The 40ha Pukemokemoke reserve, just 20 minutes north of Hamilton includes nine sites of interest, which are marked along the track; these include a log hauler site, the kauri grove, the lookout and the stopover pa.
The remnants of the old stopover pa can be found about half way up the track from the bridge and deep trenches, food pits and other architectural elements can still be identified amongst the fauna that has now taken over the site.
The lookout at the summit of the track provides stunning 360 degree views of the region, with the Hakarimata Ranges, Mt Te Aroha and more visible on a clear day. From the summit the track loops back down the mountain to the log hauler site, a large clearing perfect for a family picnic in the sunshine and further exploration of the other tracks and rejuvenation efforts happening in the reserve.
Pukemokemoke Bush Loop track details:
- Location: Whitikahu Road, north of Gordonton
- Length: 1 hour 30 minute circuit
- 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.