Urchin is a tussock covered peak in the Kaimanawa Ranges. It lies at one end of a popular 2 day loop tramp which also takes in Umukarikari (1591), the Waipakihi Hut, and the Waipakihi River valley. However, if your prime objective is to bag Urchin, then it can be climbed on return half day tramp.

List Status Official
Elevation 1,392?m?(4,567?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Central Plateau/Taupo
Location Coordinates 39? 10′ 31″ S, 175? 50′ 41″ E
Nearest Town/s Ohakune, Waiouru, Turangi, Taupo
Range Kaimanawas
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 3-5 hours (return)
Distance 5.8?km?(3.6?mi)
Start/End Points Kaimanawa Rd
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Marked Route
Season Help.gif November to May
Hazards Changeable weather, swollen rivers, snow/ice in winter

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101greattramps-cover.jpg 101 Great Tramps in New Zealand, Mark Pickering and Rodney Smith, Reed Publishing NZ Ltd. (2004), See pages 80-82

Weekendnorth-cover.jpg North Island Weekend Tramps (Bird’s Eye Guides), Shaun Barnett. (2008), See pages 77-79

Trampinginnz-cover.jpg Tramping in New Zealand, Shaun Barnett, Craig Potton Publishing (2006). See pages 128-130