Maungatautari Mountain is located in the waikato region around forty minutes from Hamilton city, the entire mountain is an ecological reserve which was put in place in 1912 to protect endangered birds, there are two access points the southern enclosure and the northern enclosure.
The Te Raki walking track to Maungatautari Peak starts at the northern enclosure which is accessed of Hicks road the carpark is located at the very end of Hicks road, there is a short walk through farmland to the enclosure and the one way gates to access the mountain, the walk via the bush track to the peak is around one hour.
The start of the walking track is around a fifteen minute walk following the predator proof fence the road is steep in places here and the track is on the right hand side of the road and sign posted, right from the start the track is tough and steep, climbing up and around the mountain side and there are a few obstacles to climb over like fallen trees and large tree roots.
The conditions are muddy most of the way but still manageable, to the Maungatautari Peak, this is not an easy climb there is no where to rest the legs on the ascent up the mountain, there are alot of exposed and slippery tree roots to contend with and the last two hundred metres are the most difficult with deep mud holes and steep sections and endless tree roots to trip you up.
Once you get to the top the track levels out then a board walk starts this takes you to the Maungatautari Peak however the view is obstructed with a radio mast a small clearing for the guy wires allows a great view to the Waikato plans below.
Back to the junction where the board walk starts there are a few options to carry on over the mountain to the southern enclosure via the bush walk or just to right there is a formed track and steps leading down to the quad bike service track, here you can also take the track to the southern enclosure the easy way or turn right and this quad track loops back to the northern enclosure at the base of the mountain, this option is alot more easier than traversing back down the Te Raki track.