Hike to top of Mount Kahuranaki on May 24 2015

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Mount Kahuranaki is the highest hill (mountain) in the coastal area of the Hawkes Bay province at 648m (2126ft) above sea level.

Our group hiked to the summit on this beautiful, sunny autumn Sunday. We hadn’t done this hike before.

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This photo was taken at the car park at the bottom of the mountain. We assumed that the top RH side is the summit of the mountain. Our assumption was wrong as you will see on the photos taken on the summit.

 

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Start of the 4.7km (3mile) road up to the summit

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Looking back to the start of the road with buildings of the Kahuranaki Station, the farm that uses the mountain for feeding sheep and cattle

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A group of cabbage trees. It looks like most of them have survived a mysterious disease that struck a lot of these trees in the 1990’s (see article)

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Still a long way to reach the summit

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The grass is still very green this time of the year. More often than not the grass turns yellow during the summer months. In the center of the photo you can see Te Mata Peak, a very popular lookout point close to Havelock North.

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Looking back you can vaguely see the Ruahine Ranges in the distance

 

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A group of rocks, it must have been a lot of work putting them there

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A view in northern direction. The ocean and Napier Hill are now visible. We are also well above Te Mata Peak now.

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Photo taken from the summit, looking West in the direction of Mount Erin

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Looking North again.

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Looking North-East

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Looking North-North-East

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Looking East

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Looking South-East

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Looking South

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This is me standing next to the so called Trig Point. These Trigs are created for Surveyors to help them to determine the location of objects and properties.(see article). This system is more and more replaced by using GPS


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