Mt Karioi is a forest-clad extinct volcano, surrounded by lush Waikato farmland on one side and the Tasman Sea on the other.

There are two available tracks to reach the summit of Mt Karioi in Raglan. This allows those hiking the trail to do a mountain crossing, or a return trip on either side.

Mt Karioi Track

The Karioi track from Te Toto Gorge car park offers fantastic views of the rugged west coast, north towards the Manukau Heads. Looking south on a clear day, you can see the four peaks of Mt Tongariro, Mt Nguruhoe, Mt Ruapehu and Mt Taranaki.

The track is exposed and steep at times, and chains are provided in a couple of places to assist with the ascent. From Te Toto Gorge car park to the summit and return takes a full day.

  • Time: Car park to lookout - 2 hours 30 minutes - 3 hours one way
    Carpark to summit - 3 hours - 3 hours 30 minutes one way
  • Location: Drive around the coast to Te Toto Gorge. The Te Toto Gorge car park is on Whaanga Road, near Raglan.
  • More Info: www.doc.govt.nz
  • Please Note: Many of the walking trails in the Hamilton & Waikato region do not allow dogs. Hamilton & Waikato Tourism recommended checking with the Department of Conservation before taking your dog on any of the trails in the region.

Wairake Track - Mt Karioi

A shorter and gentler route to the summit is from the Ruapuke Road car park. This route crosses farmland for 40 minutes before climbing steadily through native forest to the top. The walk to the summit and back takes about six hours.

  • Time: 2-3 hours one way
  • Location: The car park is at the end of Karioi Road, which is off Ruapuke Road near Raglan
  • More Info: www.doc.govt.nz