WAIKATO: TAUPO

04-Dec-14

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Waituhi Lookout

star rating of 3

by Chris Gaelic

2942 SH 41, Kuratau, Waikato

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Sealed driveway to the viewing platform

Sealed driveway to the viewing platform

 

Viewing platform at the top

Viewing platform at the top

 

 

The Waituhi Lookout is at the highest point coming over the ridge from Taumaranui to Turangi and offers scenic views in a 360 degree panorama.

 

Unfortunately, it was a dull, overcast day and the stunning view was lost in cloud.

 

There is only a small layover on the side of the highway for parking, and a sign advises that the road is not suitable for large vans. So we pulled over and walked to the viewing area, which ended up being about 500m up a steep hill on a sealed road.

 

Update: 18-Aug-2017

We were passing by again on a brilliant sunny day in late winter, we I impulsively decided to drive up to the viewing platform. I know that the road was sealed from our previous visit, but had forgotten how narrow it was. 

 

We made it to the top ok, but would have been in real trouble if we'd met someone else coming down! Not recommended!

 

Having said that, we got some stunning pictures of the snow-capped mountains;

 

Driveway entrance

Waituhi Lookout entrance with the Cars Only sign

 

View over National Park and the parking area

 

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