What we're about

Hi, we are a social hiking group with opportunities to meet and talk with people from near and far while hiking, exploring, and appreciating our wonderful scenic nature .

The majority of our events are day hikes in forests, parks, streams, and along coastlines in and around the Auckland region. We also venture further afield on weekend camping trips, especially in summer, and sometimes we have multi-day hikes.

Our hikes vary in difficulty. Some don't require any previous hiking experience, some are more challenging. We hike as a group, usually at a median pace that is most natural and comfortable for middle of group, and we stop at track junctions and places of interest along the way.

We carpool to most hike locations from Victoria Park New World.

We began in 2003 as a group of friends who like to hike with people, and we have been on Meetup since 2006. Membership is free. We don't have event fees or ask for donations. (Carpool passengers give specified amount to driver; some events may have 3rd party costs, eg, for accommodation.)

If you have any questions or suggestions, you can message Stephen (https://www.meetup.com/auckland-hiking/members/7405475/) :-)

Upcoming events (5)

Pylon Peak Loop _ Kaimais

Victoria Park New World

Greetings everyone. As some of you may already know, I am leaving Auckland and this will be the last event I’m going to host and possibly attend for the next few months. This will be a good chance to catch up and say goodbye :) The uphill section of this hike is steep and the first half of this hike is over rugged and uneven trails and could be slippery and muddy. This hike is not suitable for beginners and first-timers. regular hikers will do just fine, though. A good level of fitness is required to finish this hike. This hike is rated at a level 4 on our 1-5 scale. I am hoping to complete this hike in a more relaxed way and have a couple of more and a bit longer breaks than usual in order to catch up with friends. So this will be a bit different from my usual events. I’m asking our super fast members to be patient and not run ahead of the group or give this trip a miss if they don’t feel comfortable with this arrangement :) Estimated distance: 14.5 km Estimated total ascent: 1100 m Pace: Medium Toilets are available at the carpark. Trail details (please see trail map and elevation profile provided in the photos section). We’ll start at Waiorongomai Valley carpark and take the steady and steep uphill on the Pylon Peak track. There will be a stream crossing at the very first few minutes of the hike. It might be possible to rock-hop to cross it, but there is a very good chance to get our feet wet. After a well-deserved break at the top, we’ll take the left turn and enter the dense bush towards Pukekohatu Peak. It is essential for the group to stay together in this section as track markers might be a bit difficult to spot. We will carry on towards Te Aroha Link Track, head down towards the high-level track junction, and finally, take the pleasant and beautiful Buck Rock Track towards the carpark. MEETING PLACES: ➤ Victoria Park New World is our first meeting place for carpooling. We'll gather below the steps outside the main Scotland Street entrance on the sharp corner with College Hill. (If you haven't met us there before you can read more details here: http://www.meetup.com/auckland-hiking/pages/Meeting_at_Victoria_Park_New_World) ➤All cars at Waiorongomai Valley carpark at 11:00 am. We’ll gather in the open area next to the toilets. https://goo.gl/maps/vkVrKhDrZSmR6diT7 TRANSPORT AND CARPOOLING: - Carpooling will be arranged at 9:00 am at New World (when everyone has arrived there; no need to arrange this in advance) - More details about carpooling can be read here: http://www.meetup.com/auckland-hiking/pages/Transport_and_Carpooling - Each carpool passenger from New World needs to give $25 to the driver - you are asked to give this at the start of the trip (bring exact amount of cash). TIME GUIDELINE: If meeting at New World: - 08:45 - Good time to arrive at New World, meet & greet - 09:00 - Latest time to arrive at New World, arrange carpooling - 11:00 - All cars at Waiorongomai Valley carpark - 11:15 - Approx introductions and start hike - 18:30 - Approx end hike - 20:30 - Approx return to the city BRING: - Drinking water - Lunch + extra snack food - Footwear suitable for tramping tracks - Clothing suitable for the season - Sun & rain protection - Bags for wet and dirty footwear & clothing - Clean clothing & footwear to change into after the hike - First-aid items (at least for cuts and scratches) - Cash ($25 if carpool passenger; optional extra for refreshments) RSVP QUESTIONS: Where will you first meet us? -- (A) New World: have transport, can offer rides -- (B) New World: prefer to be a passenger, but can offer rides if needed -- (C) New World: need a ride -- (D) Drive directly to Waiorongomai Valley Should you choose to join this event, your safety will be your own responsibility. See you soon, Kaveh .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Kaimanawa Forest _ 4D 3N

