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“Fantastic test of fitness from either approach”

Mount Karioi summit tracks
Ranked #16 of 37 things to do in Raglan
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 25 March 2017

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 quicker.
However for the drop dead "bore the friends with the photos" option, the western aspect has it in spades.
I did the latter in the middle of winter, and would do this again as a sunny, wind-still day can be dressed up for. I'm reasonably fit, have done other Waikato walks in significantly less than DOC recommended times.
However this return journey with only 30 mins at the summit and 10 at the "halfway" viewing point took me 7 hours.
Do heed the hiking boots recommendations, as well as the food and water, waterproof and warm clothing, decent backpack to haul it all in suggestions, as you need all your concentration for the chains and the root ramble just before the final summit push.

I have heard of others starting the climb from Te Toto and leaving another vehicle at the Ruapuke end, so it's not a loop.
This is eminently sensible as summit to Ruapuke Road still has stellar views when you emerge from the bush, and you can see your car in the farm carpark, to spur you on.

I was fortunate to meet up with a very friendly couple who encouraged me to continue as offered moral support from the first lookout (see photo) to the summit, otherwise I would have turned back, as it's still another fairly gruelling hour from there.

Be also aware that this approach has significant ups and downs both ways, unlike the Ruapuke way, where up is up and down is down!

4  Thank MumandSon_10
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Reviewed 21 February 2017

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 assist you on the hike. A real adventure and must do when in Raglan.

Thank Todd F
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Reviewed 30 January 2017

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.
We did this climb with 2 older kids and 3 little ones and everyone had a lot of fun.
Once you get up into the mountain itself, the track becomes tight as you walk through a sub tropical rain forest and you start to feel like you are stepping into a very ancient and special environment.
Our climb took place on a sunny day, but it has rained the night before so the ground was slippery and muddy. If you are wearing suitable shoes / boots - no problem.
Dont try this with thongs or as the kiwis call them jangles...lol

1  Thank minotaurmanagement01
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Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

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.
The view from the top and the glory of having made it make it all worth while though.

1  Thank David A
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Reviewed 4 December 2016

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 for all the effort. The track goes through the forest, so we stayed kind of fresh even though it was a super hot summer day. It gets steep only in some points but there are chains and ropes to help.

1  Thank Horrorshow87
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