IntroductionTake the shortest track to Pāhautea Hut and Pirongia summit.
This is part of the Te Araora Trail.
The first section of track takes you to Hihikiwi Lookout. The track climbs steeply via a series of steps before settling into a steady climb.There are views west along the way but the best vantage point over the west coast harbours is at lookout. It's also great place to watch the sunset if staying at Pāhautea Hut.
From the lookout, there's an elevated boardwalk and steps all the way to the hut (800 m). It 's another 30 min from the hut to the summit.
3 km north of Te Rauamoa, turn off SH31 onto Te Rauamoa Road, which becomes Pirongia West Road. The start of the track is about 7 km from the turn off.
A good level of fitness is required for these tracks.
The high level tracks on Pirongia follow steep-sided ridges. Water is difficult to find, especially in summer, so be sure to take sufficient drinking water with you.
Because of poorly drained soils, the tracks can be very muddy, especially after rain.
Check the Pirongia Mountain weather forecast – NIWA website.