What we're about

"Hiking Aotearoa" is for people who love the outdoors. We go hiking, walking, mountaineering, camping, skiing, kayaking, rafting and rock climbing etc. We love meeting new people so come join us in the great outdoors of New Zealand (Aotearoa).

The majority of our events are day hikes in bush (forest), parks, streams, urban walks and along the coast in the Auckland region. We also venture further afield on weekend camping or lodge trips, especially in summer, and also we have multi-day hikes through out New Zealand (Aotearoa).

Our hikes vary in difficulty, some do not require any previous experience, some are more challenging. You can learn all about climbing/alpine activities with our experienced organisers. This is a great opportunity to see/photograph some of the most amazing landscapes New Zealand (Aoteaora) has to offer.

Safety of the group is of utmost importance to us. All our organisers have many years of experience and carry walkie talkies and a PLB where necessary. Of course with nature, conditions can change quickly, and you must come prepared and always follow the organisers instructions.

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"Hiking Aotearoa" is a great way to see one of the world's best cities/countries. We look forward to meeting you.

Upcoming events (4+)

Torbay Hikes

Long Bay Regional Park

Hi Everyone
On Sunday we are going to walk from Long Bay up to East Coast Bay Road and return to Torbay, then walk along the coast past the island and back to Long Bay. A mixture of forest, city parks and coastal views.

Duration: About 4 hours hike including stops
Distance: Approx 14-16 km
Difficulty: Around 2.5 on our 1-5 scale for day hikes.

Toilets: Yes at the start and along the way.
After Hike: Speakers Corner Ale House - (Optional)

Most Important: Numbers will be restricted to 2 people as per govt. guideline.

Low Tide: 09:42

● Important Information:
We will be walking on city streets, take care and watch out for cars. Also you may get wet feet crossing the stream at Torbay. A reasonable sense of balance is required when walking on coastal rocks.

You can climb the island - at your own risk.

● First Timers:
Welcome to Hiking Aotearoa, we look forward to meeting you. We ask you to bring a gold coin donation to help pay for the website and the safety equipment used by the organisers.

Online Donations:[masked]

● PLEASE: No smoking, animals, children or guests.

● Health and Safety Information:
All Hiking Aotearoa organisers work on a strictly voluntary basis and hold NO responsibility or liability for any injury, or loss suffered during the events organised. Each person who participates accepts responsibility for making their own determinations and for their own safety, conduct and well being; recognising that there are hazards in attending group and outdoor activities and agrees to participate solely at their own risk.

● Preparation is the key to having a good day:
- Check the weather - do you have the correct clothing and shoes?
- Do you know where the meeting places are?
- Prepare everything you need to bring. New World opens 06:30

● Meeting Places:
- Long Bay - 2nd car park on the right - by toilets
- Torbay for Ice Creams - (Optional)

● Carpooling:
No car pooling will be organised for this event

● Time Guideline:
- 09:00 - All Long Bay Regional Park (2nd car park on right by the toilets)

- 09:10 - Hike Starts.
- 14:00 - Hike finishes (approx

- 14:20 - 15:20 - Torbay for Ice Creams - (Optional)
- 16:00 - Home

● Drivers Maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/rAMc7ncuZDPSieJAA

● More Information:
https://www.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/parkmaps/map-long-bay-regional-park.pdf

● Hike Description & Directions:
We will do this in reverse as low tide is in the morning.

Starting from Long Bay we will start walking up the hill thru parks and streets to Awaruka Reserve. From here we make our way to Glenvar Road and enter the parks with no name on to Kate Shepard Ave and onto Recreation Reserve. Down Danbury Drive and Glamorgan Drive onto Aicken Reserve and the beach. We cross the river and follow the coast line to Winstone's Cove and then along the roads back to Long Bay

● The Best Photo:
The best photo of the day will posted on our Instagram Account @hikingaotearoa - Check it out and follow us.

● Bring:
- lunch and drink
- clothing suitable for the season conditions
- footwear suitable for bush tracks and coastal rocks.
- sun and emergency rain protection
- plastic bags for muddy footwear
- first-aid items.

