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Te Whare Okioki & Mangamuka Huts Loop

Matamata, Waikato

Submitted by Linda Downes

Last Updated: 2nd Mar 2024


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Grunt Factor: 30 ?

Gnarl Factor: 43 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible


Undulating, some big hills

Native bush

Plantation/exotic forest

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Gravel Road

Farm Road / 4WD Track

Moderate Single Track

Technical Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +6.8%

Average Downhill Gradient: -8.0%


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You start off straight into a steady climb through farmland, giving you beautiful views of the Waikato. On reaching the bush you'll climb steeply for a little bit before it eases off.

Ignore the 1st turn off to Mangamuka on your right keep going untill you reach North/South junction. Once you reach the Junction head south, Youll soon reach the beaut new hut called Te Whare Okioki. Keep heading south for a little bit longer and you will come to a sign that says Mangamuka hut on your right. Turn here and get ready for some adventure -  this track is slightly overgrown, quite technical and you need to be aware of your navigation and follow the markers! It's mostly orange DoC triangles, however there a few random old-school reflectors and ribbons in a few trees. As soon as you're on this track it's quite a steep little climb and then down to quite a boggy area with cutty grass. If there has been rain or your doing this winter youll be getting muddy! Not far after the bog youll come out at Mangamuka hut, walk around the other side and the track continues on. When you get to Te Tuhi Track it's a left Turn and down you go back down the steep hill that you climbed at the start.

Parking is limited for only around 5 vehicles, pretty safe location as its near a few farm houses.

12 km

12 minutes




Follow the orange doc markers, read the signs

Very patchy.

Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival bag, Cellphone, Compass, Map, Gaiters

A few streams, they look clean but always take plenty of water just in case

In winter or after a lot of rain the Mangamuka hut track would be quite difficult. Approach with caution or consider a different route.

Mud, bog, tree roots, fallen trees, several stream crossings

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Trail Reviews

Fun, interesting, but tough track. Confirm that section past Mangamuka hut is not easy to ,navigate, got a bit lost in the swamp & rushes & cutty grass, Suggest gaiters or calf socks to protect lower legs from being lacerated to bits. Quads burning coming down the Te Huhi track.

Glen Brownlee

June 5, 2021

For some reason I always spend time trying to figure out where to go at the beginning farmland bit. Doesn't really matter too much, only thing to know is keep heading up and you'll need to go "through" some "fences" by grabbing the orange handles and unhooking the nylon rope and putting it back of course! Fair old slog for the first bit and as Tony has pointed out Mangamuka is overgrown and if you plan to travel at any speed prepare yourself to come a gutser as some stage. I think I fell over 4 times. All good fun and thanks for sharing Linda. Note that the map (and Doc map as well) shows Te Whare Okioki hut as Ngamuwahine Shelter as the new hut was built on the same site.

Anthony Sowerby

October 4, 2020

Great run! The Mangamuka trail off the North South trail past Mangamuka hut and all the way back to the te Tui trail is fairly overgrown and technical and definitely not a fast trail but easy enough to navigate

Tony Bullot

February 24, 2020

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