Te Mata Peak
This was another TOP HIGHLIGHT of our New Zealand road trip: Standing on Te Mata Peak and looking over the golden hills that lay all around me. There was no one around, so I sat down for a few minutes to take it all in.
Te Mata Park, and its famous Peak, are one of the most loved and visited places in Hawke’s Bay. This peak stands almost 400 meters above the Heretaunga Plains. It is both a visual feature and an integral part of Hawke’s Bay history. Roughly 200,000 people come to visit this park every year, and yet we saw only a handful of people while we were there. Visitors get to enjoy stunning scenery, unique topography, geology, flora and fauna and a wide range of recreational activities.
A paved road leads up to the popular lookout at the summit. There are also several trails for hikers and mountain bikers. As you can see on this map, below, there are 5 TOP walking trails. They are color-coded, and there are signs along the road.
The guys stayed in the car – probably because Eli was asleep, and we didn’t want to remove him from his carseat. Funny enough, I was really happy that I got to do this alone. Even though there were some people standing around in the car park area at the summit, I didn’t see more than a couple people walking the trails. Below, I took the lower trail on the hill, from the car park to another summit. I could tell that the 360 degree view from there would be even better.
And it was!
It could possibly have been that the view was better because I was away from the cars. Whatever it was, I really enjoyed my time on these rocks. My husband is a saint, and I was sure that he didn’t mind how long I took. Unfortunately, we did have to get back on the road so that we could make it to our next destination before dark. Drive times in New Zealand were no joke!
If you are interested, you can read about the legend of Te Mata Peak HERE.