● Biosecurity Information:
- To help avoid dirtying someone else's car (if you are a carpool passenger; please bring a plastic bag and extra footwear for after the hike).
All food should be packed in sealed rodent proof containers.

● Notes:
We aim to leave New World on time and start the hike exactly on time, and we will NOT be waiting for late people.
It is safer and generally more fun to hike together as a group. We aim to do this with stops at all track junctions for group to regather.

● RSVP:
If you are unable to come please change your RSVP status before Sunday morning.

See you on Sunday - Chris

Central Kaimai ranges - 1 night (Part 2)

New World Victoria Park

A$30.00

On the 6th and 7th of November (Saturday and Sunday) we are going to complete two different hikes. This is the second part of a 4 part series of hikes in the central Kaimai ranges. On Saturday we will hike to Orokawa Bay, and then to Waihi Beach trig point, followed by on Sunday, Sentinel Rock, Motutapere hut, Mt Kakariki and then loop back. From Sentinel Rock to the Kaimai Ridge is only rough unofficial track, so be prepared for challenging hiking. If you think you are slow please do not RSVP, otherwise you will inconvenience others in the group. We plan to arrive on Saturday morning, and we will stay at Sapphire Springs Holiday Park on Saturday night. In my opinion this is the most spectacular out of the central Kaimai series of hikes.

❌❗ Preference given to regulars and those who are not slow. Just because you are on the top of the "Waiting list" does not necessarily mean you will get to the "Going List".

🚩Summary of details:
📌Duration: Whole trip is 2 days & 1 night
📌Saturday : 3 hours (9km)
📌Sunday : 5 to 6 hours (15km)
📌Difficulty: On our 1-5 scale,
3.0 Saturday
3.5 Sunday
📌Maximum of 23 people
📌Map of Saturday hike: https://bit.ly/3flM00r
📌Map of Sunday hike: https://bit.ly/3fapuHu

🚩These are the 4 important stopping points to note:

👉1) Esplande, Waihi Beach
(Where we first meet & start the Orokawa Bay loop track)
https://bit.ly/3uFA3sU

👉2) Sapphire Springs Holiday Park, 274 Hot Springs Rd,
Where we stay on Saturday night
https://bit.ly/3xXgyxL

👉3) Tuahu track car park (Road end car park)
Where we start the Sentinel Rock - Tuahu track loop
https://bit.ly/3eymyFB

👉4) RSA & Citizens club, Cnr Henry Rd & Main Road, Katikati
(Where we have optional dinner on Saturday night)
https://bit.ly/3wQqGHP

Road map over entire weekend: https://bit.ly/3hfxmue

🚩Time Guideline:
(Guide only):
📌Saturday:
08:30 Approx leave Auckland from pre-arranged departure point
10:30 Approx arrive at The Esplande, Waihi Beach car park
10:40 Group photos and introductions
10:50 Start Orokawa Bay loop track
13:50 Finish hike
14:00 Drive to Sapphire Springs holiday Park
14:30 Arrive and check in
15:00 Optional Swim in hot pool or just chill
17:06 Sunset
18:15 Optional dinner at RSA in Katikati

📌Sunday:
07:32 Sunrise
08:00 Leave Holiday Park
08:10 Arrive at beginning of Tuahu track
08:20 Start hike
15:20 Arrive back at car park
15:30 Approx drive back to Auckland
17:05 Sunset
18:00 Approx back in Auckland

🚩 Costs:
$40 if carpool passenger (based on 10 cents/km)
$30,$33 or $44 for 1 night accommodation
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$70, $73 or $84 (more if buying food and drinks)

🚩Accommodation:
We will stay one night at Sapphire Springs Holiday Park.
Accommodation is either :
📌1) Bungalow: 15 people - There are 5 rooms, and there is a mixture of 8 bunk beds, 1 single, 2 Queens, and 1 Double. Two people will need to sleep on the floor. Cost is $30 each.
📌2) 2 Motel units: 4 people each - One room has a Queen sized bed and the other room has two singles - $44 each. The 4th person will have to sleep on the floor. Cost is $33 each

❌❗ Please don't rsvp if you plan to stay elsewhere.

