Mount Paku Summit Walk

Mount Paku Summit Walk - Tairua

Mount Paku Summit Walk



9 Rankers Reviews

7 Face-to-Face

5 Tairua

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Tairua Estuary from Paku summit


approx 2 km return | 45 minutes return

Paku Hill is an exposed dome of rhyolite lava that was formerly buried under older, now eroded deposits. It was once an island, but has now been joined to the mainland by a sand strip. There are extensive views of Tairua estuary, which is a drowned river valley, and the central ranges beyond.


From Tairua town center follow Manaia Road for 1.2 km and turn right into Paku Drive. After 1.9 km veer sharp left and turn right into Tirinui Crescent. The start of the track is signposted from the end of the crescent, 0.2 km further on.

Alternatively, if travelling to Tairua from the north, turn left into Ocean Beach Road before the one-lane bridge and continue 1.5 km before joining Paku Drive.


The track is well-formed but steep and rocky in places. It zigzags its way up to the trig at the summit.


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Umbrella Organisation

Non-profit organisation


North IslandCoromandelTairua


  • Walking
  • Free


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Ranking: 9/10

Yeah great view from the summit.
Don’t be fooled, heaps of steps to the top.
Well worth it, even for someone as unfit as me. Savour the moment

Reviewed almost 3 years ago

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Francesca Scott

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Great little walk up to the summit of the volcano. View at the top was amazing.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in January 2017

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Tina Mlinarevic


Ranking: 9/10

Nice view of the harbour and the beaches, it is nice to read about the settler history on the way up.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Philip Sheridan


Ranking: 8/10

Great insight into the local history with perfect views at the top.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Christopher Emerich


Ranking: 8/10

Easy walk for half an hour. The track is sometimes not easy to find, but it is worth it. The views from the top is great.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Claudia Schaefer


Ranking: 9/10

From the carpark the walk is quite hard to find (sign small), nevertheless after one found the track and made it to the top (track itself is good!) the view is amazing, very nice sign at the top of the mountain explaining the views/island names.

Reviewed about 5 years ago and experienced in December 2016

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Bryan Anders

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Quick hike, not difficult though there is an incline. Great view! You can see the ocean, harbours and both cities. It only took us 15-20 minutes too.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ahmed Mohsen Aly


Ranking: 9/10

Fun short walk to the top of a non active volcano with splendid views of Coromandel.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Russ Turner

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

A walk to the top of this extint volcano rewards you with wonderful 360 degrees views of the local beaches, bays and Tairoa harbour and estuary.

Reviewed about 12 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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