Te Ara ki Hikurangi Walkway

Te Ara ki Hikurangi walkway is located in the Ruakumara range, 130km north of Gisborne by road.
The walkway weaves its way through alpine vegetation to the summit of Mount Hikurangi, the first point on the mainland to greet the morning sun. The mountain is also the resting place of Nukutaimemeha, the waka (canoe) of Maui, who is said to have fished up the North Island.

The walkway crosses private land and visitors are asked to contact Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou before beginning the walk. There is a hut available for public use on the track. Bookings can be made through Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.


The walkway entrance is located on Pahikiroa Station, at the end of Tapuaeroa Valley Road, 20km inland from Ruatoria.

Conditions and closures

To find out more about conditions of access on this walkway (eg, access with bikes, dogs or horses) and any temporary or seasonal closures, visit the Department of Conservation's website or contact the nearest Department of Conservation area office.

At a glance

Walking time: 14 hours return
Length: 19km return
Created: 11 January 2001
Controlling authority: Department of Conservation

For more information about this walkway and the surrounding area, visit the Mount Hikurangi - Te Ara ki Hikurangi track page on the Department of Conservation’s website.