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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.


  • Approximately four hours to walk or two hours to cycle return.


  • Weather conditions are changeable and it is important hikers and cyclists prepare for potential changing weather conditions typical to this area.


How to get there

  • Directions map form SH 23From 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.