NELSON TRAILS

Knuckle Hill

Kahurangi National Park

Located in the northwest of Golden Bay, Knuckle Hill Track is a short deviation off of Kaituna Track to a prominent knob, Knuckle Hill (506 m). The summit provides stunning views of Whanganui Inlet and the forested hill country inland of the Kahurangi Coast.

Details
Length 9.4 km return
Time Required 2-3 hr return
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Return (up and down)
Start Elevation 100 m
Max Elevation 506 m
Dog Access Dogs are prohibited in Kahurangi National Park
Amenities There are no toilets or drinking water sources along the track


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Connections

Kaituna Track

  Walking and trail running

Access

  2 hr 30 min from Nelson | 1 hr from Takaka

 

From Takaka, head north along State Highway 60 to Collingwood, which is where State Highway 60 ends. Continue north along Collingwood-Puponga Main Rd to Pakawau and turn left onto Pakawau Bush Rd, which turns to gravel as it reaches Whanganui Inlet. Dry Rd continues around the inlet, with several causeways and bridges crossing its many tidal arms.

 

You will see a DOC sign indicating the left-hand turnoff to the car park, which is 500 m down a gravel side road.

 

Knuckle Hill Track branches off of Kaituna Track. The majority of Kaituna Track is within Northwest Nelson Forest Park. The summit of Knuckle Hill delineates the boundary of Kahurangi National Park.

Description

From the car park, Kaituna Track follows an old forestry road along a spur through regenerating mixed podocarp forest. The track has a gentle uphill gradient most of the way.

 

After 4 km you will reach the turnoff to Knuckle Hill. You will have to leave your MTB here as the remaining distance is unrideable. The track emerges into pakihi scrub of manuka and tussock, with granite rocks underfoot. At this point the track steepens as you climb the remaining 150 vertical metres to the trig at the summit (506 m elevation).

 

The summit offers stunning views; Knuckle Hill is the only sufficiently prominent location able to provide views of the entire Whanganui Inlet. You will also enjoy views of western side of Burnett Range, the forested hill country southwest between the coast and Wakamarina Range, and on clear days you will be able to see Kahurangi Point Lighthouse.

 

Return from the summit the way you came. Once back at the Kaituna Track, turn right to head back to the car park. Otherwise, Kaituna Track heads left and continues for a further 14 km to Aorere Valley.

Knuckle Hill
Kahurangi National Park

Located in the northwest of Golden Bay, Knuckle Hill Track is a short deviation off of Kaituna Track to a prominent knob, Knuckle Hill (506 m). The summit provides stunning views of Whanganui Inlet and the forested hill country inland of the Kahurangi Coast.

Details
Length 9.4 km return
Time Required 2-3 hr
Trail Type Walking track
Physical Difficulty Moderate   
Uses Walking, trail running and MTB
Direction Return (up and down)
Start Elevation 100 m
Max Elevation 506 m
Dog Access Dogs are prohibited in Kahurangi National Park
Amenities There are no toilets or drinking water sources along the track


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Access

  2 hr 30 min from Nelson | 1 hr from Takaka

 

From Takaka, head north along State Highway 60 to Collingwood, which is where State Highway 60 ends. Continue north along Collingwood-Puponga Main Rd to Pakawau and turn left onto Pakawau Bush Rd, which turns to gravel as it reaches Whanganui Inlet. Dry Rd continues around the inlet, with several causeways and bridges crossing its many tidal arms.

 

You will see a DOC sign indicating the left-hand turnoff to the car park, which is 500 m down a gravel side road.

Knuckle Hill Track branches off of Kaituna Track. The majority of Kaituna Track is within Northwest Nelson Forest Park. The summit of Knuckle Hill delineates the boundary of Kahurangi National Park.

Description

From the car park, Kaituna Track follows an old forestry road along a spur through regenerating mixed podocarp forest. The track has a gentle uphill gradient most of the way.

 

After 4 km you will reach the turnoff to Knuckle Hill. You will have to leave your MTB here as the remaining distance is unrideable. The track emerges into pakihi scrub of manuka and tussock, with granite rocks underfoot. At this point the track steepens as you climb the remaining 150 vertical metres to the trig at the summit (506 m elevation).

 

The summit offers stunning views; Knuckle Hill is the only sufficiently prominent location able to provide views of the entire Whanganui Inlet. You will also enjoy views of western side of Burnett Range, the forested hill country southwest between the coast and Wakamarina Range, and on clear days you will be able to see Kahurangi Point Lighthouse.

 

Return from the summit the way you came. Once back at Kaituna Track, turn right to head back to the car park. Otherwise, Kaituna Track heads left and continues for a further 14 km to Aorere Valley.

Connections

Kaituna Track

Walking and trail running

Updated 7 February 2019