Located to the west of Lake Rotorua and north of Lake Taupo, they lie to the immediate south of the Kaimai Ranges and can be thought of as an extension of them, in much the same way that the Kaimai Range itself could be considered an extension of the Coromandel Peninsula. The hills terminate in the south with the valley of the Waikato River.

At their highest, the Mamaku Ranges rise to over 600 metres, and much of the high ground within the hills forms a plateau. The range is extensively forested, with the Kaimai-Mamaku State Forest and Kinleith Forest both covering a considerable part of them. The forest includes Kauri trees growing at the far southern limit of their natural range.

There are limited options available for the casual tramper but much greater scope for the more experienced trampers and hunters.

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