Over the Mountain

The Wairere Traverse (Over The Mountain) Track takes approximately 5 hours to complete one way or ten hours return. The track is well formed, and requires a high level of fitness. If you are looking to travel in one direction, please be aware there is approximately 30 minutes drive between the Northern and Southern entry points and currently no shuttle service available.

Wairere Traverse (Over the Mountain track) is accessible at any time of the day however for safety of the public and of our flora and fauna we do not recommend visiting after dark.  Given the time it takes to complete this track we suggest that you don't start the track after midday.  By car, there is approximately a 30 minute drive between the Northern and Southern entry points.

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. Allow 5-6 hours. 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 high level of fitness. This track is steep at times and will be very muddy and slippery in wet weather.  We strongly recommend ensuring that you are fully kitted out with water, food, footwear and clothing appropriate for hiking. 

Please stick to the main walking track.  A huge variety of wildlife species live safely off the track and should not have their habitat disturbed.

Toilets: There are toilets available at the Visitor Centre on Tari Road, and in the Northern Enclosure.  There are not toilets available on the walk.  

Whilst there is no cost associated with this walk and please help us to cover the $5000/day it costs to keep the sanctuary going by providing a donation before you head out - click the Donate before you go button below.

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