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Adventure in a Lost World: Hiking Mount KarioiKarioi is Raglan's mountain. It catches local wind and weather, and its submarine roots shape the world-famous waves that draw visitors to the area. To climb the mountain is to make a pilgrimage; to pay respect to the peak.
Two routes reach the summit, offering different challenges as return hikes, or the possibility of making a crossing. The Wairake track is the shorter and easier. It rises gently from a carpark on Ruapuke Road, through pasture to the edge of the bush, where the track climbs steadily to the top. It takes around 2 hours to reach the top. The car park on Ruapuke Road is around 30 minutes drive from Raglan.
The Mount Karioi track is narrow, steep and challenging, with chains and ladders in some places, taking around 3 hours one way. It begins above Te Toto Gorge carpark on Whaanga Road, about 20 minutes drive from Raglan.