Love Taupo

Given the uncertainties around planning trips and gatherings at this time, the following descriptions are considered as a placeholder to keep members informed about AHG plans. RSVPs will open 4-5 weeks prior to the actual date of the trip and decisions will be made based on the situation at the time. This is to allow enough time for members to get leave from their workplace. This trip will go ahead if gatherings and health rules and regulations allow it. The comments section of the event is open for communications, questions, and sharing opinions. Greetings everyone. Here is our 4-day 3-night hiking plan for a loop in Kaimanawa Forest. This will be a great backcountry experience. Before deciding to join us, please make sure you are okay with the following: ******** One of the huts we are planning to stay in has only got 6 bunks. The other two huts are larger but quite popular with hunters and trampers. Furthermore, none of the huts could be booked in advance. So, for one night or more, some people will need to sleep on the floor or tent outside if there is not enough space inside the hut. In order to make sure no one is tempted to run ahead of the group in the hope of claiming a bunk for themselves, we will draw straws for the available bunks at each hut. There will be absolutely no reward for getting to the huts earlier than the group. You MUST agree to this arrangement in order to remain on the list and join this trip ******** In order to attend this trip, it is essential to provide clear answers to RSVP questions. This will include providing your mobile phone number and stating that you agree with the abovementioned condition. Carrying a personal tent is a very good practice and highly recommended. One other option would be splitting the parts of a 2-3 person tent amongst yourselves and helping each other in carrying and pitching the tent so each person could carry a lighter pack and increase your chances of having a good night’s sleep if you draw a short straw or if there is no room left at the huts. Considering the distance we are about to cover each day and the weight of the backpack required for a 4-day hike, this trip is rated as a level 4.5 on our 1-5 scale of difficulty. A good backcountry experience, navigation skills and a very good level of fitness and stamina is required. All trails for this hike are marked, and we will stick to DOC trails. However, there are places (Day 3) where the DOC mentions having a map and a compass essential, and GPS is highly recommended. I will be carrying two GPS enabled devices, and you are strongly suggested to be equipped as well. The group MUST stick together throughout all days for supporting each other and making sure no one is left alone in the forest. Running ahead of the group on these sections is not acceptable. If you are not sure about being able to keep up with the group, please contact me so we could discuss a bit before signing up. There are a few stream/river crossings on this trip. So, getting wet feet could not be avoided. Trip details are as follows: Day 1: Te Iringa Campsite to Oamaru Hut All cars at “LoveTaupo” site at 11:00 am for a short break, meet and greet. https://g.page/lovetaupo?share We’ll drive out as a convoy no later than 11:20 towards Te Iringa campsite on Clements Mill Road: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/kaimanawa-forest-park/things-to-do/campsites/te-iringa-campsite/ https://goo.gl/maps/zmYvjivoPYhKNrGV8 Drop off all passengers and drivers will arrange a car suttling to the location of the end of the hike which is Clements Roadend Campsite. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/kaimanawa-forest-park/things-to-do/campsites/clements-road-end-campsite/ https://goo.gl/maps/CFyqfBjoMfhSURKK9 We will start our hike towards Oamaru Hut via Te Iringa as soon as drivers arrive back at Te Iringa campsite. A rough estimation is to start at around 1:00 PM. Te Iringa Track leaves from the car park. It climbs to a clearing where the Te Iringa Hut used to be (1-2 hours), then skirts around Mt Te Iringa (1241 m), before dropping down to the Tikitiki Stream/Kaipo River junction where the track forks at a swingbridge. Take the main track straight ahead and follow the true right of the Kaipo River down to Oamaru Hut, situated near the confluence of the Kaipo and Oamaru rivers. Note, Te Iringa Hut has burnt down and will not be replaced. It may show on older maps. Be aware, mountain bikes are also permitted on this track. Estimated distance: 20 km Estimated total ascent: 1020 m Estimated time: 6 - 8 hours including stops Oamaru hut has got 12 bunks. Please see the official hut page for more information: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/kaimanawa-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/oamaru-hut/ A $5 blue hut pass is required for staying at this hut for one night. Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/Z5ganGdstjMVowqOOzTdoN99 Day 2: Oamaru Hut to Boyd Hut. Not too early, but a reasonably early morning start for having a pleasant day. From Oamaru Hut the track follows the true left bank of the Oamaru River before crossing the headwaters and following the Waitawhero Stream up to a saddle. At this point, the track emerges at the forest edge of the upper Ngaruroro. Across the valley, the Boyd airstrip can be seen. Boyd Hut is obscured by the beech forest behind the airstrip. Estimated distance: 16 km Estimated total ascent: 650 m Estimated time: 5 - 7 hours including stops Boyd hut has got 16 bunks. Please see the official hut page for more information: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/kaimanawa-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/boyd-hut/ A $15 Green hut pass is required for staying at this hut for one night. Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/q6bIDXuBJNVwat4TL40tUfno Day 3: Boyd Hut to Cascade Hut via Maungaorangi Early morning start for the long hiking day ahead. This will be the most difficult day of this trip. This strenuous track from Boyd Hut follows the track over Waitawhero Saddle towards Oamaru Hut. Near the confluence of the Waitawhero and Oamaru streams the route turns left onto a long, steep ridge up Maungaorangi. On the tops, the route is marked with poles. It then descends to Te Waiotupuritia Saddle and on down to Cascade Hut. A map and compass are essential. GPS recommended. Estimated distance: 20 km Estimated total ascent: 1200 m Estimated time: 9 - 11 hours including stops Boys hut has got 6 bunks. Please see the official hut page for more information: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/kaimanawa-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/cascade-hut/ A $5 blue hut pass is required for staying at this hut for one night. Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/RaHIONf4o3dYWxup9WH6Zggg Day 4: Cascade Hut to Clements Roadend Campsite Early start. This is our Shortest distance to hike, and our packs are also the lightest after 3 days in the forest. We’ll start hiking on Hinemaiaia Track towards Clements Roadend Campsite where we’ll have left most of the cars and drive off back to Auckland. We will visit the “Mysterious“ Kaimanawa Wall on the way. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vP3hZrbVdd8 https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-oceania/kaimanawa-wall-new-zealand-00153 Estimated distance: 11 km Estimated total ascent: 670 m Estimated time: 3 - 4 hours including stops Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/CEBUx01l170FiHX1WVT1ET5c Must have: - Map/compass and/or GPS devices. Please see the description for details. - A backpack that is suitable for the multi-day tramp. - A liner inside your backpack. This is in order to weatherproof your belongings. This should be one or more sturdy layers. It doesn’t matter if you are going to use thick rubbish bags or fancy liners. - Layers to protect you against the weather. -Please bring a few candles. Everyone contributing to this will give the whole group a much better experience at the huts. - A headlamp, or torch and extra batteries. - A sleeping bag - A tent or similar sort of shelter - Hut passes. Please see the above descriptions for details. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/stay-in-a-hut/booking-and-paying/ Bring at your discretion : - Food for the whole length of the trip - A sleeping mat - Water and water filters or disinfectant tablets for refilling at the huts or streams - Footwear suitable for tramping tracks - Clothing suitable for the season. I will post more detailed weather forecasts as we get closer to the day of our trip. - Sun & rain protection. - Clean clothing & footwear to change into after the hike - First-aid items - Cash for refreshments on the road ...............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Tongariro Northern Circuit in One Day --HARD--

