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Motutapu Island - Middle Loop

We are going to Motutapu Island to hike around the middle section of the island, and also visit the eastern end of Rangitoto Island. Highlights include 2 contrasting conjoint twin islands that are far from identical, beaches, great views of Hauraki Gulf, old military sites, historic baches, farm animals, and some areas of native bush. For a short period, Rangitoto ferries are going to Islington Bay giving us a great opportunity to hike around Motutapu from there.

Duration: About 6 hours on the island, including stops.
Difficulty: 3 on our 1-5 scale for day hikes. Easier than average in most respects - on walking tracks, grassy farmland, and beaches, with not a lot of climbing (max elevation 121m), and no significant technical difficulties, but longer distance and duration than usual pushes the whole route up to a 3 (average). Will be easier if choose not to do some optional sidetracks (can rest and wait for group).

Weather update (10pm Wed): Metservice forecast for North Shore on Sunday: "Fine. Westerlies. (sun symbol)". This hike will go ahead if showers are forecast but may be postponed if more rain is likely.

Meeting Place:
- Pier 2 Ferry Terminal, near west side of Ferry Building, Quay Street, Downtown. We will gather somewhere visible near the ticket booth before getting on ferry.
- We will land at Islington Bay.

Time Guideline:
- 09:00 - Good time to meet at Pier 2, meet and greet
- 09:15 - Ferry departs Auckland
- 09:25 - Ferry departs Devonport
- 10:00 - Approx arrive at Islington Bay, introductions, start hike
- 16:00 - Ferry departs Islington Bay
- 16:45 - Approx return to Auckland

Map:
- NZ topo online map of hike area

Hike Route Description:
The exact route may be decided to some extent on the day, depending on time and how we are feeling. Starting from Islington Bay on Rangitoto, the route may be as follows (looping clockwise):
- Walk to Motutapu Island via Causeway.
- W
alk Islington Bay Track via West Point, Pig Bay, to Administration Bay and probably continue on to Sandy Bay, and possibly further north if time permits.
- Head inland to Northern Junction and explore old military sites.
- Sidetrack down to Mullet Bay and back if time permits.
- Walk Rotary Centennial Walkway through bush and on road to Home Bay.
- Walk Motutapu Walkway via highest point back to Causeway.
- If time permits we can explore eastern parts of Rangitoto before get back on ferry at Islington Bay.

Bring:
- lunch and drink
- clothing suitable for spring
- footwear suitable for walking tracks, farmland, and coast.
- sun and rain protection
- torch for exploring military sites
- plastic bags for muddy boots
- first-aid items
- money ($27 ferry return to Islington Bay)

Notes:
(1) We have previously had a weekend trip to Motutapu (2 & 3 Apr 2011). This will be the first time we hike Islington Bay Track via West Point and the sidetrack to Mullet Bay. It will also be the first time we start from Islington Bay.
(2) Ferry leaves Auckland at 9:15am, and Devonport at 9:25am (if this suits you better). Best to arrive at least 15 minutes before ferry departs. Arriving early is good :-)
(3) We aim to hike as a group with stops for group to catch up at all track junctions, but there's no guarantee this will happen so prepare for this hike as best you can (study map, description, etc).
(4) We'll walk at a casual moderate pace that is comfortable for most people in the group, with stops at places of interest along the way, and one or two lunch stops, probably on beaches.
(5) Low tide is about 2:10pm.
(6) On this date we have options to ferry to Islington Bay or Home Bay and hike the same route from different starting points. Ferry to Islington Bay is a little cheaper, allows more time on islands, is a rarer opportunity, and this is where we are planning to start and finish.

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  • Christine

    Very good trip. Nice weather (though I felt a bit heated during the mid day), friendly grooup, beautiful view. Open air all the way, of course. I almost had enough deep breath for the whole week haha. Thank you again, Stephen, for organising !

    October 2, 2012

  • Max

    Great...