📌More details:
Sapphire Springs camp ground & hot pools: https://www.sapphiresprings.nz/

🚩Check list of Gear: https://bit.ly/33EFood

❌❗ As with all communal sleeping, please keep noise to a minimum for those who like to sleep early or get up late.

🚩 Payment: You will need to pay for accommodation by 10th Sept. If payment is not paid by the date given, then someone else from the waiting list will take your place. Payment can be made into ANZ Bank account number:[masked]. Please write your reference name that's the same as your Meetup name, so I can identify you.

🍔🍗🍷 Optional dinner Saturday night: RSA in Katikati.
Menu: https://bit.ly/35MVFbG

🚩Please answer the 5 RSVP questions:
https://bit.ly/3b91MKM

Mangere Mountain

New World Victoria Park

Hi Everyone
On Sunday we are going to walk from Ambury Farm to Mangere Mountain and return via Moyes Park and Greenwoods Road Park. A mixture of farmland, mountain views and city streets.

Duration: About 4 hours hike including stops
Distance: Approx 13-16 km
Difficulty: Around 2.25 on our 1-5 scale for day hikes.

Toilets: Yes at the start and along the way.
After Hike: Villa Maria Wine Estate - (Optional)
Cost $5 for Carpoolers

Elevation: 100 meters (1/2 of Rangitoto Island)

● First Timers:
Welcome to Hiking Aotearoa, we look forward to meeting you. We ask you to bring a gold coin donation to help pay for the website and the safety equipment used by the organisers.

Online Donations:[masked]

● PLEASE: No smoking, animals, children or guests.

● Health and Safety Information:
All Hiking Aotearoa organisers work on a strictly voluntary basis and hold NO responsibility or liability for any injury, or loss suffered during the events organised. Each person who participates accepts responsibility for making their own determinations and for their own safety, conduct and well being; recognising that there are hazards in attending group and outdoor activities and agrees to participate solely at their own risk.

● Preparation is the key to having a good day:
- Check the weather - do you have the correct clothing and shoes?
- Do you know where the meeting places are?
- Prepare everything you need to bring.

● Meeting Places:
- New World Victoria Park (Scotland Street) for car pooling
- Ambury Farm - By the toilets
- Villa Maria Estate - 118 Montgomerie Road, Māngere - (Optional)

● Carpooling:
- Carpooling will be arranged for everyone meeting at New World. If you need a ride from New World there's no need to arrange this in advance. Just ANSWER the RSVP question.

● Time Guideline:
- 08:15 - Good Time to arrive New World
- 08:30 - Carpooling will be organised
- 09:10 - All arrive Ambury Farm

- 09:15 - Hike Starts.

- 14:30 - Hike finishes (approx
- 15:00 - 16:00 Villa Maria Estate - (Optional)
- 16:30 - Back at New World

● Drivers Maps:
https://goo.gl/maps/vZwfHEUnrBDP9ncaA

● Hike Description & Directions:
Starting from Ambury Farm we will walk up to the top of Mangere Mountain, onto Tararata Reserve, Moyle Park, Greenwoods Road Park and back onto the Ambury Farm Walkway. If time we will revisit Puketutu Island for an explore.

● The Best Photo:
The best photo of the day will posted on our Instagram Account @hikingaotearoa - Check it out and follow us.

● Bring:
- lunch and drink
- clothing suitable for the season conditions
- footwear suitable for sand dunes and marshes.
- sun and emergency rain protection
- plastic bags for muddy footwear
- first-aid items.

● Biosecurity Information:
- To help prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease all shoes must be free of soil and seeds. (we'll also use any footwear cleaning stations provided along the way);
- To help avoid dirtying someone else's car (if you are a carpool passenger; please bring a plastic bag and extra footwear for after the hike).
All food should be packed in sealed rodent proof containers.

