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