It’s an easy 3 hours return, and takes a bit of travelling to get to, but ultimately is supremely worth the effort in getting to. Don’t do this hike without a camera! It’s also best to do it on a clear day, as views and scenery form a huge part of the enjoyment of this walk. Take a packed lunch and thermos – there’s nothing like sitting on top of the world, enjoying a sandwich and a cup of tea or coffee!
To get there: drive north from Napier on SH2 to Tutira. The drive there is almost worth the trip in itself, with great views and scenery on the way. At Tutira, turn left into Matahorua Road. There is a good information panel at the general store on the corner, if you need a short break. Keep going up Matahorua road for about 4km until the road forks – keep left, into Pohokura Road. The tarseal changes to gravel shortly after, but there’s nothing to worry about, as it’s graded to a good standard. The road soon starts climbing, with majestic views opening up the higher one goes.