Top Maropea Hut hike

For the first part of this tramp/hike, refer to the article on Sunrise Hut.

Top Maropea Hut is completely different to Sunrise Hut – it’s a lot smaller (6 bunks, compared to 24 for Sunrise Hut), and is a restored old Forest Service type hut. However, for tramping satisfaction, this is the real deal – it is miles away from anywhere, and gives one that real sense of isolation, as there is no sign or view of civilisation or environmental modification in any direction.

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Hiking to Sunrise Hut

If you love tramping, this is one you can’t miss when visiting Hawke’s Bay. It offers easy hiking, beautiful bush and scenic views, and plenty of photo opportunities. It is also pretty safe under most weather conditions, is family and child-friendly and is therefore the most popular tramp in the eastern Ruahine ranges, for good reason.

The start is at a well-signposted car park near the end of North Block Rd. The easiest way to get there is from SH50 in Central Hawke’s Bay. Turn down Wakarara Rd, towards the mountains, and follow this for about 22km, then turn left into North Block Rd. About 4km further on you’ll get to the intersection with Carsons Rd – keep right, and continue on until you arrive at a farm gate, the first of three. Please leave gates as you find them, as the road passes through a working farm. The car park is about 0.5km after the third gate. Continue reading


Hiking – our passion

Not only are we listing as many hiking options as we can in New Zealand, but we’re planning to expand our listings to include South Africa as well. If you have information about hiking trails in other countries, please write to us and we’ll consider adding them too.

For now we’ve listed only those hiking trails around the Hawke’s Bay area in the North Island of New Zealand, which is where I currently live (in Waipukurau) and do my hiking frequently. Being from Cape Town originally however, and having family there I still visit every few years, I have covered most of the hiking trails in the mountains around the Western Cape as well.

It is my wish to provide information to assist hikers and walkers to enjoy the beauty of creation, to marvel at nature whilst getting good exercise too. Join me…