Densely forested, Mt Te Aroha is a bird lover’s paradise, where kaka, kokako, and tui can often be seen and heard.
Mt Te Aroha Whakapipi Lookout & Summit Track
The Summit Track starts at the Mokena Geyser in Te Aroha Domain and quickly ascends to the Whakapipi Lookout. The lookout provides panoramic views over the Hauraki Plains. The hike to the lookout takes about 45 minutes, then from the lookout, the track continues through a small saddle and then steeply up for another two hours to reach the top.
From the summit there are 360 degree views across the Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions, and Mt Ruapehu, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Taranaki are all visible on a clear day.
Multi-day hikes are also available in the area on the Kaimai Ranges, as well as plenty of shorter walks on and around Mt Te Aroha.
Mt Te Aroha walking trail details
- Time: 45 minutes one way to Whakapipi Lookout, 3 hours one way to summit
- Getting there: The track starts in the Te Aroha Domain
- 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 recommend checking with the Department of Conservation before taking your dog on any of the trails in the region.