    October 1, 2012

  • Rhys

    A spectacular walk in the sunshine with a great bunch.

    October 1, 2012

  • Shelley

    Another fantastic hike around a beautiful island. I would definately recommend this hike.

    October 1, 2012

  • Brett C

    Awesome, stunning vista's, the coastline, the view from atop the hills. The history of the area's we hiked through.

    October 1, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very good

    October 1, 2012

  • Suzanne C.

    So lucky with the weather. The views were incredible and the historical sites interesting. So many interesting people to talk to along the way. Thanks again, Stephen

    October 1, 2012

  • Angel

    Some captured photos from the trip here http://360.io/3gTBJ2 and here http://occipital.com/user/f9d5-196255/angel-jaurigue ...others to follow :-)

    September 30, 2012

  • Angel

    Awesome Walk with an Awesome Group

    September 30, 2012

  • Olatz

    nice weather, beautiful places, awesome people, amazing day! ;-)

    September 30, 2012

  • Ina

    It was a great day on the island. Thanks Steven for organising.

    September 30, 2012

  • Richard D.

    Can't complain. Group walk is always fun and fine for me.

    September 30, 2012

  • Paul L

    Here comes the Sun

    September 30, 2012

  • Anastasia B.

    Hello Chistine and Hilda, i just join this group too and i will be taking the ferry from Devenport. So we can keep company to eachother :-)... My cell[masked] 423. I will be at the ferry terminal abuot 8.45am. C u Ladies

    September 29, 2012

    • Richard D.

      I'll meet you folks at Devonport as well. mob is 021368761. See y'all tomorrow.

      September 29, 2012

    • Anastasia B.

      Great!

      September 29, 2012

  • Christine

    Hi. Anyone take the ferry Devonport? It would be better to get into contact from departure. My cell: 021 1237407.
    Also, Stephen and Josie. How can I contact you in case I cannot find the group when I arrive at Islington Bay? Thank you. Christine

    September 28, 2012

    • Stephen

      Hi Christine, a few people are taking ferry from Devonport. When we get off ferry at Islington Bay, we'll gather somewhere visible near the wharf for introductions before we start hike. It will be hard to miss us :-) ... I will send update e-mail with more details this evening after I return from today

      September 29, 2012

    • Christine

      Thank you very much, Stephen. See you.

      September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Contact me at[masked] if anybody from east like to carpool.

    September 29, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody going to East? we can carpool as finding full day parking in city will be hard.

    September 29, 2012

  • Ina

    PS: don't forget about daylight saving tomorow morning ;-)

    September 29, 2012

  • Ina

    If you buy your ticket online (Saver seats) you save $7 - ticket same day return is only $20 to Rangitoto (as they doing works on the Rangitoto wharf they only use Islington Bay at the moment anyway)
    see Fullers website: http://www.fullers.co.nz/destinations-tours/rangitoto-island.php for Saver seats tickets

    September 29, 2012

  • Shelley

    For anyone who needs a car park downtown, there is FREE PARKING on Sunday's and Public Holiday's at the very end of Sale Street. It has space for about 20 cars and is a city council carpark. It is only a 10 minute easy walk to the Ferry Terminal from here. We have used this carpark overnight when camping on Motuihe Island all weekend, as it only costs $4.00 from Saturday morning for 8 hours and then after 6pm it is free until 7:00am Monday morning.

    September 29, 2012

  • Stephen

    Note, although we are hiking around Motutapu Island, we'll be getting ferry to Rangitoto which is going to Islington Bay (right next to Motutapu). This is cheaper ($27) than ferry to Home Bay on Motutapu, and will allow us to spend more time on islands. The ferry to Motutapu is leaving at same time. I think it is the same ferry and there may be a transfer at Islington Bay to Motutapu. When buying tickets, ask for Islington Bay on Rangitoto :-)

    September 29, 2012

  • Josie

    Will, I've used the car park near the thermal pools in the past, was okay by memory.

    September 28, 2012

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