Last Updated: 9th Apr 2024


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Kakepuku Climb

Te Awamutu, Waikato

Submitted by Emma Dryland

Last Updated: 9th Apr 2024


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Grunt Factor: 12 ?

Gnarl Factor: 14 ?








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Type of Run

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush

Open farmlands

Run Makeup


Farm Road / 4WD Track

Easy Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +13.2%

Average Downhill Gradient: -13.5%


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From the car park follow the track up. There are a some switch backs before the track winds around the mountain. The track narrows, there are a few stairs before you reach the boardwalk approaching the summit.

There is a tower-trig for enhanced views of the Waikato.

Heading down head clockwise along the boardwalk to complete a small loop before joining up with the track, then continue down the way you came.

Strictly no dogs permitted.

This trail includes the peak Kakepuku.

The summit was once a pa site (please stick to the boardwalk in this area).
There are quite a few low swooping wood pigeon to watch out for. On a clear day you will have an excellent view of Mt Pirongia.

There is a large car park. And long drop 100 meters along the track.

13 km

12 minutes




There is a fork in the track just before reaching the summit. Follow the arrow and head in a clockwise direction along the board walk. You will loop back this way after reaching the trig.

Generally good.

Windproof jacket, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map

Pack your own

The track is clayey in places and can be slippery.

423 Alexandra St, Te Awamut
They have beer.

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Trail Reviews

Up there again for a blast. Now July and had a few days of rain but the track is pretty good. A bit of slippery but not a lot.

Paul Ewart

July 17, 2022

Great trail to get some climbing on the legs. I do question the Make Up of Run, it says Easy Single Track: 10%, Farm Road / 4WD Track: 90%. I think it is the other way about, Easy Single Track: 90%, Farm Road / 4WD Track: 10%.

Paul Ewart

July 4, 2021

Great run for some hill training. Great views from the top

Karen Russell

October 12, 2020

Nice easy up and down, great views. Timings are very generous,. I'm definitely not elite, but did it in less than an hour.

Magnus Hammarsal

May 20, 2020

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