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Introduction

Visit the sacred mountain of Ngati Porou, the highest non-volcanic mountain in the North Island.

Track overview

Return via same track

Walking and tramping

7 hr one way Expert: Route

Seasonal restrictions

Public access to Mount Hikurangi is closed from 12 noon on 31 December to 12 noon on 1 January each year. Access is closed in the interest of public safety and in respect of cultural significance of the Hikurangi Maunga Dawn Event.

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

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

Walk across Pakihiroa Station to Hikurangi summit. Yellow markers show the route from the carpark to the hut. Marker poles show the route from the hut up the mountain, although the last 400 m up a scree slope are unmarked - keep left all the way.

Getting there

The track starts 25 km from Ruatoria. Turn off SH 35 onto the gravel Tapuaeroa Valley Road and follow the signs for Pakihiroa Station.

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

Know before you go

Te Ara ki Hikurangi track crosses private farmland - leave gates as you find them and don't disturb stock.

Contact Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou before you start:

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
1 Barrys Avenue
Ruatoria 4032

Phone: +64 6 864 9004
Email: pbrooking@tronp.org.nz

The track may be closed for short periods during the year for farming or cultural reasons. All closures will be publicly notified. 

Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou offer 4WD tours to the Maui Whakairo, as well as a summit guide and an overnight guide.

What to expect

Mt Hikurangi is an alpine environment (1752 m). The weather is unpredictable and can change rapidly. 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 last 400 m is a scree slope. It's steep with unstable footing - extreme care is required.

What to take

Take warm and waterproof clothing, some form of communication, carry water and food.

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

Accommodation

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. Check alerts on this page to find out if it is closed. Camping is not permitted.

Be aware

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

Contacts

Turanganui-a-Kiwa / Gisborne Office
Phone:   +64 6 869 0460
Address:   63 Carnarvon Street
Gisborne 4010
Email:   gisborne@doc.govt.nz
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