North Shore Tramping Club
Starting at Mangapiko, the track follows a farm track besides Mangapiko Valley Stream and crosses two small streams before entering Mangapiko Valley Scenic Reserve. The bush on this walk is a pleasure; a canopy of predominantly tawa, kohekohe, pigeon wood, pukatea, some puiri and rimu. After about 20 minutes and 120m of ascent through mature forest the track emerges at a farm fence line and offers broad views across the hills and Hauraki Plains to Mt Te Aroha and the Kaimai Range. The track follows the fence line for about 500m with continued views to the east and then ducks back into the bush for a short way before emerging again at the fence line. From here it’s a short but steep climb up private land to Pukeitionga Station (510m) which offers extensive views out west over the Waikato to Mt Pirongia and east to the Hauraki Plains. The track then heads back into the bush and down a few steep and slippery slopes. The track continues north until a steep ascent to a radio station at the summit of Maungakawa Peak (535m), the highest point of Hapuakohe Walkway which offers views north to the Firth of Thames. The track then heads north to Ohinewai Rd where the bus will pick us up. 9kms – 6hrs.
Please bring plenty of drinking water due to the very high temperatures we're currently experiencing.
Note earlier start time
Depart: 8.00am The Strand
Fare: $20 members
$25 non members
Organiser: Helen Orchard
Phone: 09 444 1397
Maps Online / Printable / GPS
To access the printable maps, download the zipped file, and either:
· open the zipped file, then drag the files to a new location OR
· press and hold (or right-click) the zipped file, select Extract All, and then follow the instructions