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Sunrise Hut, Hawkes Bay

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Sunrise HutBeginner - Intermediate

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Hawkes Bay


Back country - remote

Out and Back


Native bush

Beginner - Intermediate

3:00 (Slow)
2:15 (Moderate)
1:30 (Fast)



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Most of climbs are switch backs and can be steep in some parts. Difficult to run the whole thing, but no doubt someone has! Beautiful native forest on a well formed tracked with the views at top worth the journey. 

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Features of interest

Lots of native birds and great views of Hawke's Bay. Snow coverage in winter.
Take the track behind hut to Armstrong saddle to see the mountains on the other side of the ranges, but only do this if wind is not too high (track is very technical and slipping away at some parts)

Make Up of Run

Moderate Single Track: 100%

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  • Access

    State Highway 50
    Wakarara road (watch for signs to sunrise hut)
    Left on to North Block road (unsealed after the first 100m)
    Follow North Block Road to end, drive through three gates to carpark at top (road is rough so take it easy)
    Look for signs to indicate where to start.
    Other tracks in this area include Swamp Track, Waipawa Forks (up a stony river bed), and Triple-X Hut

    Plenty of parking in top carpark though road access is rough
    Toilet at start of track and up at the hut

    45 km

    45 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Perfect throughout.

    Thermal leggings, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Personal Locator Beacon (PLB), Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.

    Drinkable water at hut, but not advised to use unless boiled

    In winter snow and ice on track does make it hard to climb (poles would be useful, but I have done it without them). High winds on track that goes behind hut to Armstrong saddle sometimes.

  • Post run indulgence

    Express Loco
    best coffee in town not open on Sunday

    Zinc Cafe
    great food and coffee

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