Maungatautari crazy 8Intermediate
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December 2018: there is currently no access to Maungatautari via Hicks Road. Appears to be an issue between the Waipa Council and the local landowners. Best to take the tracks up from the Pukeatua side until this is resolved.
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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.
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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%
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.
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.
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