A link track connects the upper end of the Piako County Tramway track to Dog Kennel Flat junction adjacent to Mountain Road on Mount Te Aroha. From Dog Kennel Flat the road continues up to the summit of Mount Te Aroha and down to Tui Road by the Tui mines. From the junction it is also possible to take the steeper climb up the eastern side of Mt Te Aroha, or the Tui Saddle Track and Tui Track down to the Tui mines. Various other walking tracks also branch off nearby.
The link track, known as Te Aroha Link Track or Waiorongomai Link Track, also connects to Waipapa Track and Mangakino Pack Track. It is about 1.9 km long, and steep in places, mainly near the tramway end of the track. This walk was done starting and ending at Waiorongomai, turning around at Dog Kennel Flat. Continue reading
The lower end of Horseman’s Track, on the western flanks of Mt Te Aroha, is near the Mokena Geyser behind the spa building in the Te Aroha Domain, at an elevation of about 50 metres above sea level. The upper end is at a junction with Mt Te Aroha Summit Track at an elevation of about 360 metres. The track can be used as an alternative to the lower end of the summit track. The lower end of Lipsey Track is next to the Te Aroha Water Treatment Plant, next to the Tui – Domain Track and accessible from Miro Street.
Both of these tracks are narrow, and mostly quite steep, with steps on many of the steepest parts. Continue reading
Mount Te Aroha in the Kaimai Range at the edge of the Hauraki Plains towers above the town of Te Aroha. At a height of 953m it is the highest mountain in the area, with the summit being used for a transmission and communication tower. Previously the mountain has seen mining (gold, silver, tin, etc) and forestry activity.
There is a road leading from Tui Rd to the summit, but this is not open to the public. Several walking and tramping tracks also lead to the summit, with the shortest and most direct being the track from the Te Aroha Domain. This is the most frequently used track. With the Domain only being about 35 metres above sea level, there is a more or less direct climb of about 920 metres to reach the summit. Continue reading