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We have walked the Mt Karioi track twice - once started at the Mt Karioi track side and once started at the Mt Karioi track side (Te Toto Gorge) and the last time starting at the Wairake track side (Karioi Road, off Ruapuke Road). The...More
My college age son and I went up to the lookout in May. The vires were breathtaking! It was a windy day andcwe didn't have time to go the entire track (which must be amazing). There had been lots
of rain, and it was steep...More
I concur with the previous reviews, having now taken both routes up Karioi 3 times, once from Te Toto and twice from the Ruapuke Rd end.
To "bag it" at the expense of views as you go, the latter approach is less arduous and infinitely...More
A crazy adventure! The track starts at a beautiful lookout. Keep an eye out for the sign on the corner of the road by the carpark. The track was quite muddy and that was on a hot summers day. Ladders and chains are provided to...More
We took the short climb from the Northern face of the mountain through someones farm (its perfectly legal as long as you stay on the track)
The first 700m - 1 km is all relatively easy but then it gets progressively more challenging.
Be warned, this track is crazy tough.
Chains and ladders and it is long.
If there has been any rain the whole thing is a mud pit!
Make sure you have proper hiking boots.
Go buy some now and you can thank me later.
First of all I must say that I was not in the best physical condition at the time, so this track might be easier than what I let on.
I arrived to the lookout, not far from the summit, where the view just pays off...More