Te Peka Lookout and Reserve
This lookout is on Hospital Hill at the end of Byers Avenue and has panoramic views over the town and surrounding country side. A gazebo, with a lit cross on the top, is a focal point of the Western end of Taumarunui and the views from here are fantastic. It spans the mountains, rivers, town and valleys. It is a ‘must visit’ even if you choose not to walk the tracks. On the face overlooking the Ongarue River a few dedicated locals are clearing and planting 2.65 hectares of bank from the Lookout to SH4.
The noxious weeds are being removed and trees and shrubs are replacing them. 3 km of walkways form 2 main tracks, with added loops, winding through this bush and run from the lookout down to access ways on SH4. There are seats for contemplation and rest placed along the way. The trees are exotic and native adding colour and texture. This area makes for an interesting wander from either the top or the bottom and shows what a difference a few inspired people can make. They are changing an untidy bank into something very attractive and enjoyable. Now it brings pleasure to many and is an asset to the town.