Pipiwharauroa Trail Details
The 18 kilometre long Pipiwharauroa Trail winds over the Te Uku Wind Farm site and affords outstanding 360 degree views across the greater Waikato, to include Raglan, Kawhia and Aotea harbours, and on a clear day, Mt Taranaki.
The trail offers a unique opportunity to experience the history of the site, unmatched views of the Waikato and a chance to get close to a number of the 137 metre high turbines in operation on the wind farm.
At the summit, a historic site treasured by local iwi, Ngaati Maahanga is known as Te Tihi o Tonganui. The site pays homage to three ancestors, Mahanga the eponymous ancestor and namesake of the tribe, Tonganui the warrior and Hone Waitere, the last Maaori owner of the Wharauroa block.
The formation of the Pipiwharauroa Trail over existing paper roads has been made possible with the co-operation and goodwill of the landowners.
The project is a joint initiative by Waikato District Council, Meridian Energy and landowners.
Cyclists and walkers are required to keep to the track which is over private farmland. Please note this trail is for walkers and cyclist only. NO DOGS OR MOTORBIKES ARE PERMITTED ON THE TRAIL AT ANY TIME.
From SH 23 turn onto Te Mata Road, drive through Te Mata and turn left onto Kawhia Road. Drive past Bridal Veil Falls and at the top of the hill turn left into the Pipiwharauroa Trail car park. The trail is signposted from Te Mata Road.
Local Trail Association
More Stats for Pipiwharauroa Trail mountain bike trail
Altitude change929 ft
Altitude min636 ft
Altitude max1,584 ft
Altitude start650 ft
Altitude end1,579 ft
Distance climb3 miles
Distance down1 miles
Distance flat1 miles
Avg reverse time00:53:24
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- Snow Packed
- Snow Covered
- Freeze/thaw Cycle
- Prevalent Mud
- Very Dry
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