Walker on the Hapuakohe Walkway

Image: Derek Bao | ©

Introduction

The Hapuakohe Walkway can be done as a 2-day trek, split by the Kaihere-Ohinewai Road. Smaller sections can be completed within a day. It is suitable for experienced trampers only.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

1-2 days Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs
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About this track

Description

Along the way there are magnificent views overlooking the Hauraki Plains and Gulf, large areas of the Waikato, and hill country south of Auckland city.

Hapuakohe Walkway (Northern end of walkway)

Time: 8 hr to Ohinewai Rd

Located at the end of North Rd off State Highway 27, the track begins at a gate (where there is a DOC sign). Follow the orange DOC triangles and white marker posts across private land. The track leaves the farm road and climbs steeply through a pine plantation to the bush edge. Once in the bush, the track is well marked.

There are two lookout points along the walkway:

  • 1st lookout (1 hour 30 minutes): 300 m above sea level the track leaves the bush onto a grassy clearing
  • 2nd lookout (3 hours): 400 m above sea level, with views which extend to the Huntly power station, Mt Te Aroha and the Hauraki Plains. The bush is comprised mostly of kohekohe and large puriri.

Hapuakohe Walkway (Southern end of walkway)

Time: Mangapiko Valley Rd to Ohinewai Rd - 6 hr one way

 

Beginning at the end of Mangapiko Valley Rd, the walkway follows a farm track alongside the Mangapiko Stream for about 1km before entering the Mangapiko Valley Scenic Reserve. You can park in the paddock near the DOC sign, but please close the the double gates (this keeps the road-end free for stock trucks, school-buses etc). There are two small stream crossings before you reach the Reserve.

Just before reaching the bush there is a good outlook over the hilly farmland surrounding the valley, and a good bush walk to follow. The bush canopy is predominatly tawa, kohekohe, pigeon wood and pukatea. After 15 minutes, the track emerges at a fenceline alongside farmland with great views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Follow up along this fenceline for 5 minutes and the marked track re-enters the bush. To reach Pukeitionga Station it is a steep 10 minute climb along a fenceline on privately-owned land. Extensive views are seen from the Station (488 m). 

Ohinewai-Kaihere Rd to Maungakawa Trig / Maungakawa Trig to Pukeitionga Station / Pukeitionga Station to Mangapiko Valley Rd

Time: 6 hr one way

A good walk which gives exceptional views of the Waikato and Hauraki areas. Beginning on the south side of Ohinewai-Kaihere Rd the track starts with a steep descent to a small stream. Across the stream, the steep climb to the trig begins, ascending through regenerating bush of akeake, rewarewa, heketara, rimu, totara and manuka. There is an exceptional view from the trig, then the track sidles along a ridge to Pukeitionga Station, then descends to the Mangapiko Valley Scenic Reserve. You will have to arrange transport at the road end.

Getting there

The Hapuakohe Range lies approximately 50 km north-east of Hamilton and 65 km south-east of Auckland.

Know before you go

  • Dogs are prohibited from all Waikato area tracks except for certified guide dogs and permitted hunting dogs.
  • Track suitable for experienced trampers only.

Contacts

Te Rapa Office
Phone:   +64 7 850 8378
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   waikato@doc.govt.nz
Address:   5 Northway St
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3200
Postal Address:   PO Box 20025
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3241
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