Walking Paths and Tracks in Matamata
Centennial Drive is a stunning botanical park winding it’s way through the Matamata town centre, featuring a wide variety of trees from all over the world.
Start: Firth Street, Matamata
Kaimai Summit Loop Track
A pretty short walk through New Zealand bush, including a small river crossing.
Start: Kaimai Summit, State Highway 29
Rapurapu Kauri Track
The first 600 m are through a previously grazed area that is being revegetated using radiata pine and tree lucerne as nursery crops. The track enters a terrace of tawa forest then drops down to the Rapurapu Stream which it then follows, before reaching a boardwalk at the base of the kauri trees. The largest tree measures 180 cm in diameter and 14 m to the first branch.
Duration: 5 km return via same track
Getting there: On SH29, about 4 km past the Kaimai Summit towards the Waikato side, a short gravel road on the left (not signposted) leads to a parking area where the track begins.
Tarore's Grave Site
Directions to Tarore's Grave Site:
Travel down Dunlop Road past the two cemetaries to your right. The grave site can be seen from the road. There is a wooden paling fence around the grave. Turn left and proceed down the sand road until you reach the brown house, and then walk through the paddocls until you reach the grave.
Te Tapui Scenic Reserve
Climb up the Maungakawa summit and lookout tower for great views of the surrounding countryside.
From the car park, the track leads a short distance into the bush before splitting in two directions.
The track to the right is shorter but does involve a steady climb to the summit and lookout tower. The track to the left is more gentle but quite a bit longer. An anti-clockwise route is recommend i.e., take the steeper option up and the easier option down.
Getting there: From Morrinsville; Piakonui Rd is off Paratu Rd off Morrinsville-Walton Rd. From Matamata; Piakonui Rd is off Piakoiti Rd off Morgan Rd.
Access to the walking track is from the west side of the reserve from Piakonui Rd.
Distance: 4km loop, 3 - 4 hr advanced loop.
The Wairere Falls are set amongst the beautiful bush of the Kaimai Ranges and drop over the Okauia Fault in two stages. The two sections of the walk through groves of native trees provide spectacular views of the falls and the district.
Start: Goodwin Road, off Te Aroha-Okauia Road
Time to first lookout: 45mins
Time to second lookout: 45mins