The summit is reached by driving (or walking) up Paku Road, then joining the signposted path.
The walk is a little steep in places with unmade walkways and a little scramble up rock steps, but you are rewarded with a 360° panorama of the Tairua area.
Well worth the effort!
it's a steady climb up Mount Paku, involving a lot of steep slopes, steps and some scrabbling up rockier 'steps' to get to the top, but the views from the top are excellent! Walk back down and park your feet in the sea for a refreshing foot spa.
If you don't want to walk up from sea level, you can drive most of the way then walk up the track. Great views from the top make the steep but short track worth it. I had a bad knee (torn meniscus) when I scrambled up but it was do-able.
We drove as far as possible up Mt Paku and walked the remaining 10 minutes to the summit. Views on the ascent and at the very top were fabulous. Well worth a visit. Note the steps at the very end of the ascent are basically the stones that form the top of the mountain and are a little more challenging...
My husband and I have been coming to Tairua for years and never tackled the mighty Mt Paku. Well today we did. With an 18 month old! All good though. Best advice I can give is to do the full walk so you get the best appreciation for the incredible view and can incorporate a visit to the wonderful Old...
I deeply envy the people that live with that view. It's a short 5-10 minute walk to the summit from the car park. It is steep in places, with exposed tree roots, rocks as steps and some loose sections. So it's worth the climb, but might not be suited for elderly.
Only a few hundred metres from the parking area to the summit. This is a stunning viewpoint offering almost 360 degree look at the surrounding bays.
Plenty of families with young kids, but it would be impossible for anyone with mobility issues.