Mount Hikurangi - Te Ara ki Hikurangi

Track category

Tramping track


7 hr


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

Mount Hikurangi.
Mount Hikurangi

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.

Places to stay

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.

You must carry your own cooker and water. Camping is not permitted.

Plan and prepare

Wear or carry clothing and equipment appropriate for mountainous terrain as weather can be unpredictable.

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.


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