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Bell Track

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Not everyone's idea of fun, this is a challenging ascent of Pirongia via the back cone.


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Map Key

9.4

Miles

15.1

KM

Point to Point

3,033' 924 m

High

441' 134 m

Low

3,013' 918 m

Up

506' 154 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Cave · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Description

Follow the Nikau Walk on to the Bell Track and past the Kaniwhaniwha Caves. Cross the bridge near the big kahikatea and climb a spur to a series of clearings. The last clearing signposted as the halfway point has a small stream nearby and is a good campsite. The track becomes quite muddy at this point and continues along the ridge to the Cone (second highest point on the mountain) and then to Pahautea Hut. It is short distance to the summit of Pirongia.

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Kerry Suter

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From the Helipad on the Cone of Pirongia looking north.
Jul 11, 2020 near Otorohanga, NZ
Swing Bridge at the stream confluence
Jul 24, 2016 near Raglan, NZ
The Bell Track skirts these rocks above a deep valley. with permission from johnrag
Jul 26, 2016 near Otorohanga, NZ
The Cone Summit
Jul 24, 2016 near Otorohanga, NZ
Boardwalk through the moss covered pahautea trees. with permission from johnrag
Jul 27, 2016 near Otorohanga, NZ

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