This traverse of Pirongia Mountain starts with DOC's Nikau Walk - an easy stroll south from the Kaniwhaniwha carpark, following the stream through a forest of plantings. Shortly after leaving the farmland and just before a circular walk through beautiful native forest, you take the Tahuanui Track leading off to the South-East and a picnic/campsite clearing with toilets and the last opportunity for swimming before starting the ascent to the summit.
- Poisons & traps
- Small stream crossings
- Weather extremes Wait it out in hut if weather closes in.
- Few water sources
- Hut water may need to be treated.
Weather on Pirongia
Weather conditions can change rapidly, especially at higher altitudes. Always carry a change of clothing, wet weather gear and sufficient food to cater for any emergency.
No dogs allowed