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No. 12 – See the first sunrise

Wharekia seen from the Hikurangi Track. Photo: Alana Srubar-Vernon

Join Ngati Porou whanau and visitors for the annual 4WD journey up to the site of nine carvings in time for New Year’s day break. This wonderful experience allows you to share the occasion, ceremony, and an excellent kai, as well as an opportunity to learn what each carving represents.

At any other time of the year, trampers are free to climb Mt Hikurangi. At 1752m, it’s by far the largest mountain in the region and (apparently) the views are tremendous on a fine day.

Hikurangi Hut, situated just shy of the 1200m mark, makes a dawn trip to the summit more feasible where you can see the sun lift gloriously from the Pacific Ocean.