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Urchin Peak, Kaimanawa Forest Park

Views of Mt Ruapehu from Urchin. Photo: Runi Sugianto
Area
Kaimanawa Forest Park
Distance
4.11km return
Time
2hr
Grade
Moderate
Access
From Kaimanawa Rd off SH1, past the Pillars of Hercules car park
Map
BH35
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For easily accessible views of Ruapehu, you can’t beat a trip to the summit of Urchin in the Kaimanawa Forest Park.

The well-defined track leads up through beech forest before entering the sub-alpine zone and the barren tops.

A weathered trig station marks the 1392m summit. Urchin can also be used as a starting point for a multi-day trip up the nearby Waipakihi River.