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Wharite Peak, Ruahine Forest Park

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May 2019 Issue

The Ruahine’s southernmost hill

The mist was still lingering in the early morning sun, making the forest eerie. Intermittent sunrays probed their way through the trees, the forest still except for the occasional bird...

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The view to Hawke’s Bay from Wharite Peak. Photo: Jem Bakker

Point 904 is reached around 90- minutes after leaving Coppermine Creek Track with Wharite Peak looming up ahead. The transmitter tower at its summit looked within reach to the left.

Wharite Peak, while steep and overgrown, was pleasant to climb. Below, the Hawke’s Bay stretched into the distance, baked dry from a relentless summer sun.

However, the peak kept itself in the distance, never seeming to appear closer. It took 45 minutes to reach the summit since first viewing it from Pt904. The track ends at the transmitter tower that dominates the skyline on the southernmost tip of the Ruahine Range. Looking out from the tower the views stretch to Taranaki, Tongariro National Park, the Manawatu and across the Hawke’s Bay.

Distance
4.84km to summit
Total Ascent
737m
Grade
Moderate / Difficult
Time
6-8hr return
Access
At the end of Coppermine Road outside Woodville, Hawke’s Bay

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