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Greetings everyone, You are invited to join this spectacular walk with stunning views of Waihi and surrounding bays, for the brave souls-a swim could be an option also :))) This hike is suitable for Intermediate level hikers, who can hike at a medium pace and complete this hike within 6-7 hrs. Plan for the day: 8 AM: Everyone to meet outside Birdcage cafe to meet and greet and organize car pooling. 10.45 AM: The whole group to meet at the car park, at Waihi Beach. Introductions, briefing, photo. 11 AM: Start the hike. 3-4 PM: Stop for an afternoon break, have snacks, rest for 30 min, probably at Homunga Bay, which will also be our turn around point. 6-7 PM: Complete the hike, return back to the car park. 10 PM: Estimated time to arrive back to Auckland, CBD. What to bring: 2 LT of water, plenty of snacks such as nuts, energy/muesli bars, fruits, dried fruits, and what ever else you feel will keep you going. First aid items, camera, waterproof jacket, warm clothes, change of clothes and shoes and hiking boots. If you require a ride, please also bring $30.00 to give to your driver. This needs to be paid at the start and paid in cash. Driving directions to the start of the hike: Getting there Orokawa Bay is located north of Waihi Beach, off State Highway 2 at the end of Waihi Beach road. The track starts at the northern end of Waihi Beach. https://www.google.com/maps/dir/The+Birdcage+Tavern,+Franklin+Road,+Freemans+Bay,+Auckland/The+Esplanade,+Waihi+Beach+3611/@-37.1823099,174.7849177,9z/am=t/data=!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x6d0d47f2b03a5025:0x7454576a97989ddb!2m2!1d174.7530556!2d-36.8486111!1m5!1m1!1s0x6d6df2a8308b63a3:0xdbd255e9fa806252!2m2!1d175.9379703!2d-37.3974145!3e0 You might want to check this out too: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/bay-of-plenty/places/orokawa-scenic-reserve/things-to-do/orokawa-scenic-reserve-short-walking-tracks/ Please remember that your safety is your responsibility. I will be available for guidance and support, you have to take responsibility for yourself and your belongings. See you then :)))) Kristina.
This is to confirm interest and additional details will follow. Option to walk 1, 2 or all 3 walks. Only those with confirmed hut and campsite bookings will be moved to the going list when these will be posted as separate events. Please join only if you are fit and experienced in multi-day hiking. Key deadlines: • Book Heapy Great Walk on DOC site – 9 Jun • Book Paparoa Great Walk – 10 Jun • Book Old Ghost Road – After both above Basic details: 27 Dec: Reach Nelson 28 Dec: Hike 1- Heaphy Great Walk. 9am shuttle to Brown Hut carpark. Hike 17.5 kms taking 5 hours to Perry Saddle Hut. 29 Dec: Perry Saddle Hut to James Mackay Hut. 24.2 kms taking 7 hrs. 30 Dec: James Mackay Hut to Heaphy Hut. 20.5 kms, 6 hrs 31 Dec: Heaphy Hut to Kohaihai carpark. 16.2 kms, 5 hrs. Take 12.50pm shuttle to Westport. 1 Jan: Rest - Westport 2 Jan: Hike 2 - Paparoa Great Walk. Shutle to Smoke-ho carpark. Hike 20 kms taking 8 hours to Moonlight Tops Hut 3 Jan: Moonlight Tops to Pororai Hut. 19.1 kms, 6 hrs 4 Jan: Pororai to Pororai River carpark. 