At the Urchin Trig, looking out onto Mt Tongariro and the cone of Mt Ngauruhoe.

Image: Kim Turia | DOC


Mount Urchin offers an easily accessible wilderness of beautiful beech forest, incredible views and a real alpine environment.

Track overview

6.6 km return via same track

Walking and tramping

3 - 4 hr Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

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

About this track


The track climbs steadily up through beech forest and above the bush line to the Urchin Trig (1391 m). The upper section of the track has an interesting array of alpine plants and a wide vista of Lake Taupō and the volcanoes of the Tongariro National Park.

Getting there

The track starts from the end of Kaimanawa Road. Turn off SH1 onto Kaimanawa Road 17 km south of Turangi. 


Turangi Office
Phone:   +64 7 384 7106
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Address:   3 Town Centre
Turangi 3334
Postal Address:   Private Bag 2
Turangi 3353
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