Explore the Park
The Top 5 Walking Tracks provide a variety of options to explore some spectacular areas of the Park on foot. Each of the tracks is a different loop route, which may be travelled in either direction. To access the Top 5 Tracks, enter the Park via the Main Gates Car Park or Tauroa Road Car Park. Note: starting at Tauroa adds 0.7km and an extra 15 minutes walk each way, via Chambers Walk.
Individual Track Images and Interactive Maps
- Piwakawaka Loop – 1.3km / Est 40 mins
- Big Redwoods Track – 2.7km / Est 1 hour
- Karaka Wander – 4.0km / Est 1 hr 15 mins
- Rongokako Trail – 5.5km / Est 2 hrs 15 mins
- Giant Circuit – 5.4km / Est 2 hrs 15 mins
Points of Interest
Te Mata Park has a rich human and geological history, and is home to a range of unique plants and native birds. Look out for small signs with Quick Reference (QR) codes, identifying Points of Interest. Scanning the QR codes with a smartphone provides instant access to detailed information on these particular sites. There is good mobile phone reception in most areas of the Park, apart from the valleys. This information is also available to download for each track at the bottom of this page.
Fitness and Safety
The times for walking each track are estimates only. Based on adults of average fitness, allowing time to enjoy the spectacular views and Points of Interest.
Take care on the tracks – they traverse a variety of landscapes, including very steep areas. Tracks may be slippery after wet or wintery weather. Wear suitable footwear and clothing, and use sun protection. Some parts of the Park are quite exposed to the elements. Note there are no toilets or drinking water within the Park.
Please help keep our Park beautiful. The Trust is very grateful to visitors who collect litter found in the Park. Rubbish bins are located at the Main Gates Car Park, Tauroa Road Car Park, and the Summit. The whole Park is an off-lead area for dogs. Please note that stock is regularly grazed, and all dogs must be controlled at all times. Bikes are permitted on sections of track marked with orange ‘Shared Track’ stickers.
Each of the Top 5 Tracks has been loaded onto MapMyWalk – a free app which allows you to track the route, time, distance, speed and calories in real-time using your phone.
This project has been made possible through a grant from the Aotearoa Foundation with the support of Hawke’s Bay Foundation, along with a generous contribution from the 2013 Peak Trail Blazer.
- Piwakawaka Loop – Points of Interest
- Big Redwoods Track – Points of Interest
- Karaka Wander – Points of Interest
- Rongokako Trail – Points of Interest
- Giant Circuit – Points of Interest