Te Awamutu Heritage Trail
The Heritage Trail is a walking tour of local history, taking approximately 1½ to 2 hours. The starting point is next to the Information Centre on Gorst Avenue where a Guidesheet is available.
Boasting 14 ha of Kahikatea forest just 3km north of Te Awamutu on SH3, turn left into Ngaroto Road with a signpost on left 1½ km. A 20–30 minute stroll on a boardwalk which is suitable for street shoes. Wheelchair access requires a gate key – contact Waipa District Council 07 871 7133 (24 hours).
Kakepuku Historic Reserve
2–3 hours return. While there are limited views from the top, good views from the north side of the trade round hill. Native robins released Autumn 1999. Mountain Bike track around base.
Pirongia Forest Park
- Mangakara Walk
45–60 minutes. Well formed track. Good views over Waikato from car park. Located Grey Road, Te Pahu.
- Nikau Walk
3 hours return. Easy level walk along stream through farmland then bush. Swimming holes/trout fishing. Other tracks leading off for longer walks. Located Limeworks Road, Te Pahu.
- Ruapane Lookout, Tirohanga Track
2½ – 3 hours return. Steady climb through native bush to trig. Pirongia summit 7 hours return. Located Corcoran Road, Te Pahu.
- Walter Scott Reserve
1½ hours circular track. Lovely native bush – track can be muddy after rain. Located Scott Road off Pekanui Road, Ngutunui.
2½ – 3 hours to Old Mountain Road, further 1 hour to Four Brothers scenic reserve on SH25. Some steep climbing, native bush, mostly open farmland with extensive views. Track closed 1 August – 30 September for lambing season. Located Karamu Limeworks Road, Te Pahu.
- Northern end – Access from Hicks Road, Karapiro. Steady climb. 3 hours return. Views.
- Pukeatua – Southern end. Access from Te Tahu Road, Pukeatua. Steady climb, last 50 metres steeper. 3 hours return. Views.
- Traverse Hicks Road/Pukeatua – 6 hours one way. Track overgrown between peaks. Transport must be pre–arranged from either end.