Mount Pureora

Image: John Carman | DOC

Introduction

On a clear day, enjoy views across Lake Taupo, the Mamaku Ranges, Mount Taranaki and Mount Ruapehu from the summit of Mount Pureora.

Track overview

2.6 km one way return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 hr 30 min one way Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track

Description

This is the shortest route to the top of Mount Pureora. It's a well maintained track with bridges across all waterways and a boardwalk towards the summit. 

Getting there

From SH30, turn onto Maraeroa Road, then Barryville Road, then Link Road. The start of the track is about 14 km along Link Road.

The carpark is on the opposite side of the road to the track entrance. Note, the track on the same side as the car park is a different track. 

Nature and conservation

The altitude affects the vegetation pattern on Mount Pureora, where the tallest podocarp trees occur at the lowest altitudes and the canopy height steadily decreasing as the altitude increases. On the summit the vegetation is reduced in many places to a low turf with occasional low shrubs, allowing for amazing views.

History and culture

Mount Pureora is a sacred mountain for many tribes in the Central North Island, and we recognise the relationship of our iwi partners Ngāti Rereahu, Ngāti Maniapoto, Raukawa, and Ngāti Tuwharetoa with the mountain.

Know before you go

There is no petrol available near Pureora village or the track.

There are also no toilets along the track - use the toilets in Pureora Village on Barryville Road.

Contacts

Te Kuiti Office
Phone:   +64 7 878 1050
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   tekuiti@doc.govt.nz
Address:   78 Taupiri Street
Te Kuiti 3910
Postal Address:   PO Box 38
Te Kuiti 3941
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