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Located in the Waikato region of New Zealand, Mount Pirongia is the highest peak in the Pirongia Forest Park (959m) and a popular destination for hiking and outdoor recreation. The Ruapane and Mahaukura track trailhead starts at the Grey Road carpark and climbs steadily to the summit of Mount Pirongia.
The track is well-marked and follows a steady incline through native forest, with several steep sections along the way.
There are a few lookouts along the route with views of the surrounding landscape. This 14.1km / 8.7 mile route takes most hikers around 5-6 hours to complete, but allow plenty of time .
The track can be challenging at times, with a steep ascent to the summit and some rocky sections, so it is recommended for experienced hikers in good physical condition. At the summit of Mount Pirongia, hikers are rewarded with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including the Waikato Plains, the Kaimai Range, and the Mamaku Plateau.
The summit also features a trig station, a small shelter, and a plaque commemorating the mountain's history.