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Hawke’s Bay Ridge, Ruahine Forest Park

Hawke’s Bay Ridge is about 7km long, connecting Iron Peg on the Hikurangi Range with Ohuinga on the main Ruahine Range.

A superb option in good weather is to circumnavigate the tops around the entire Pourangaki catchment, which combines the Hawke’s Bay Ridge with the Sawtooth Ridge, and Te Hekenga – other notably rugged parts of
the park.

Purity and Kelly Knight Huts provide accommodation, but you’ll need a tent too. Many tarn-side camping places exist en route.

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Total Ascent
Maungakukeke Road to Purity Hut, 3hr; To Ohuinga, 4hr; To Kelly Knight Hut via Te Hekenga, 7-8hr; To road end, 3hr
Purity Hut ($5, six bunks), Kelly Knight Hut ($5, eight bunks)
To complete the circuit of the Pourangaki catchment, start from Maungakukeke Road end – permission is required to cross private farmland, see DOC website for details

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