Waiopehu Hut After waiting for a Weather window in Otaki for 3 days in relative luxury on day 74 I was back on the Trail. Instead of walking up the Gable End ridge to Te Matawai Hut I chose to take the Waiopehu ridge knowing i had to wait out another day for the weather... Continue Reading →
Day 67-70: Whanganui to Makahika
Leaving Whanganui was hard as the river holiday park was a great place to chill out with its games arcade and heated swimming pool, during the walk into town i really didn't want another long beach walk that seemed to be the long way round so on the move I booked a bus to Bulls... Continue Reading →
Days 61-66: Taumarunui to Whanganui.
E rere kau mai te AwanuiMai i te Kahui Maunga ki TangaroaKo au te Awa, ko te Awa ko au. We started the river journey at Ohinepani, the previous afternoon we had taken the boat out for a paddle from the campground in Marunui with the intention of paddling a small section into Taumarunui about... Continue Reading →
DAYS 51-60: Te Kuiti to Taumarunui
7 days walk then 3 days rest. The trail from Te Kuiti follows the Mangaokewa stream for almost 2 days through bush and limestone cliffs then along a farm road and then highway linking to Pureora and the Timber Trail. The Mangaokewa river trail was great,a little challenging with a fragile track and a little... Continue Reading →
DAYS 44-50: Hamilton to Te Kuiti
That looks like quite a climb. I took an extra day in Hamilton to rest the knees, the walk through the farms had pretty much turned them to jelly with the hard uneven ground. The walk to Whatawhata passed through the Taitua Arboretum a great collection of trees and roosters. From Whatawhata the trail followed... Continue Reading →
Days 39 to 44: Ramarama to Hamilton.
Pukeko and chicks From the campground in Ramarama it was onto Mercer and the wak up the Waikato river to Hamilton 4 days of roads and rough tracks through farmlands and along stop banks that were hard to follow. Many TA walkers skip this section, it was good to do though punishing on the body,... Continue Reading →
Days 33-38 Warkworth to Ramarama
Holiday weekends and crazy traffic, rejoining the track from Warkworth was no easy feat which rubbed salt into the rugby wounds but eventually I made it, but it ment a detour and road walk missing a small section of trail .Although the tides weren't in my favour for the paddle from Puhoi they were perfect... Continue Reading →
Days 26-32: Ruakaka -Warkworth.
Pakiri beach estuary From Ruakaka it was a nice walk down the beach accompanied by the Bream Bay school fun run crowd and on to Waipu Cove for the next set of rugby quarter finals. I took the Waipu coastal track round to Laing beach the inland to the start of the Mangawhai heads track... Continue Reading →
Day 22-25: Whananaki to Ruakaka Beach.
Tent site Ruakaka Beach. Today's walk from behind the top right peak. A day off to freshen up in Whananaki then across the school footbridge then through some coastal farm and bush with plenty of little bays and some of the largest Pohutakawa before entering a track taking you past Tane Moana one of the... Continue Reading →
Days 14-21: Kerikeri to Whananaki.
2 days off in Kerikeri to rest and dry out then out onto the trail again. From Kerikeri I followed a forestry trail through to Waitangi and Paihia, this is the first commercial forest I've had to walk through, a few wild pigs wandering round but not much life. Paihia was a nice little place,... Continue Reading →