Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Pukemokemoke Loop

Hamilton, Waikato

Submitted by Anna O'Brien

Last Updated: 21st Sep 2023


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Grunt Factor: 6 ?

Gnarl Factor: 41 ?








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Type of Run

Urban fringe


Undulating, some big hills

Dog Friendly

Native bush

Run Makeup


Easy Single Track

Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +12.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.2%


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From the carpark, head across the bridge, taking care to clean shoes carefully at the Kauri dieback station. This is a loop, so once across the bridge you can choose to turn left, then take the first track on the right, following orange arrows to run up the boardwalk through beautiful Kauri forest and up past the sign labelling Kawakawa grove to the summit.

There is a wooden platform at the summit with incredible 360 degree views right over the Waikato. Information panels on the summit tower provide details about the views before you. The view is magnificent during the daytime, but also magical at night, when the lights of Hamilton, Morrinsville, Huntly and Gordonton surround below, and millions of stars shine from above.

To complete the loop, continue beneath the viewing platform and alongside the fenceline down along a moderately technical single track through the bush, again following orange arrows, which will bring you out at a clearing with a round wooden gazebo in the middle of it. Both the North East track and Mangatea track will lead back to the log hauler clearing. Cross the clearing to rejoin the 4WD track that will lead back to the bridge you started from.

Maps are available at the carpark and in a plastic box behind the gazebo. Put these back if you no longer need them after you've used them. For a good run I prefer to run up the Mangatea track, then stretch out back down the boardwalk.

This trail includes the peak Pukemokemoke.

Boardwalk protects the roots of a beautiful Kauri forest. Some rope swings in the bush to the left just past the gazebo at the log hauler site are great entertainment for young Wild Things! Several trees are identified with labels.

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Carparking for 10-15 cars at the base of the track

29 km

27 minutes




The route up the boardwalk is easy to follow, marked by orange arrows and green wooden signs. When ascending via the Mangatea track there is just one intersection of trails, where straight ahead will lead back to the log hauler clearing, but you'll need to stick right to reach the summit. Especially easy to miss in the dark if you're running with a headtorch.

Perfect throughout.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Cellphone

Bring your own water. There is water gathered from the roof of the gazebo, but it is not recommended for drinking.

Lovely and shady for hot summer days. Cutty grass and gorse can get a bit overgrown along the fenceline.

As above

Prof's cafe at Woodlands Estate
42 Whitikahu Rd, Gordonton
Beautiful gardens to explore, good food, peaceful and great playground for littlies.

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Trail Reviews

Nice little trot - a little bit of everything really. Easy to make it a bit longer if you wanted to.

Rob Holm

January 16, 2023

This is my local go to run when I don't have a lot of time but need to get into the bush. Can do one loop, two, what ever way you want, it's a great one for beginner trail runners, and families :)

Jayne Tankersley

January 26, 2020

Great with friends. Did two loops.

Paul Ewart

February 3, 2019

Love this wee trail. A regular training route for us so have done it every which way. The view from the top is always different and climbing the trig each time we do a circuit for a photo is just what we do!

Anne-Louise Robertson

February 6, 2018

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