A 10 minute drive from Te Awamutu, the maunga (mountain) Kakepuku has great cultural, historical and ecological significance. At its summit is the site of an ancient pā (Māori settlement), Hikurangi Pā Tirohia. The mountain was once surrounded by lush wetlands – these were drained to develop European agriculture. Today, conservation projects are helping wildlife, forests and waterways on and around Kakepuku. Journey with us from the base to the summit of Kakepuku, following a forest track.
10 meneti te roa o te taraiwa i Te Awamutu ki Kakepuku. He maunga whai mana ā-ahurea, ā-hītori, ā-hauropi anō hoki a Kakepuku. Kei tōna taumata te wāhi i tū ai tētehi pā tūwatawata tawhito, ko Hikurangi Pā Tirohia te ingoa. I mua, he repo i te pūtake o te maunga, engari he mea keri ēnei kia pai ai tā te Pākehā mahi pāmu. I tēnei rā, kei te āwhina ngā kaupapa tiaki taiao i ngā kararehe, i ngā ngahere me ngā wai i runga i a Kakepuku me ōna pūtakenga. Kia whai tātou i te ara kei roto i te ngahere i te pūtake ki te taumata o Kakepuku.