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