The track to Sunrise Hut is one of the most popular walks in Eastern Ruahine Forest Park and is well suited to family and school groups.


Track overview

Return via same track

Walking and tramping

2 - 3 hr Easy: Walking track

Dog access

Dogs with a DOC permit only. Contact the relevant DOC office to obtain a permit.

About this track


Sunrise over central Hawke's Bay from Sunrise Hut. Photo: C Tiffen.
Sunrise over central Hawke's Bay from
Sunrise Hut

Sunrise Hut Track is one of the most popular tracks in the park, particularly with family and school groups. It is a high quality benched walking track which makes its way through changing forest types to the open tops.

There are superb views of the Hawke’s Bay plains and excellent sunrises from the hut, which resides in a tussock basin beside the bush edge.

From behind Sunrise Hut there is a 30 minute route up to the sub-alpine herbfields at Armstrong Saddle where you can view Mt Ruapehu on a fine day.

Caution is required in this exposed area where strong northwesterly winds are common.

When returning, a more adventurous option is available via Waipawa Forks Hut and the Waipawa River - see North Block Road tramping tracks.

Sunrise Hut, Ruahine Forest Park.

Sunrise Hut

Category: Serviced
Facilities: 20 bunk beds, heating, mattresses
Bookings not required - first come, first served

Getting there

The North Block Road end is the most popular starting point for visitors to the Eastern Ruahine.

North Block Road is approximately 100 km from Napier. Follow State Highway 50 for 66 km and turn right into Wakarara Road. After 20 km, turn left into North Block Road. The start of Sunrise Tracks starts at the road end. A newly erected toilet at the car park will come as a blessing for many trampers.

The last 4 km of this road is through private farmland. Please don’t disturb stock and leave gates as you found them.


Hawke's Bay Regional Visitor Centre
Phone:      +64 6 834 3111
Address:   Conservation House
59 Marine Parade
Napier 4110
Full office details
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