Walker on the Hapuakohe Walkway
Image: Derek Bao | ©
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.
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:
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).
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.
The Hapuakohe Range lies approximately 50 km north-east of Hamilton and 65 km south-east of Auckland.