North Block Road is the most popular starting point for visitors to Eastern Ruahine Forest Park. From there tramping tracks take you to Smith’s Stream Hut and Waipawa Forks Hut.

Track overview

Walking and tramping

Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track


Smith's Stream Hut track

Time: 4 hr

This rugged track is suited for the more adventurous. From the Sunrise carpark follow the track for 1.5 kilometres to the Waipawa River. Slightly upstream and on the southern side there is a signpost marking the start of the track, which follows the forest edge to the park boundary. It passes through open regenerating scrub and forest to Middle Stream, then crosses the river and climbs steeply to a 1104 metres peak. The track then descends to Smiths Stream which is followed for 1 kilometre to reach the hut.

The hut is the best remaining example in Hawke’s Bay of the original Forest Service SF40 designed huts constructed in the 1960’s and 70’s throughout the country for deer cullers.

Waipawa Forks Hut track

Time: 2 hr 

Walking up the Sunrise Track and returning via the Waipawa River is an interesting trip. Approximately 1 hour from the Sunrise carpark, the track drops steeply down to the Waipawa River and the Waipawa Hut is located 200 metres downstream on the southern side of the river. Sunrise carpark can be reached by walking an unmarked route down the Waipawa riverbed to farmland where a track climbs the true left bank and continues on for 2 kilometres to the carpark.

Please note that it can be dangerous to cross or follow the river when the water level is higher than normal.

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.

Know before you go

The last 4 km of this road is through private farmland. Do not disturb stock and leave gates as you found them. Dogs are not permitted.

North Block Road map (JPG, 224K)


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