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Pouakai Summit, Taranaki

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Pouakai SummitIntermediate

Submitted by Chris Wheatley

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Trail Information






New Plymouth

Front country - easily accessible

Out and Back

Very hilly

Native bush
Open tussock/grasslands
Open ridges/tops


4:30 (Slow)
3:30 (Moderate)
2:30 (Fast)



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Trail starts on the Mangorei Track (part of the Pouakai Crossing) up to Pouakai Hut. From there take the trail towards Holly Hut. Not far from there follow take the track signposted to Pouakai Summit. From that signpost the trail is fairly level crossing tussock and swampy areas to the base of the final peak. From here follow the poled route up to the summit trig. The old track here is very eroded and overgrown. Return via the same way.

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Features of interest

Amazing views over the swamp towards Mt Taranaki

Make Up of Run

Untracked / Route only: 40%

Technical Single Track: 0%

Moderate Single Track: 60%

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  • Access

    Start at the end of Mangorei Rd

    Parking on the side of the sealed road. You re not allowed to park on the gravel section of the road.

    19 km

    21 minutes



  • Staying Safe


    Follow the signposts on the trails and then the old pole route markers for the final part up to the trig.


    Lightweight fleece top, Long-sleeved thermal top, Seam-sealed waterproof jacket, Gloves, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.

    Water available at Pouakai Hut.

    Winter may have snow/ice in the area and the final climb is pretty exposed.

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