Although nearly 100 metres lower than a nearby un-named 1329m top, the 1250m Kuripapango makes our list as a strenous but rewarding half day peak bagging expedition.

The DOC website describes this walk as zig zagging “through kanuka forest to the main ridge. As the main ridge is climbed, increasingly spectacular views appear; looking down to the lakes and east to Hawke?s Bay. Alpine flowers and tussock are scattered among the scree on top.” See Kuripapango Road tramping tracks for more information.

List Status Official
Elevation 1,250 m (4,101 ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Hawkes Bay
Location Coordinates 39° 21′ 29″ S, 176° 20′ 36″ E
Nearest Town/s Napier
Range Kaweka Ranges
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2-3 hours (return)
Distance 4.4 km (2.7 mi)
Start/End Points Lakes Carpark, Lakes Rd
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track
Season Help.gif October to April
Sights Views , Views of Hawkes Bay

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