Please read the below information to make sure you get the most out of your Maunga Hikurangi Experience. If you cannot find the answers you are after please contact us directly.
Gisborne to Ruatoria click here via State Highway 35.
Opotiki to Ruatoria click here via State Highway 35.
Please check in to Ngati Porou Hauora when you arrive in Ruatoria.
The Te Ara ki Hikurangi track is located on Pahikiroa Station, which is at the end of the gravel 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 formal carpark just below the Pakihiroa station manager's house. There is no public vehicle access past this point.
What do I need to KNow?
For TE URAUNGA-TU/Sunrise Tour and HARAMAI/Day tours, please ensure you know what time you need to be at the Hati Nati Cafe, Ruatoria and be on time, the tour will not wait for you.
There are composting/long-drop toilets available at the Pakihiroa Station car-park and at the Pou.
Maunga tours will be cancelled via email if rain is forecast or there has been rain in the last 24 hours at 3pm the previous day. You will be offered a full refund.
Your safety is paramount, our guides are trained to cope with the worst case scenario, however taking part in this activity is at your own risk.
We have not had an issue with vehicle safety, however we do recommend you lock your vehicle and ensure valuables are out of sight when parking your vehicle in Ruatoria.
What Do I need to Bring?
You are going up a Maunga therefore please ensure you have warm clothes, it can be cold at the Pou even in the middle of summer.
Please ensure you have closed in shoes; sandals, jandals or flip flops are not appropriate.
Please ensure you bring sun protection.
Please ensure you bring water; we will provide some water however the tours do last at least 4 hours.
Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou in consultation with the Department of Conservation, wish to advise that public access to Maunga Hikurangi will be CLOSED from:
12 noon on 31 December to 12 noon on 1 January each year for the Hikurangi Maunga Dawn Event.
1 October to 31 October each year due to farming operations (lambing season).
Payment is required at time of booking. Tours will not go ahead without a minimum of 2 people. Bookings of less than 2 people will be on stand-by until minimum numbers are met.
In the event we have to cancel a tour, a refund will be provided on the card which was used to purchase the tour. Refunds can take up to 2 weeks to be completed.