Mount Hikurangi - First to Greet Each New Day
Mount Hikurangi is a non-volcanic peak located in the northeastern corner of the North Island of New Zealand, southwest of East Cape.
Mount Hikurangi stands 1,752 metres high and is the first point on mainland New Zealand to see the sunrise each day.
Mt Hikurangi is a very spiritual mountain for the local Māori people.
Climbing treks are by permission only from Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou. There is an excellent alpine hut on the higher reaches of the mountain allowing early morning climbers to see the sunrise.
Mt Hikurangi Activities
The Te Ara ki Hikurangi is a seven-hour tramping track that crosses private land. Visitors are requested to make contact with Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou before embarking on the track.
The Visitors Centre offers 4x4 tours to the Maui Whakairo, as well as a summit guide and an overnight guide.
Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou: 1 Barry Avenue, Ruatoria, Phone +64 6 864 9004, Email: Info@tronp.org.nz (After hours: +64 21 865 316)
There is a hut available for public use on the track, administered by Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou.
You must carry your own cooker and water. Camping is not permitted.
Mt Hikurangi Conservation
Mt Hikurangi is administered by Te Runanganui O Ngati Porou.
- Do not take dogs or other animals into the reserve
- Do not light fires
- Take your rubbish away with you
- Do not remove or disturb any artifacts or other historic remains
- Camping is prohibited
- The walkway crosses private farmland; leave gates as you find them