Two tracks lead to Ruapane Trig (723 m) with excellent view across the Waikato Basin to the Kaimai Ranges.
Track category: Walking track
Time: 1 hr one way
Distance: 2 km
A steady climb from Corcoran Road along the Tirohanga Track leads to Ruapane Trig. The track starts from the car park and follows a formed track up steps. Nearer the top, the formed track ends and a tramping track leads up over rock to the trig view point.
Getting there: 5.5 km north of Pirongia, turn off SH39 onto Te Pahu Road, which is signposted for Pironga Forest Park. After 5.6 km, turn into Corcoran Road and follow this to the end.
Track category: Tramping track
Time: 1 hr 30 min one way
Distance: 4 km
Ruapane Track starts at the Waite Road car park and follows up a slippery gully before reaching the bush edge. From here, the track follows a ridge that becomes steeper as it reaches the junction of the Tirohonga Track. It then climbs steadily up a rocky outcrop to the trig.
Getting there: 5.5 km north of Pirongia, turn off SH39 onto Te Pahu Road, which is signposted for Pironga Forest Park. After 4.7 km, turn into Waite Road and follow this to the end.
Pack everything on the day hike packing list, including a waterproof raincoat, warm clothes and spare food.
Because of poorly drained soils, the tracks can be very muddy and slippery, especially after rain. We recommend sturdy shoes with good grip.
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