Maharahara Peak Track
Time: 4-6 hrs return | Fitness Level: high
Maharahara Track is a beautiful scenic route into the Ruahine Ranges.
Maharahara Track is a well-defined but often muddy track that climbs steeply through Southern Ruahine rimu, kamahi and tawa forest. Higher up, the track passes through more shrubby species such as horopito, flax and pink pine. From here it heads across a series of open, rocky knolls to Mt. Maharahara. The scratchy, leathery leaved shrub leatherwood is evident on the tops here. The Southern Ruahine ranges have the largest, unbroken mass of leatherwood in New Zealand. The rata and kamahi forest that once thrived in this southern area of the park has been severely damaged over the years by possums, thought to be introduced in the 1890’s. Possums combined with the forces of Mother Nature led to a major forest collapse by the 1950’s. Today the forest has more horopito, rangiora, bush lawyer and toetoe – which are species that Possums don’t like too much on.
Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies
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