Te Mata Peak
One of the best things about Hawke's Bay is the climate, even in winter there is plenty of sunshine hours to get out and hit the slopes...the slopes of Te Mata Peak that is.
Te Mata Peak is one of Hawke’s Bay’s most cherish and most photographed spots.
The vista looking up from the bottom to the craggy faces above is impressive but the views from the summit out over Hawke’s Bay can only be described as spectacular.
Te Mata Park boasts 5 main walking tracks that lead to the summit of Te Mata Peak. The well sign posted tracks weave through tree lined trails, redwoods forest and open terrain, providing an endless variety of nature and views to admire along the hike.
The redwood forest at the foot of the peak, a fairly gentle 15-minute stroll from the carpark, is the perfect spot of a picnic lunch and the giants make great hiding spots for a game of hide and seek!
The tracks can be tough, but the view at top is well worth the hike. 360 degree views over Hawke’s Bay taking in panoramic views of the Ruahine, Kaweka and Maungaharuru Ranges and Cape Kidnappers. On a clear day you might even be able to see Mount Ruapehu across to the west and Mahia Peninsula to the north.
On calm days you’ll often find hobby paragliders and hand gliders launch off the summit and gently glide across the planes to land the paddocks below. A rather mesmerising sight.
Don’t forget your camera, you’ll definitely want a few snaps to remember this hike!
Get up nice and early to hike Te Mata Peak pre-dawn, the early start and hike will be well rewarded with gorgeous sunrise views.