Last Updated: 22nd Apr 2024

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Sunrise Hut

Last Updated: 22nd Apr 2024

Beginner - Intermediate

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Grunt Factor: 29 ?

Gnarl Factor: 50 ?








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Type of Run

Back country - remote

Out and Back


Native bush

Run Makeup


Moderate Single Track

Average Uphill Gradient: +15.7%

Average Downhill Gradient: -15.6%


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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. 

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)

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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




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.

Express Loco
best coffee in town not open on Sunday

Zinc Cafe
great food and coffee

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Kerry Bennett

has completed Sunrise Hut twice in the last year.

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Trail Reviews

Loved this track. We hike-ran this. A whole lot of switchbacks and beautiful beech/pine forests as you run through. The downhill run was a treat! Sunrise hut is set up well, would definitely come hike it and stay the night to catch the sunrise in the morning 🌅 and visit the surrounding saddles, lookouts and other huts.

Zoe Van Mil Potaka

April 26, 2022

Dragged my partner along to hike this trail. We popped slightly off track to start and visit Triple X hut. Was a great track and apart from the cloud cover hiding all the views well worth it. I’ll pop back another time solo and visit Armstrong saddle and check out Top Maropea hut along with Waipawa Forks hut and hopefully some amazing views!

Katrina Gurnick

January 24, 2022

A very nice track. For someone who doesn't really like hills, this one was actually enjoyable.
Was nice going through Bush and it was just quiet.

Megan Bigg

February 1, 2021

Local haunt so have used it for training over the years - even did it in full firefighter kit one year - good for lifting fitness level and very fast downhill run - tripped and tore a chunk out of my upper thigh one time - superb views on a fine day!

Bruce Perry

August 30, 2017

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