Whakapapa Holiday Park

Given the uncertainties around planning trips and gatherings at this time, the following descriptions are considered as a placeholder to keep members informed about AHG plans. RSVPs will open 4-5 weeks prior to the actual date of the trip and decisions will be made based on the situation at the time. This trip will go ahead if gatherings and health rules and regulations allow it. The comments section of the event is open for communications, questions, and sharing opinions. Attention: Not providing answers to ALL RSVP questions will lead to the removal of your name from the list. RSVPing to this event does not guarantee your attendance. I might have questions for you to answer in order to feel safe to have you on this hike. Please be proactive in communicating with me. Not providing quick, clear, and effective responses to my messages will lead to the removal of your name from the list. This is our third year in a row to take up this challenge. This hike does not fit into our 1-5 scale for difficulty. Detailed recordings for the last two times are available below: Dec 2018: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/pXZ2ElVkwKDh80UPBbOsRHQi Dec 2019: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/HjTXWMnx1a0ezhY8VxLRYzY2 This hike is extremely challenging, demanding, tiring, tough and long. You should be fit and have very good stamina and endurance. You are expected to be able to walk with the group at a medium pace (Ave. 3.5 km/h) for at least 15 hours (maybe more). Resting stops will be relatively short. Pulling off this event is quite complicated from the organizing and execution point of view, so by attending this hike, you agree to be very patient and walk with the main body of the group for the whole day. You agree to comply with all instructions throughout the trip. You will not run ahead of the leader or fall behind the back-end marker. You understand that we’ll start hiking before sunrise and there is a good chance that we end up walking after sunset. To put things in perspective, doing this hike is just like walking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing twice in one day and then some (an additional 7 km). Please have a look at the following questions and please DO NOT sign up for this event if your answer to ANY of these is No. 1: Do you consider yourself to be an experienced hiker? 2: Do you consider yourself to be physically fit and in good health? 3: Do you agree to not run ahead or fall behind the group at any time? 4: Have you done any hikes in Tongariro National Park before and are you familiar with the area? 5: Do you have the proper gear for protection against weather conditions (rain/wind/sun)? 6: Do you understand that it’s very likely to get blisters on your feet and do you know how to deal with them? Trip outline: Friday 20 Dec: Drive to Whakapapa Holiday Park. We will stay in the cabins that have been booked. Please try to arrange carpooling and pickups via the event comments. I'll try to help with this based on the answers you provided to RSVP questions. Arranging the carpooling will be your job. Please make sure you are clear about what time you prefer to leave Auckland (i.e around midday or after work, around 5-6 pm) and start the conversation about your trip as soon as you finalized signing up. https://goo.gl/maps/STan7ti8TFzSLMSD6 Saturday 19 Dec: Very early start. We will leave the holiday park on foot at 4:45 AM sharp. We will walk the circuit and try to be back to the holiday park before sunset which is around 8:15 PM. Having a torch or headlamp is mandatory for everyone. No summit climbs and/or side trips will be attempted on this hike. Estimated distance: 45 Km Estimated total ascent: 1600 m Sunday: Drive back to Auckland. As an experienced hiker, you are expected to work out what you need for this trip. For reference, trying to walk as light as possible, I will be carrying the following items for personal use: A very compact first aid kit. An emergency Personal Locator Beacon. 3L of water (there are 3 huts on the trail and we should be able to refill) A few water disinfection tablets 3000 to 4000 kCal worth of food, mainly in the form of bars Some toilet paper A small bottle of hand sanitizer A small pack of hikers wool I’ll be wearing long sleeves and long pants and will be walking in my trail running shoes instead of hiking boots Sun and rain protection A thermal layer, a beanie and a pair of gloves (polypro) Trekking poles A torch and a headlamp My wallet and some cash (in case of needing to take an emergency exit), cellphone, and a power bank. Please bring anything you need for 2 nights stay in the cabins. Please have a look at the holiday park website via the link below: https://whakapapa.net.nz/ Our accommodation is in standard cabins: https://whakapapa.net.nz/rooms-rates/cabins/ This means that we'll be using the holiday park's shared toilets, showers, and, dining area. There are a couple of escape routes and bailing out options, however, if anyone chooses to bail out at any point, they should know each one is longer than an average day hike (around 15 km) and that's on top of the distance we have walked to get to the start of the bail-out location. Details for these options will be provided to attendees. Costs: $65 to your driver if you are a passenger. $80 for 2 nights stay at the lodge in the holiday park. This is to lock your place in the event. Depending on the number of attendees, everyone is very likely to get a partial refund of their payment. This is because the accommodation cost partially depends on the number of occupants in each cabin. I will share the cost and payment details after the trip in order to keep everyone informed regarding the amount of refund paid. If you have made it to the going list, please make a payment of $80 to my bank account and inform me of your payment via comments. Please make sure to include your meetup name as a reference for the payment. Account details: *******Account Details Will Be Provided Here******* I will have to give the place of anyone who has not made the payment within a couple of days after RSVPing, to others from the waitlist in order to make sure they'll have enough time to arrange their trip. In case of extremely adverse weather and safety risks, we will find alternate activities since changing the booking is fairly costly, and postponing will be complicated, especially towards the end of the year. Please visit the official Northern Circuit Web page for more information about the area: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/central-north-island/places/tongariro-national-park/things-to-do/tracks/tongariro-northern-circuit/ Should you choose to join this event, your safety will be your own responsibility. Kaveh ............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

