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Kakepuku Climb, Waikato

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Kakepuku ClimbBeginner

Submitted by Emma Dryland

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Te Awamutu

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands


1:30 (Slow)
1:05 (Moderate)
0:45 (Fast)



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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.

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Features of interest

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.

Make Up of Run

Easy Single Track: 10%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 90%

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  • Access

    Kakapuke mountain is about 10km south west of Te Awamutu. Heading from TA the car park is on the right 3.5km along Kakepuke road,

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

    13 km

    12 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    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.

  • Post run indulgence

    423 Alexandra St, Te Awamut
    They have beer.

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