk along the back of the northern enclosure for 800m uphill until reaching the over the mountain turn-off.
  • Steep uphill walk for 1.5km climbing up tree roots and through mud – you’ll get muddy and sweaty!
  • There is a board walk at the top 400m to the summit. At the beginning of the boardwalk there is the option of heading down the stairs to the gravel track (Wairere Traverse – see below).
  • From here, there is a big drop down a muddy, slippery ridge and a couple of climbs to get to Pukeatua Peak with views to the central plateau.
  • Steep downhill, clambering down tree roots will get you to the saddle where you can join the gravel track (Wairere Traverse).
  • On the over the mountain track, climb the steep rocky path to the rocky outcrop to get the best views from the mountain of the central plateau, mount pirongia and mount taranaki.
  • A very steep descent gradually eases into a gentle downhill ridge to get to the gravel track after 1.5km.
  • Another 2 km down the gravel track brings you out to the southern side of the mountain.
  • The visitor centre (Manu Tioriori) is 50m outside the gate.

Visitor Centre: Limited snacks, cold drinks, tea, coffee and a small selection of ice creams are available for purchase at the visitor centre between 8:30am and 4:00pm.

Wairere Traverse – Allow 5-6 hours

Formally opened on 31 March 2016, the Wairere Traverse track is an 11km, sign-posted gravel track from Hicks Road on the northern side of the mountain to Pukeatua (Tari Road) on the southern side.

This track is suitable for tramping groups, families and individuals to enjoy the now pristine and pest-free environment Maungatautari has to offer.   Exploring the natural environment is a great way to get exercise and fresh air, and interact with friends and family - device free!

North to South on the Wairere Traverse (gravel track):

  • Park at the end of Hicks Road (northern side of Maungatautari mountain)
  • Walk 500m of gentle uphill across farmland
  • Enter the sanctuary through the ‘Over the Mountain Track Entrance’ gate (double door system)

*Biosecurity check – please ensure you check your bags for stowaway pests before you enter.

  • 50m on your right will be a clearing with the gravel Wairere Traverse track
  • 2.5km up this track a set of stairs joins the old (over the mountain) track with the new gravel track. Following these stairs leads to Maungatautari Peak.
  • Walk back down the stairs and on the gravel track. The track is up and down and rough in places.
  • Follow this for another 3km until reaching the saddle (the old track joins yet again). The saddle has lovely views over Lake Arapuni.
  • The Rocky Outcrop can be reached by heading south on the old track from here. A steep 10-minute climb gets the best views on the maunga.
  • Heading North on the old track climbs to Pukeatua Peak, the 2nd highest point. This is a very steep climb.
  • Walking on the gravel track from the saddle heading south another 3.5km will bring you down to the southern side of the mountain.
  • The visitor centre (Manu Tioriori) is 50m outside the gate.

Visitor Centre: Limited snacks, cold drinks, tea, coffee and a small selection of ice creams are available for purchase at the visitor centre between 8:30am and 4:00pm.

Bioloo composting toilet facilities are available outside the visitor centre.

Links to other descriptions of the tracks:

http://tracks.org.nz/track/show/1322

http://nztramper.com/maungatautari-peak-over-the-mountain-track/

Download the map of the mountain

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