3 Dec 2019

Whakanuia te maioha a Te Takapau a Maui,  hanake haramai ki te whakatau i te rua ngahuru o nga tau ki runga o Hikurangi

This celebration provides the opportunity for tribal members and their manuhiri to welcome in the new year and the first rays of Tama-Nui-Te-Ra aloft our sacred mountain. It is here among these nine spectacularly carved whakairo, created for Year 2000 Millennium celebrations, where a karanga will welcome in the new year, followed by a karakia, haka and waiata. At the conclusion of the ceremony korero will be provided about the whakairo who represent Maui and his whanau, before everyone descends back down the maunga to the Pakihiroa Woolshed for a BBQ breakfast.

For first-timers or returning attendees, this uniquely cultural and spiritual experience begins with a 3.30am start assembling at the Pakihiroa Woolshed. Four-wheel drive vehicles are a necessity to make the 45 minute (or 10.5 km) journey up the maunga where participants gather at Te Takapau a Maui Tikitiki a Taranga.


  • 3.30am        Assemble at Pakihiroa Woolshed flat approximately 1.75km along Pakihiroa Road    – click here to see a photo of the area

                               Health & Safety | Register & Vehicle checks

  • 4.15am        Depart for Te Takapau a Maui
  • 5.00am        Assemble in parking area adjacent to Te Takapau a Maui
  • 5.15am        Dawn Ceremony commences

                     Karanga |Karakia |Haka | Whakatau 

  • 6.30am        Descend from Te Takapau a Maui
  • 7.30am        Barbeque breakfast at Pakihiroa Woolshed

Due to health and safety requirements, for all those wishing to participate, you will be required to:

  1. Complete the online registration form here, registrations closes 5pm on the 29th December
  2. Organise your own 4WD transport that meets our requirements listed below
  3. The weather on our Maunga is very changeable please ensure that you have the appropriate clothing and footwear.

The track to the Maui Whakairo is for 4WD vehicles only. It is a very steep farm track with large drop-offs so extreme care whilst driving is required.


  • It is highly recommended that your driver is experienced in 4WD off-road driving.
  • All 4WD vehicles must be road legal – current warrant of fitness, registration and road user (if diesel).
  • Recommend High/Low gear ratio – low ratio is required in some steeper sections.
  • All Terrain or Mud Grip tyres with plenty of tread.

If your vehicle and driver do not meet the requirements above, please do not put yourself or your whanau at risk.

Please note that the dawn ceremony is dependent predominantly on weather conditions. If the weather forecast is not suitable, the organising committee will determine whether to cancel and those who have registered will be notified on the afternoon of the 29th December.

For weather updates check the links below.

For further information, contact:
Te Runanganui o Ngati Porou
Rapaea Parata: 021 863 114
Email: hikurangihutt@tronp.org.nz


My wife is a Tuhaka Manuel and she has always wanted to take us (her whanau) up Hikurangi and we will be at Rangitukia so awesome opportunity.

Tena koe
Please complete an online registration form if you'd like to head up the maunga for the dawn ceremony. The link is in the article.

Nga mihi

Do you have skilled drivers available?

Are we allowed to walk it and leave earlier than the vehicles. I’m coming home from Australia and don’t have access to a 4wd vehicle

Tena koe
Please complete online registration form, we need your contact information so our team can respond directly to you.
Nga mihi