Te Aroha Mountain Track

5 hours

8 km

Highlights

  • Mokena Geyser
  • Whakapipi Lookout
  • 360 degree views from summit

Proximity

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Make your way up Mount Te Aroha, the highest point in the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park at nearly 1 km tall.

Walking the track

Beginning at the Mokena Geyser in Te Aroha Domain, the well-defined track rises to the summit, which offers majestic 360 degree views across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty - on a good day, you can see as far as Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu.

From the geyser, it's about 45 minutes to the Whakapipi Lookout, marking the start of the Kaimai-Mamaku Forest Park. The track continues on for around two more hours and becomes steeper and rougher. 

You can descend by retracing your steps - the return trip is somewhat quicker. Or take the slightly longer route along Tui Mine Loop Track, via the steps on the northeast side. This track includes a steep and rocky section and passes an old concrete explosives magazine, before heading into lowland forest and joining the Tui Domain Track.

To find out more, visit the DOC website (Department of Conservation).

Useful information

The track will have you climbing 952m in total, so be prepared for alpine conditions at the peak.

How to get there

Te Aroha is close to Hamilton, Waihi and Paeroa. To reach the Te Aroha Domain, travel to Whitaker Street, Te Aroha.

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