Southern, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
Walk through bush to hilltop views over Pongaroa
At the entrance there is a useful map explaining the three marked tracks through the bush. Four minutes along the red track brings you to a picnic table in the bush. You can continue along the red track on a loop walk (30 minutes) which comes out of the bush to a hilltop view at an old Totara stump. The yellow track is shorter and gentler, a 15 minute walk up the hill to Urupa cemetery.
The yellow track is rated easy, but note that when you emerge from the bush you are supposed to head directly up the hill to the cemetery - there is a seat at the top of the hill to head for. The style over the fence at the cemetery is broken.
Half way round the red trail is a short pink trail. The pink triangles look very similar to red triangles in the bush. The pink trail leads a short distance to a group of Kahikatea trees. Return the same way and continue with the red trail up the hill. The pink triangles stop without warning and it is easy to continue and get lost.
Note that the wooden styles over the fences are extremely slippery after rain. You are better to put your weight on the wire fence than risk slipping on the styles.
Pongaroa is on Route 52 between Alfredton and Weber. The road is sealed, but is twisty and windy and takes a while. You can also reach Pongaroa from Pahiatua via Puketoi and Makuri (about 50 km from Pahiatua).
Travelling north through Pongaroa, as you pass the store look for the unsealed road leading up to Urupa Cemetery on the right, after Riverbank Road and before Makomako Street. The bush reserve is signposted and is halfway up the short unsealed road to the cemetery.
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7 Jun 2010 by ledzep
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