Got To Get Out Next level - Harder Hikes: Waikato, Mt Pirongia

Event Information

Share this event

Date and Time



archie cafe

159 Ponsonby Road

Auckland, Auckland 1010

New Zealand

View Map

Event description
Join us to the summit of Mt Pirongia!

About this Event

Have you #gottogetout on a harder 'next level' adventure?

Have you already done a number of hikes with Got To Get Out (or on your own) but want to push yourself a bit harder, longer, faster than usual?

Want to be in a smaller group, move quicker through the bush and come home feeling worn out?

Got To Get Out group founder Robert Bruce (NZOIA bush trained guide, Peak Outdoors first aid trained, New Zealander of the Year semi-finalist) is guiding this series of 'harder faster longer' Next Level Adventures, for SMALL adult groups.

For our first mission, we're going to summit Mt Pirongia in Waikato!

Details as follow:

5am - meet at Archie Cafe Ponsonby

5:15am - Departure to track start by bus

7:30 - Arrival at Corcoran Road Carpark

8am - Start the hike

6pm - Finish hike and drive back to Auckland (big day!)

8:30pm ish Back in Auckland for drop off in Ponsonby

The track starts from Corcoran Road, climbs to Ruapane then traverses an undulating ridge on uneven ground before passing Tirohanga Bluff, a pinnacle of hard lava signifying its volcanic origins. The track then descends and climbs before reaching the Pirongia summit. On a clear day look for Mt Taranaki and Mt Ruapehu in the distance.

NOTE: This is a tough day and track only for people that have got previous experience of hiking and a good level fitness.

Read more about the track here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/waikato/places/pirongia-forest-park/things-to-do/pirongia-summit-via-mahaukura-and-tirohanga-tracks/

The rules:

- You need to have done several hikes before: Photo proof may be requested.

- Good quality boots / grippy footwear essential, these will be checked pre-departure. Ankle support / warmth / grip needed,

- Good quality backpack and gear (light weight gear recommended)

- Essential is your own emergency blanket, whistle, food, torch (cheap from most stores).

- PLB a good idea though Rob has his,

- Your own food (+ something small to share)


- You should be self-sustaining, have your own gear and know how to use it,

- It's a good idea to have your own map, checked weather.

- Sorry not dog friendly

- Adults only: over 20

- Half and half male female tickets.

- Tent, sleeping bag / liner possibly needed (for overnight stays only).

Note: yes this is a guided trip but is a collective experience with everyone 'pulling their weight' and helping to finish. We are in it together. This is great team building.

Rob your guide will have;

- emergency comms

- first aid and training, including some emergency food

- maps

- vehicle to and from (bus) and all driving

- concession to be legally hiking on this land

- emergency training

- Great chat, stories of Nepal, and maybe some inspiration!

Your fee covers;

- transport to and from track,

- trip hosting / guiding / driving

- concession to DOC or regional parks (owners of land)

- Hike One Give One (we will take out a kid in need another day)

- Support of Got To Get Out.

So then, who's #gottogetout?


Share with friends

Date and Time


archie cafe

159 Ponsonby Road

Auckland, Auckland 1010

New Zealand

View Map

Save This Event

Event Saved