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Maungakawa Ankle Breaker, Waikato

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Maungakawa Ankle BreakerBeginner

Submitted by Lance Knauf

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Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush


1:15 (Slow)
0:45 (Moderate)
0:30 (Fast)



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The track is a relatively short loop with good elevation leading to easy-to-access views. The track is very well marked and being a loop can tackle it whichever way suits. At the fork of tracks the left track attacks the summit from the south and is a more pleasant gradient as it steadily makes its way up towards the summit where there is a viewing platform in the tree tops making for an amazing view over the Hauraki Plains and even down to Ruapehu on a good day. The right track tackles the summit from the next ridge to the east, this is shorter and slightly steeper.

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Features of interest

Great views from the top of Waikato and Hauraki Plains leading to a high amount of smiles per miles.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 30%

Moderate Single Track: 40%

Easy Single Track: 30%

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  • Access

    Approximately 5km along Piakonui Road if coming from north or south, signposted as Te Tapui Scenic Reserve.

    Roadside carpark on a quiet back country road.

    21 km

    25 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    From the carpark follow the track past the old faded sign, up the hill the track forks into the two directions of the loop, choosing how to tackle the hill is the most difficult part of the navigation. The track is very well formed and signposted by small orange triangles every 10-15 metres making it hard to lose the track.

    Generally good.

    Long-sleeved thermal top, Windproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map, Headtorch and spare batteries.

    There is no water available along the way.

    Generally well drained tracks. After rainfall tree roots could become extremely slippery.

    The track is riddled with tree roots so be careful with root placement especially when coming down.

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