The Hakarimata Summit Track is one of the busiest tracks that I have walked. There was a constant stream of walkers, runners, and trampers going up and down the track. It was a fine and clear Sunday, which probably added to the popularity.
The track consists mainly of steps, 1349 steps in all. The summit is at 374m, with a climb of 335m to the viewing tower at the summit. The climb took almost 90 minutes, the return downhill took just over 30 minutes.
On a clear day, like today, you can see Mt Ruapehu south of Lake Taupo, a total distance of 182km away. Continue reading