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A. Raglan and Surrounds. Raglan is a small seaside town with a relaxed atmosphere, great cafes, galleries and masses of outdoor adventures on its doorstep. Check out Wainui Reserve on Wainui Road and Ngarunui (Ocean) Beach, accessed through the reserve or from Riria Kereopa Memorial Drive.
11. Te Toto Track (Karioi)
Marked tramping track; requires skill, experience and average fitness. Follow Whaanga Road south along the coast from Raglan to the Te Toto carpark. It is 3-4 hours walk to the summit. From the lookout turnoff it takes 40 minutes to reach the summit. This part of the track is not as strenuous as the initial climb but still has its ups and downs, with ladders on some of the rocky sections. Go to the helipad 100 metres past the radio tower for the best view.
12. Wairake Track
Marked tramping track; requires skill, experience and average fitness.
B. Bridal Veil Falls.
Located in the Bridal Veils Falls Scenic Reserve on Kawhia Road, between Raglan and Kawhia, a short walk leads to a spectacular 50 metre waterfall.
10. Mangakino Route
C. Aotea Harbour. One of the least modified harbours along the west coast of the North Island.
D. Kawhia Harbour. Final resting place of the Tainui waka. This large shallow harbour is an important feeding and roosting site for wading birds.
E. Walter Scott Scenic Reserve. A small reserve managed by the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society with an enjoyable loop track.
F. Kakepuku Historic Reserve. A track leads to a viewing tower on the summit of this small volcanic cone. Five pa were once located on the mountain. Marked tramping track; requires skill, experience and average fitness.
G. Pirongia Visitor Centre. Located in the heart of Pirongia Village, this is a good place to stop for information on local history and attractions.
H. Matakitaki Pa. Located at the junction of the Waipa River and Mangapiko Stream at the north end of Pirongia Village. This was historically a strategically important pa for Maori and a major population centre. In the early 1800s, it was attacked by armed Nga Puhi from Northland. Although in a good defensive position, its occupants did not have muskets and were eventually overwhelmed and the survivors forced to flee.
I. Alexandra East Redoubt. Built in 1864 by the 2nd Waikato Regiment, the remains are not obvious but the small reserve on Aubin Close identifies the strategic position of the redoubt.
J. Alexandra Redoubt. Built after the war finished for the Armed Constabulary. It is the best preserved of the Waikato redoubts. Located on Bellot Street.
K. Whatiwhatihoe. Once a major settlement and meeting place for Maori, located at the foot of Mt Pirongia. In 1882 negotiation for land purchase was carried out here between the Crown and King Tawhiao. Birthplace of Princess Te Puea.
L. Military grave site.
Six British Army soldiers are buried in a small graveyard off Bird Rd - marked by a stone monument and a large oak tree. Along with 35 Maori warriors, they were killed in a skirmish early in 1864.
M. Paterangi Pa.
This highly fortified pa was built by Rewi Maniapoto and 3000 warriors from 20 tribes during the Waikato War. Little now remains of the structure but the highest point on Bell Road marks the middle of the defended area.
1. Mangakarä Nature Walk
1 hour return. Off Grey Road, Te Pahu. An enjoyable circuit through some of the least modified forest in the park. It is easy, but there are some short steep sections as you drop down to the stream.
2. Nikau Walk
3 hours return. Starting from the Kaniwhaniwha Reserve on Limeworks Loop Road, Te Pahu. A flat, easy track that follows the Kaniwhaniwha Stream then loops around a lovely area of forest.
3. Tirohanga Track (Pirongia)
Drive to the carpark at the end of Corcoran Road, Te Pahu. Walk 3-5 hours to the summit. Climb up to Ruapane Lookout then continue along the track past Tirohanga and on up to the summit. This upper section of track is steep and not so well formed until you get to the easy boardwalk just before the summit. Great views from the lookout tower on the summit. Take DOC topo map. Marked tramping track; requires skill, experience and average fitness.

4. Ruapane Lookout (Pirongia)
Drive to the carpark at the end of Corcoran Road, Te Pahu. 1 - 1½ hours walk from the carpark to the lookout. It is a steady climb up the Tirohanga Track to the Ruapane Lookout, but the track is well formed for most of the way and is suitable for family groups with moderate fitness. In fine weather the view is superb.
5. Mahaukura Track
Marked tramping track; requires skill, experience and average fitness. This track can be used for Tirohanga - Mahaukura Overnight Circuit (8-11 hours total - take appropriate DOC topographical map.)
From Grey Road, Te Pahu, take RuapaneTrack which links the Nature Walk to Waites Road and Ruapane. Then follow Tirohanga Track past the trig to the summit. The hut is another 30 minutes past the summit. To return to Grey Road via the Mahaukura Track, take the signposted turnoff from the Tirohanga Track 5 minutes east of the summit. Note: the first part of the descent to Mahaukura (899 m) is a bit muddy and can be difficult.
6. Tahuanui Track (Pirongia)
Marked tramping track; requires skill, experience and average fitness. Take appropriate DOC topo map.
3-5 hours to the summit, starting from the Kaniwhaniwha Stream Reserve on the Limeworks Loop Road, Te Pahu. This track branches off the Nikau Walk (see 2) and climbs steadily up a tawa clothed ridge to intersect with the Tirohanga Track 5 minutes from the summit. It is the easiest climb of the summit tracks but is longer than Tirohanga.
Tahuanui - Bell Track Circuit
This requires an overnight stay at the hut. The trip up the Tahuanui Track (see above) takes 3-4 hours but the descent along Bell Track takes 8-10 hours. The Bell Track can be muddy and difficult in places. From the hut, walk along the ridge, over the Cone (Pirongia's second highest peak) then drop down a long spur past the central campsite, through open clearings to Kaniwhaniwha Stream where there is a short side track up to the tall kahikatea. From here it is about a 1½ - 2 hour walk to the carpark.
7. Bell Track, used for Tahuanui - Bell Track Circuit
This requires an overnight stay at the hut. The trip up the Tahuanui Track (see 6) takes 3-4 hours but the descent along Bell Track takes 8-10 hours. The Bell Track can be muddy and difficult in places. From the hut, walk along the ridge, over the Cone (Pirongia's second highest peak) then drop down a long spur past the central campsite, through open clearings to Kaniwhaniwha Stream where there is a short side track up to the tall kahikatea. From here it is about a 1½ - 2 hour walk to the carpark.
8. Whararoa Route
9. Tiwarawara Route (may be re-routed 2005 - 2007)