A gang ceremony that throttled sunny Saturday afternoon vehicle access to iconic Hawke's Bay lookout Te Mata Peak was bigger than expected, a veteran leader says.

Hastings Mongrel Mob leader Rex Timu says the ceremonies have been held at "Rongokako" for more than 20 years, but usually at night, when few, if any, other members of the public are around.

Timu said he was also concerned about the numbers as they arrived on Saturday.

Te Mata Peak was swarmed by a large crowd of Mongrel Mob members from a number of different chapters. Photo / Facebook
Te Mata Peak was swarmed by a large crowd of Mongrel Mob members from a number of different chapters. Photo / Facebook

He said the timing of the ceremony was chosen because there were members who had to get to work later in the day.

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