Wild Things - New Zealand's trail running community
New Zealand's trail running community


don't have an account?

Maungatautari crazy 8, Waikato

Trail Directory proudly supported by Further Faster

Update Your Header Picture

Maungatautari crazy 8Intermediate

Submitted by Emma

Info Info
Map Loading

Trail Information







Front country - easily accessible


Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands


5:00 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



Download PDF Guide

Fastest Known Times (FKTs)

Please set your gender to see your position on the FKT leaderboards.


Show more


Show more

Filter FKTs

The more , the harder the FKT will be to beat. Learn about Fastest Known Times.

Missing your time?

Register or login as a VIP and get yourself on the FKT leaderboard!

Register Now


This is a loop heading up the old Over The Mountain (OTM) track to Maungatautari summit, Pukeatua peak, and returns on the new track.
From the car park, head up the farm track and through two paddocks, aim for the enclosure gate on the right side. Enter and take the wide gravel track that follows the fence line. On the right in 700m take Te Raki track, this will lead you into the bush and to the summit (2km). Continue south along Te Tonga track, this is another 2km of technical track, which can be slow going. After a short detour to Pukeatua peak continue briefly south. The track descents quickly before reaching a disjointed intersection. Pick Wairere Traverse (new track) and head north for a quicker return. The track loops up just before the northern enclosure gate. Continue down the farm and to your car.

Trail Community

Find people who are interested in this run.

You must register or login to view this content.

Features of interest

Maungatautari, also known as Sanctuary Mountain is home to an array of endangered species. A predator proof fence surrounding the mountain makes for a ecological island for endangered birds, frogs, geckos and bats.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 45%

Easy Single Track: 54%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 1%

Route Data


You must register or login to view this content.

Overlapping Runs

The following trails overlap with this run to some degree. You may wish to combine them but please note that to qualify for FKTs on these runs you should record a separate Strava activity for each


You must register or login to view this content.

Your Trail Wishlist

All the runs that are on your To Do list (no limit).

Add to wishlist view wishlist

Your Trail Dreamlist

The runs you most want to do (limited to 10).

Add to dreamlist view dreamlist

Wild Explorers

I did it!
  • Access

    This run starts the northern side of Maungatautari, less than 20km from Cambridge
    From the Karapiro dam, continue along Maungatautari Road (6km). At Maungatautari school turn right onto Hicks Road. Follow this to the end (3km)

    At the end of Hicks road there is angular parking on the road side.

    18 km

    18 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Keep an eye out around Pukeatua peak as the track is not super clear here.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Pack your own.

    During winter it gets dark on the mountain early, pack a headlamp if you are heading out later in the day.

  • Post run indulgence

    11 Empire St, Cambridge
    A great little spot for coffee and bunch.

    46 Victoria St, Cambridge
    They have bagels.

  • Blog Posts and Articles
  • Sponsor this trail

    If you are interested in learning about sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch below:


Got a favourite trail? Tell us about it.

Share the love and add your favourite trail(s) to our growing trail directory.

Submit A Trail

Become a member today

Start enjoying the many benefits to becoming a member of our thriving community.

Become a member

Great brands at great prices with our VIP member's discount

Stay up to date

Sign up to our newsletter for latest offers and trail guides

Share this trail with a friend:

VIP Membership

Please register as a VIP or login to your VIP account to view this content.

Cancel Login Register

Membership Required

You can see up to three trail guides without being logged in but after that we require you to be logged in to your Free or VIP account. If you don’t yet have an account you can register here.

Login Register