Ruahine Range

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Ruahine Range

The Ruahine Range is the largest of several mountain ranges in the North Island of New Zealand that form a ridge running parallel with the east coast of the island between East Cape and Wellington. The ridge is at its most pronounced from the central North Island down to Wellington, where it comprises the Ruahine, Tararua and Rimutaka Ranges.

The Ruahines run northeast-southwest for 110 kilometres from inland Hawke's Bay to near Woodville. It is separated in the south from the northern end of the Tararua Range by the Manawatu Gorge.

The highest point in the Ruahines is Mangaweka, situated along the Hikurangi Range, which at 1733 metres (5686 feet) is the second highest non-volcanic mountainous peak in the North Island after Mt Hikurangi (1754 metres/5755 feet) in the Raukumara Range.

The other notable peak is Wharite (920 metres/3017 feet), which visually marks the southern end-point of the Ruahine Range. The dominant geographical landmark in the Manawatu and Tararua District, Wharite is perhaps better known in the region for its highly visible television transmission tower, which for a number of decades has rebroadcast national television services to the region.


Ruahine is a Māori name believed to mean “wise woman”, with reference to the migrant leader's granddaughter on the Aotea canoe.[1]


  1. ^ "Ruahine Forest Park: History and culture". Department of Conservation, New Zealand. Retrieved 12 July 2019.

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Coordinates: 40°00′S 176°06′E / 40.000°S 176.100°E / -40.000; 176.100