- Kaimanawa Forest Park
- 4.11km return
- From Kaimanawa Rd off SH1, past the Pillars of Hercules car park
- Notes & Map
- Urchin, Kaimanawa Forest Park (pdf, 2 MB)
- GPX File
- Urchin Peak (gpx, yo 6 KB)
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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.