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Maungatautari Traverse/Te Tapui Scenic Reserve


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Saturday 27 July 2019

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UPDATE ! The Northern Maungatautari entrance is currently closed, so on Saturday the walk will now start and finish from the southern entrance
PLEASE NOTE:    This trip does not need prior leader approval, but do email Russell to say that you will be coming
Duration: Saturday 27 July 2019 to Sunday 28 July 2019 (2 days)
Details: Two day trips in the Matamata area.
Saturday: Maungatautari Traverse

A traverse of Mt Maungatautari and Mt Pukeatua which makes a great day trip and a chance to visit a reserve that has been completely enclosed by a pest proof fence. It ends up at a visitors centre with a good display of wildlife things as well as eats.
Medium: Starting from end of Hicks Rd cross farmland to the edge of the bush, where the track climbs steadily through bush to the summit. Next the track traverses through an old crater, undulates for a couple of hours before arriving at the next peak Pukeatua. (It is possible to avoid this by taking an easy quad bike track to the saddle below the Pukeatua peak and then climb to the top in about 10 minutes.) From the summit there are good views. Complete the track to the visitors centre. Appox 5 hours
Easy: Use the quad bike track all the way to the visitors centre
Leader: Russell Allen 276 8770; 021 048 0380
Transport: Club bus   Driver: Rudy Melster
Destination: End of Tari Road, Pukeatua, Maungatautari
Departure: 8:00 am Club garage, 31 Sandringham Rd, Kingsland
NB no second pickup point (not suitable to leave cars at Greenlane)
Walk starts approx. 10.30am
Accommodation: Book your own camping site or cabin at Opal Springs Holiday Park phone 0800 800 198
Hot pools are free to guests - they close at 9pm. Bring your togs
If you have a cabin booked and have a spare bed to share with someone else, please let Tony know - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If you would like to take advantage of a spare bed in a cabin already booked, please let Tony know - email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  Close off time for cabin requests - Wednesday 5pm. After that time, check with people on the bus as to spare bunks, etc
  The bus will take people into Matamata on Saturday evening for dinner - there is a great variety of eating places there
Sunday: Te Tapui Loop Track
Easy: Starting at Piakonui Rd walk the loop anticlockwise, on well-marked track climbing to a summit at 495m. Although quite short, it is very worthwhile. We should be finished by 12.00 and be back in Auckland by 3.00pm with a stop for lunch on the way back. Appox 2 hrs
Leave Opal Springs: 9.00am, Walk starts 9.30am
Cost: $35 members, $40 non-members
Booking: Book your own accommodation for Saturday night at Opal Springs Holiday Park
Please advise Russell via email that you will be joining this trip -
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