Walking back down the south side of Mount William

Image: Stephen | Auckland Hiking Group | ©


Enjoy the views from the summit of Mount William, just south of the Bombay Hills.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Seasonal restrictions

The farmland section of the track from Puketutu Road to the reserve boundary (so no access to the trig) is closed for lambing from 1 August to 1 October.

The reserve section from McMillan Road to the farmland remains open.

Dog access

No dogs
  • Stop kauri dieback and protect kauri
    • Kauri dieback disease is spread through soil.
    • Scrub soil off shoes and gear and check it's all removed before you go.
    • Use a hygiene station when you enter and leave.
    • Always stay on the track.

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About this track


McMillan Rd car park to Mount William summit

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 2.5 km one way

From the McMillan Rd end, the track follows a farm fence line with markers to the Mount William Scenic Reserve. The reserve hosts a wide variety of native trees and shrubs, including kauri, hard beech and king ferns. From the Mount William summit (373 m) there are expansive views to the West Coast and Firth of Thames.

Note that a fence has been erected restricting access to the trig. Visitors are welcome to cross the fence at a corner post. A stile will be added in the near future to improve access to the trig.  

Mount William summit on to Puketutu trig and Puketutu Rd

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 2 km one way

The track continues along a saddle of rolling farm land to Puketutu trig (376 m) and Puketutu Rd.

Getting there

The Mt William Walkway is near Mangatawhiri, approximately 50 km south of Auckland City, on the Waikato side of the Bombay Hills.

The car park is on McMillan Rd, off Irish Rd, which is off SH2. Alternatively start from the other end of the track on Puketutu Rd, off Razorback Rd, which can be accessed from Beaver Rd, off SH1.

Know before you go

Keep to the track when crossing private farmland and take care around stock. Leave farm gates as you find them (open or closed).

Dogs are not permitted on the tracks because of the threat they pose to stock and wildlife. Exceptions include certified assistance dogs. 


Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
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Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
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