Mount / Mt Hikurangi

Mount / Mt Hikurangi

Te Ara ki Hikurangi - Ruakumara Range


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Time: 7 hr Distance: 10km

Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou in consultation with the Department of Conservation, wish to advise that public access to Mt Hikurangi will be CLOSED from:

1 October to 31 October each year due to farming operations (lambing season)
12 noon on 31 December to 12 noon on 1 January each year for the Hikurangi Maunga Dawn Event - see link below for further information

Dawn event information -
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou Hikurangi Information
Department of Conservation – Te Ara ki Hikurangi Information

Mount Hikurangi, the first place on mainland New Zealand to see the sunrise. A rugged place to get at one with nature. The start of the track is located on Pahikiroa Station, which is at the end of the Tapuaeroa Valley Road, 20 kilometres inland from Ruatoria. The turnoff is on a bend (north of Ruatoria) and is signposted as "Pakihiroa Station". There is public access from the Tapuaeroa Valley to the mountain, via Pakihiroa Station which is owned and operated by Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.

There is a carpark beside the Pakihiroa station bridge. There is no public vehicle access past this point.

There is a hut about 4 -5 hrs walk from the car park. For hut bookings please contact Ph: +64 6 864 9004 or Email: You will need to book to get a space to stay, there is space for up to 10 people.

From the hut the summit can be reached in about 2 - 3 hrs of walking.


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Andreas Brodhaeker


Ranking: 5/10

Hard but awesome.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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Courtney Quintrell

United States

Ranking: 5/10

Watch for scary bulls. You cross paths with lots of livestock hiking through farm land on this one.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in February 2013

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Max Van der Zalm


Ranking: 9/10

Quiet walk, I saw no one in 3 days. First sunlight in the world is beautiful, but the last section is not marked.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Jens van Evp


Ranking: 9/10

No one goes here, and I mean NO ONE. Book your hut at the right time and be the first and only to enjoy the scenes and the first sun of the world (Mount Hikurangi is the first piece of rock in NZ that catches the sun rays).

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Cymen Crick

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