Due to the recent heavy rainfall, a number of roads and walking/cycling tracks in the Waikato are closed. If you are travelling to or through the Waikato region, please visit Waka Kotahi’s Journey Planner website for up-to-date roading information and check the local Council’s Facebook page for the latest updates and advice.

Walking & Hiking Trails

Pukemokemoke Bush Loop Track

The Pukemokemoke Bush Loop Track is a great Waikato walking trail, boasting over 300 native plants including matai, totara, kauri, kanuka and kahikatea, great picnic spots and stunning views of the wider region.

Pukemokemoke Summit, Morrinsville, Waikato, NZ

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.

Pukemokemoke Bush Loop Walk, Gordonton, Hamilton, NZ

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 all 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
  • Please Note: Dogs on a lead allowed 
Pukemokemoke Bush Loop Walk, Waikato