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The Pironga Traverse takes you through the dramatic landscapes of Waikato.
After roaming through flat farmland and emerald forests, and climbing up a series of steep ridges and bush-covered slopes, you come to the hike’s highlight: crossing the ancient volcanic cone of Mount Pirongia (959m).
From this highpoint, you have fantastic views out across the Waikato Basin all the way to the Kaimai Ranges, the west coast harbours, and you can see the Karioi Mountain rising up from the Raglan coastline.
This hike is part of the Te Arora long-distance trail, which stretches from the top to the bottom of New Zealand.
For another volcanic hike along the Te Arora, try the famous [Tongariro Alpine Crossing](https://fatmap.com/routeid/1885893/tongariro-alpine-crossing). For more information on the Pirongia Traverse: https://www.teararoa.org.nz/waikato/pirongia-traverse/ **Sources** https://www.teararoa.org.nz/waikato/pirongia-traverse/ https://www.nzgeo.com/stories/pirongia-traverse/ https://www.doc.govt.nz/globalassets/documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/waikato/pirongiabrochure.pdf