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Mount William Walkway

McMillan Rd car park to Mt William summit

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 2.5 km one way

From the McMillan Rd end, the track follows a farm fence line with markers to the Mt William Scenic Reserve. The reserve hosts a wide variety of native trees and shrubs, including kauri, hard beech and king ferns. From the Mt William summit (373 m) there are expansive views to the West Coast and Firth of Thames.

Note that a fence has been erected restricting access to the trig. Visitors are welcome to cross the fence at a corner post. A stile will be added in the near future to improve access to the trig.  

Summit Mt William.
The trig

Mt William summit on to Puketutu trig and Puketutu Rd

Time: 1 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 2 km one way

The track continues along a saddle of rolling farm land to Puketutu trig (376 m) and Puketutu Rd.

McMillian Rd car park to kauri grove

Time: 40 min one way
Distance: 1.5 km one way

For the shorter walk, the Kauri Ridge Track follows the Mt William Walkway from McMillan Rd as far as the fence line, where you enter the reserve. Turn left at the sign, cross the left-hand stile and follow the track, which climbs steeply to the kauri grove. Return the same way. 

Getting there

View of Mt William summit.
View of Mt William summit from
the track
The Mt William Walkway is near Mangatawhiri, approximately 50 km south of Auckland City, on the Waikato side of the Bombay Hills.

The car park is on McMillan Rd, off Irish Rd, which is off SH2. Alternatively start from the other end of the track on Puketutu Rd, off Razorback Rd, which can be accessed from Beaver Rd, off SH 1.


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