Kaweka Forest _ 4D 3N

Love Taupo

Given the uncertainties around planning trips and gatherings at this time, the following descriptions are considered as a placeholder to keep members informed about AHG plans. RSVPs will open 4-5 weeks prior to the actual date of the trip and decisions will be made based on the situation at the time. This is to allow enough time for members to get leave from their workplace. This trip will go ahead if gatherings and health rules and regulations allow it. The comments section of the event is open for communications, questions, and sharing opinions. Greetings everyone. Here is our 4-day 3-night hiking plan for a loop in Kaweka Forest. This will be a great backcountry experience. Before deciding to join us, please make sure you are okay with the following: ******** One of the huts we are planning to stay in has only got 6 bunks. The other two huts are larger but quite popular with hunters and trampers. Furthermore, none of the huts could be booked in advance. So, for one night or more, some people will need to sleep on the floor or tent outside if there is not enough space inside the hut. In order to make sure no one is tempted to run ahead of the group in the hope of claiming a bunk for themselves, we will draw straws for the available bunks at each hut. There will be absolutely no reward for getting to the huts earlier than the group. You MUST agree to this arrangement in order to remain on the list and join this trip ******** In order to attend this trip, it is essential to provide clear answers to RSVP questions. This will include providing your mobile phone number and stating that you agree with the abovementioned condition. Carrying a personal tent is a very good practice and highly recommended. One other option would be splitting the parts of a 2-3 person tent amongst yourselves and helping each other in carrying and pitching the tent so each person could carry a lighter pack and increase your chances of having a good night’s sleep if you draw a short straw or if there is no room left at the huts. Considering the distance we are about to cover on the second day and the weight of the backpack required for a 4-day hike, this trip is rated as a level 4 on our 1-5 scale of difficulty. A good level of fitness and stamina is required. All trails for this hike are marked, and we will stick to DOC trails. However, having maps, compasses, or GPS devices is always a very good practice. I will be carrying two GPS enabled devices, and you are suggested to be equipped as well. The group MUST stick together throughout all days for supporting each other and making sure no one is left alone in the forest. Day 1: Mangatutu Hot Springs Campsite to Te Puia Lodge All cars at “LoveTaupo” site at 11:00 am for a short break, meet and greet. https://g.page/lovetaupo?share We’ll drive out as a convoy no later than 11:20 towards Mangatutu Hot Springs Campsite carpark at the end of Makahu Road.: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/hawkes-bay/places/kaweka-forest-park/things-to-do/campsites/mangatutu-hot-springs-campsite/ https://goo.gl/maps/GWdVKTezBNDTvkMj6 We will start our tramp towards Te Puia Lodge via Te Puia Track as soon as we arrive at the carpark (Rough estimation: around 2:00 pm). The track leads up the true right of the Mohaka River to Te Puia Hut. We will claim our bunks, have a short resting stop and then grab a small pack, water, towels,... and head out towards Mangatainoka Hot Springs. From Te Puia Hut the track continues upriver, past the turnoff to Makino Hut, and crosses a bridge over the Makino River just above its confluence with the Mohaka River. The track then continues alongside the Mohaka, through native bush with some rolling terrain. Steep drop-offs in some sections lend nice views of the surrounding foothills. There is a final steep descent to reach the hot springs. At the hot springs, on a small manuka terrace beside the Mohaka River, there are two fiberglass baths surrounded by a decking area. The Mangatainoka Hot Springs Campsite is adjacent to the pools. Estimated distance: 7 km to the lodge and roughly 2 km to the hot springs Estimated total ascent: 500 m Estimated time: 2 hours to the lodge and 45 minutes to the hot springs Te Puia Lodge has got 26 bunks. Please see the official hut page for more information: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/hawkes-bay/places/kaweka-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/te-puia-hut-lodge/ A $15 green hut pass is required for staying at this hut for one night. Camping at Mangatainoka campsite is an option for anyone who is keen to do so. