Ruapane Lookout

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Introduction

Climb to a lookout on Mount Pirongia with excellent views across the Waikato Basin to the Kaimai Ranges.

Track overview

2 km | 4 km one way

Walking and tramping

1 hr | 1 hr 30 min one way Easy: Walking track
Advanced: Tramping track

Dog access

No dogs

About this track

Description

Two tracks lead to Ruapane Trig (723 m) with excellent view across the Waikato Basin to the Kaimai Ranges.

Tirohanga Track

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.

Ruapane Track

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.

Know before you go

Before you go into the outdoors, tell someone your plans and leave a date to raise the alarm if you haven't returned. To do this, use the New Zealand Outdoors Intentions process on the AdventureSmart website. It is endorsed by New Zealand's search and rescue agencies and provides three simple options to tell someone you trust the details about your trip.

Contacts

Te Rapa Office
Phone:   +64 7 850 8378
Fax:   +64 4 471 1117
Email:   waikato@doc.govt.nz
Address:   5 Northway St
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3200
Postal Address:   PO Box 20025
Te Rapa
Hamilton 3241
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