The Ruahine’s southernmost hillThe 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...
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.
- 4.84km to summit
- Total Ascent
- Moderate / Difficult
- 6-8hr return
- At the end of Coppermine Road outside Woodville, Hawke’s Bay