● Notes:
We aim to leave New World on time and start the hike exactly on time, and we will NOT be waiting for late people.
It is safer and generally more fun to hike together as a group. We aim to do this with stops at all track junctions for group to regather.

● RSVP:
If you are unable to come please change your RSVP status before Sunday morning to allow others the chance to come along.

See you on Sunday - Chris

Te Arai to Mangawhai Heads

New World Victoria Park

Greetings Everyone - On Sunday we are going to walk from the beautiful Te Arai Beach Reserve along the white sands to Mangawhai Haeds. With a stop to climb a sand dune and get some great views
Duration: About 4-5 hours hike including stops.
Distance: Approx 15-17 km.
Difficulty: 2.5 on our 1-5 scale for day hikes.

High Tide: 16:32

Cost: $25 for Carpoolers
Toilets: At the start.

After Hike: Mangawhai Tavern- (Optional)

● First Timers & Regulars:
Welcome First Timers to Hiking Aotearoa, we look forward to meeting you. We ask Everyone to bring a gold coin donation to help pay for the website and more safety equipment for the group.

For those wishing to donate directly this is the bank account:[masked] - Many thanks

● PLEASE: No smoking, animals, children or guests.

● Important Notes:
There is little protection on this hike from the sun, rain or wind. Come prepared for all weather conditions. You may need to get wet feet crossing the stream.

● The Best Photo:
The best photo of the day will posted on our Instagram Account @hikingaotearoa

● Health and Safety Information:
All Hiking Aotearoa organisers work on a strictly voluntary basis and hold NO responsibility or liability for any injury, or loss suffered during the events organised. Each person who participates accepts responsibility for making their own determinations and for their own safety, conduct and well being; recognising that there are hazards in attending group and outdoor activities and agrees to participate solely at their own risk.

● Preparation is the key to having a good day:
- Check the weather - do you have the correct clothing and shoes?.
- Do you know where the meeting places are?
- Prepare everything you need to bring. New World opens at 06:30

● Meeting Places:
- New World Victoria Park for car pooling
- Direct Drivers - Riverside Holiday Park - 42 Black Swamp Road. park outside with care and consideration for other drivers.

- New World Drivers -Te Arai Beach Reserve - Te Arai Point Road - by the toilets.
- Mangawhai Tavern - 2 Moir Street - (Optional).

● Carpooling:
- Carpooling will be arranged for everyone meeting at New World.
Just ANSWER the RSVP question. Do not mention in the comments section.

● Time Guideline:
- 08:15 - A good time to arrive at New World
- 08:30 - Car Pooling will be organised
- 09:30 - Direct Drivers arrive Riverside Holiday Park for car shuttle to the start.
- 10:00 - Everyone arrives Te Arai Bech Reserve

- 10:10 - Introductions and hike starts
- 15:30 - Hike finishes (approx).and car pickup organised.
- 16:00 - 17:00 - Mangawhai Tavern - (Optional)
- 18:45 - Arrive back at New World (approx)

● Maps and More Information:

● Hike Description & Directions:
We will check out the Te Arai Lagoon before starting the beach walk. We follow the beach with a side trip to the sand dune to the river entrance. Then we walk alongside the river till we get to the Riverside Holiday Park

● Driving Map
https://goo.gl/maps/sAMX2c3ipfQCts7p6

● Bring:
- lunch and drink
- clothing suitable for Spring/Summer season
- footwear suitable for mud and coastline.
- sun and emergency rain protection
- plastic bags for muddy footwear
- Swimming is an option - Take care.
- first-aid items.

● Biosecurity Information:
- To help prevent the spread of Kauri Dieback disease all shoes must be free of soil and seeds. (we'll also use any footwear cleaning stations provided along the way).

Please bring ALL your rubbish home with you. Do not feed the rats with your apples and bananas.

● Notes:
It is safer and generally more fun to hike together as a group. We aim to do this with stops at all track junctions for group to regather.

● RSVP:
If you are unable to come please change your RSVP status. Let someone else attend.

See you on Sunday - Chris

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