Saturday 22th October 2022 – A walk up to Mount Pirongia Summit via the Hihikiwi Track mainly to tick it off. If it’s your first time to Pirongia, other tracks on the eastern side are perhaps more picturesque and varied.
Official Department of Conservation page regarding Hihikiwi Track.
Allow about 8 hours return (including lunch and other short breaks). The track undulates quite steeply (as much as 150 metre drop followed by a 150 metre ascent).
For those who it’s first time hiking up Pirongia, better to approach it from the Grey Road Trail head instead: go via the Mahaukura, Tirohanga tracks and looping back to the car park via Ruapane / Link track. See Department of Conservaton page regarding a variation of this route.