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/hawkes-bay/places/kaweka-forest-park/things-to-do/tracks/te-puia-hut-track-and-mangatainoka-hot-springs/ We will set a time for the group to meet the next morning at the lodge and start the second day of the hike. Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/IxYiiS6mtDX4cPMDf89iauif Day 2: Te Puia Lodge to Venison Tops Hut (Tira Lodge) Fairly early start for a long day of hiking. The trail starts very close to Te Puia lodge and climbs a steep 500 meters towards Makino Hut. From there, the trail continues on to Mangaturutu Hut (a further 4 hours) via the Makino River. From Mangaturutu Hut it is a 2-hour walk to Tira Lodge. This will be our longest day hike and requires a good level of fitness and stamina. Estimated distance: 16 km Estimated total ascent: 1850m Estimated time: 9 - 10 hours including stops Venison Tops Hut has got 12 bunks. Please see the official hut page for more information: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/hawkes-bay/places/kaweka-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/venison-tops-hut-tira-lodge/ A $5 blue hut pass is required for staying at this hut for one night. Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/2zJaDGKCirAm9KzofrIXf4dV Day 3: Venison Tops Hut to Middle Hill Hut via Whetu Peak (1650 m) A more relaxed hiking day. We’ll walk towards Middle Hill Hut via Whetu Peak via traversing the open tops by the poled route. Caution should be exercised during adverse weather conditions. Sudden periods of poor visibility, high winds, and very cold conditions can happen at any time of the year here. ****Visiting North Kaweka Peak which is located 4km to the south of Whetu Peak is not a part of our plans for this trip. We could explore a bit around Middle Hill Hut on this day. This will be after arriving at the hut and settling down there. Estimated distance: 11 km Estimated total ascent: 600 m Estimated time: 4 - 5 hours including stops Middle Hill hut has got 6 bunks. Please see the official hut page for more information: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/hawkes-bay/places/kaweka-forest-park/things-to-do/huts/middle-hill-hut/ A $5 blue hut pass is required for staying at this hut for one night. Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/yK8YP7P5r5gwSaQVUM3Hs0Ls Day 4: Middle Hill Hut to Mangatutu Hot Water Springs Very early start. The plan is to start walking right after first light, hike all the way back to the carpark near Mangatutu Hot Spring campsite, spend an hour or two at the hot springs to be refreshed and drive the rather long way back to Auckland (With a couple of stops on the way). Estimated distance: 9 km Estimated total ascent: 300 m Estimated time: 3 - 4 hours including stops For more information about Mangatutu Hot Springs please see: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/hawkes-bay/places/kaweka-forest-park/things-to-do/campsites/mangatutu-hot-springs-campsite/ Trail Details: https://www.gaiagps.com/public/NllSiqPVeVB5L3uR6isM0DsT Must have: - A backpack that is suitable for the multi-day tramp. - A liner inside your backpack. This is in order to weatherproof your belongings. This should be one or more sturdy layers. It doesn’t matter if you are going to use thick rubbish bags or fancy liners. - Layers to protect you against the weather. -Please bring a few candles. Everyone contributing to this will give the whole group a better experience at the huts. - A headlamp, or torch and extra batteries. - A sleeping bag - A tent or similar sort of shelter - Hut passes. Please see the above descriptions for details. https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-stay/stay-in-a-hut/booking-and-paying/ Bring at your discretion : - Food for the whole length of the trip - A sleeping mat - Water and water filters or disinfectant tablets for refilling at the huts or streams - Footwear suitable for tramping tracks - Clothing suitable for the season. I will post more detailed weather forecasts as we get closer to the day of our trip. - Sun & rain protection. - Clean clothing & footwear to change into after the hike - First-aid items - Maps or GPS devices - Cash for refreshments on the road ..............................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Te Atatu Peninsula

Victoria Park New World

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