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Follow the Mt Hikurangi Track from Pakihiroa to the summit of Hikurangi. It’s a 7 hour journey - be prepared for all types of weather.

Track overview

Return via same track

Walking and tramping

7 hr one way Expert: Route

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Views from Mt Hikurangi.
Views from Mt Hikurangi

Car park to hut: 4 - 5 hr
Hut to summit: 2 - 3 hr

There is pedestrian access only across Pakihiroa to Hikurangi summit. Please follow the marked farm track and use the stiles provided. Yellow markers show the route from the carpark to the hut. Markers show the route from the hut up the mountain. The last 400 m to the summit is steep scree slope (the best way up the scree slope is to keep left all the way up), there are no markers or defined track.

Getting there

Mt Hikurangi is on the Raukumara Range, about 130 km north of Gisborne by road. 

As Te Ara ki Hikurangi track crosses private land, visitors are requested to make contact with Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou before embarking on the track. They offer 4WD tours to the Maui Whakairo, as well as a summit guide and an overnight guide.

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
1 Barrys Avenue
Ruatoria 4032

Ph: +64 6 864 9004 or email:

The start of the track is located on Pahikiroa Station, which is at the end of the gravel Tapuaeroa Valley Road, 20 kilometres inland from Ruatoria. The turnoff is on a bend (north of Ruatoria) and is signposted as 'Pakihiroa Station'. There is public access from the Tapuaeroa Valley to the mountain, via Pakihiroa Station which is owned and operated by Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.

There is a formal carpark just below the Pakihiroa station manager's house. There is no public vehicle access past this point.

Know before you go

Mt Hikurangi is an alpine environment (summit 1752 m). The weather is unpredictable and can change rapidly. You can expect rain, fog, cloud, strong winds, snow and extreme cold at any time of the year. Be prepared to turn back if weather conditions deteriorate.

This track is designed for walking during daylight hours only and is not safe to attempt in poor visibility.

The route is marked with poles to within 400 m of the summit. The last 400m is unmarked. This section contains a scree slope, is steep with unstable footing. Extreme care is required.

Take warm and waterproof clothing, some form of communication, carry water and food. Ensure somebody knows your plans.

No dogs, no guns and no mountain bikes are to be taken onto Pakihiroa.

Use map NZTopo50 BE44 Te Puia Springs. These can be purchased from local map stockists.

Te Ara ki Hikurangi may be closed for short periods during the year for farming or cultural reasons. All closures will be publicly notified. Further information can be obtained from Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.

There is a hut available for public use on the track, administered by Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou. Bookings should be made through Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou. Camping is not permitted.


Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne Office
Phone:      +64 6 869 0460
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