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Maungatautari Mission, Waikato

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Maungatautari MissionIntermediate

Submitted by Emma Dryland

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Te Awamutu

Front country - easily accessible

Point to Point (one way)

Very hilly

Native bush
Open farmlands


4:00 (Slow)
2:30 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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This point to point run follows the run section of the Maungatautari Mission. A multisport event held in the middle of the year by the Boatshed Kayaks.
It traverses Mount Maungatautari south to north, along the Over The Mountain (OTM) track, followed by 3kms on the road.
Start from Tari road, follow the signs for OTM and enter the pest proof fence though a green cage gate. Head north on a wide gravel track before tuning left on to the track. The follow the OTM markers which diverge to the right. The OTM track meets up with the new track a few times in quick succession before leaving it to summit and descend the Rocky outcrop. Pukeatua peak is a minute or so detour off the OTM track. Follow on to the Maungatautari summit, exit the bush on to the wide gravel track, before reaching the end of the enclosure (1km), follow the farm tracks down 2 paddocks (1km) and on to Hicks road. Continue to the end of Hicks road to Maungatautari School (3km).

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Features of interest

Maungatautari or Sanctuary Mountain is Waikato's mainland ecological island and wildlife sanctuary. It is home to endangered species such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects.

Make Up of Run

Technical Single Track: 75%

Farm Road / 4WD Track: 1%

Gravel Road: 1%

Sealed Road: 23%

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  • Access

    Approx 30 min east of Te Awamutu. Follow Arapuni road until Pukeatua, turn on to Tari Road. Follow this to the end, 99 Tari Road

    There is parking available at the end of Tari road, a large gravel patch on the left hand side.

    28 km

    26 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the OTM orange triangle markers. Keep an eye out around the turn off for Pukeatua peak as the track is not as clear here.


    Long-sleeved thermal top, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Pack your own water.
    There are bathrooms at the visitors center during it's opening hours.

    It gets dark on the mountain earlier than expected winter. Pack a headlamp if you start this later in the day.

    There are normally some cattle in the paddock when exiting the north gate, they seem friendly and not phased by runners.

  • Post run indulgence

    11 Empire St, Cambridge
    Rouge is a great little spot to refuel with a yummy coffee and brunch.

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