16 kms, 5 hrs 5 Jan: Rest – Westport 6 Jan: Hike 3 – Old Ghost Road. Shuttle from Westport to Lyell carpark. Hike to Lyell Saddle Hut. 18 kms, 5 hrs 7 Jan: Lyell Saddle to Stern Valley Hut. 25 kms, 7 hrs 8 Jan: Stern Valley to Specimen Point Hut. 25 kms, 8 hrs 9 Jan: Specimen Point to Welcome Bay, Seddonville hiking 17 kms for 5 hrs. Shuttle to Westport or Nelson…TBA Hut bookings: 28 Dec: Perry Saddle Hut (Heaphy track) 29 Dec: James Mackay Hut (Heaphy track) 30 Dec: Heaphy Hut (Heaphy track) 2 Jan: Moonlight Tops Hut (Paparoa track) 3 Jan: Pororai Hut (Paparoa track) 6 Jan: Lyell Saddle Hut (Old Ghost Road) 7 Jan: Stern Valley Hut (Old Ghost Road) 8 Jan: Specimen Point Hut (Old Ghost Road) Indication on costs: • Return flights to Nelson • Heaphy huts: $34 x 3 = $102 • Paparoa huts: $45 x 2 = $90 • Old Ghost huts: $150 • Westport accommodation between hikes • Transport: $500 indicative for the shuttles to and from the 3 hikes DOC pages for reference: Heaphy Track: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/nelson-tasman/places/kahurangi-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/heaphy-track/ Paparoa Track: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/paparoa-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/paparoa-track/ Old Ghost Road: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/west-coast/places/mokihinui-river-area/things-to-do/tracks/the-old-ghost-road/ Hiking NZ and/or the organiser work voluntarily and hold NO responsibility or liability for any injury or loss suffered during the events organized. By RSVP'ing to the events you are acknowledging that you are legal adults and have read the details thoroughly and are comfortable acknowledging that being outdoors involves inherent risk and the organiser is not liable for the same.
This is to confirm numbers for the hikes. Option to attend 1 or both walks. Please respond when you RSVP. Need to book Rakiura great walk huts/ campsite at your end for me to move to the going list. The bookings are open. No need to book Hump Ridge track as I can do a combined booking on 11 June. The 3 day loop Tuatapere Hump Ridge Track has been confirmed to be a Great Walk by 2022. Walk details as follows: • 29 Jan: Reach Invercargill. Night stay. • 30 Jan: Rarakau car park to Okaka Lodge (night stay), 22 kms, 7-9 hrs • 31 Jan: Okaka Lodge to Port Craig Lodge (night stay), 20 kms, 7-9 hrs • 1 Feb: Port Craig Lodge to Rarakau car park, 20 kms, 5-7 hrs. Night stay in Invercargill • 2 Feb: Visit Bluff and Bluff Hill. Night stay in Invercargill. This will be followed by Rakiura Great Walk in Stewart Island. This too is a 3 days walk. Details as follows: • 3 Feb: 15 mins flight from Invercargill to Stewart Island. Start Rakiura Great Walk. Lee Bay to Port William Hut, 8 kms, 3-4 hrs • 4 Feb: Port William Hut to North Arm Hut, 13 kms, 6 hrs • 5 Feb: North Arm Hut to Fern Gully car park, 11 kms, 4 ½ hrs • 6 – 7 Feb: Day hike, water activities…to be decided • 8 Feb: Fly Stewart Island to Invercargill and from Invercargill to Auckland • Option to return to Auckland a day earlier Indication on costs: • Return flights to Invercargill. • Invercargill night stays • Hump Ridge Lodges - $245 (hot breakfast included) • Car Rental – Cost share to be decided after numbers confirmed • Stewart Island return flights - $220 (incl Stewart Island visitors levy) • Stewart Island night stays FYI, I am booked on Air NZ 7.35pm flight on 29 Jan from Auckland to Invercargill and return on 12.05pm flight on 8 Feb. Reference: Hump Ridge: https://www.humpridgetrack.co.nz/ Rakiura: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/southland/places/stewart-island-rakiura/rakiura-national-park/things-to-do/rakiura-track/ Hiking NZ and/or the organiser work voluntarily and hold NO responsibility or liability for any injury or loss suffered during the events organized. By RSVP'ing to the events you are acknowledging that you are legal adults and have read the details thoroughly and are comfortable acknowledging that being outdoors involves inherent risk and the organiser is not liable for the same.