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Taupiri Mountain Summit

Taupiri Mountain (Taupiri Maunga), at the southern end of the Taupiri Range, is located adjacent to State Highway 1 between Huntly and Ngaruawahia. Taupiri Mountain is sacred to the Waikato people and its lower flanks are used as burial grounds. Amongst others Maori royalty are buried there. A loop track leads to the summit from an access road branching off SH1 next to the bridge over Mangawara Stream.

The loop track was reopened in 1995 after work on the track was done by local residents and members of Taupiri Young Farmers Club. The summit of Taupiri Mountain has a trig station at an elevation of 288 metres.

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Hakarimata Summit Track

The Hakarimata Summit Track is one of the busiest tracks that I have walked. There was a constant stream of walkers, runners, and trampers going up and down the track. It was a fine and clear Sunday, which probably added to the popularity.

The track consists mainly of steps, 1349 steps in all. The summit is at 374m, with a climb of 335m to the viewing tower at the summit. The climb took almost 90 minutes, the return downhill took just over 30 minutes.

On a clear day, like today, you can see Mt Ruapehu south of Lake Taupo, a total distance of 182km away. Continue reading