Trip Reports
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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kaukau Peg / Mt Kaukau on Te Araroa Date: April 08, 2014, 06:35:50 AM
I climbed Mt Kaukau on the same day as Colonial knob on my 78 day walk of  Te Araroa

Conditions were perfect, in fact, they had been pretty good all summer as I only got rained on 11 times in 78 days of walking.
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Colonial Knob / Colonial Knob on Te Araroa Date: April 08, 2014, 06:34:29 AM
Climbed this peak as well as Mt Kaukau on the same day as part of my 78 day walk of Te Araroa from Cape Reinga to Wellington.

Conditions were perfect, in fact, it had been a stellar summer as I only got rained on 11 times in 78 days of walking!

Didn't see a soul on this track.

3  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Hector, Mt / Mt Hector on my NI Traverse Date: April 08, 2014, 06:32:17 AM
I climbed mt Hector on day 73 of Te Araroa - including the Southern Crossing.

I bivvyed about 40 minutes below Fields hut and then on Bull Mound the following night.

The weather on this day couldnt have been more perfect with sun and zero wind.

It was the highlight of my 78 days of walking from Cape Reinga to Wellington.
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Tamahunga, Mt / Mt Tamahunga via Te Araroa Date: March 05, 2014, 09:08:27 AM
Another peak that I managed to bag during my walk of the Te Araroa walkway from Cape Reinga to Wellington.

I slept in the dunes on the Pakiri side and ambled up the hill through farmland. Had a big ol lunch on the helicopter pad at the top.
5  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kuripapango / Kuripapango via N - S traverse of the Kaimanawas/Kawekas Date: March 05, 2014, 09:02:58 AM
Kuripapango was summited at the end of a 7 day 6 night traverse of the Kaimanawas and Kaweka Forest Parks. This trip was part of my journey on foot from Cape Reinga to Wellington, originally on the Te Araroa trail, but diverted at the Tongariro Crossing to the Kaimanawas, Kawekas, Ruahines and Taruruas.

Kuripapango was one of the smaller hills I had climbed during my time in these parks! And i got out just in time for a big storm to blow through.

6  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Pureora, Mt / Mt Pureora via Te Araroa Date: March 05, 2014, 08:58:35 AM
Mt Pureora was ascended on day 43 of my walk of Te Araroa from Cape Reinga to Wellington. After sleeping at Ngaharenga Campground and awaking to an amazing dawn chorus of birds (well done on the predator control in this area) we followed the first 15 km or so of the Timber Trail and diverted to the PUD (pointless up and down) of Mt Pureora, where the alternative was we could have just continued along the nicely manicured MTB track. The views were quite hazy but lunch was appreciated. We descended and stayed the night at the Bog Inn hut, followed by Waihaha and Hauhngaroa huts the following nights.
7  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Pirongia, Mt / Mt Pirongia via Te Araroa Date: March 05, 2014, 08:54:10 AM
Climbed Mt Pirongia as part of the Te Araroa walkway from Cape Reinga to Wellington. This was day 38 from Cape Reinga. The track was one of the more technical encountered so far on the walkway. We were lucky to have great views on the day up. After sleeping in Pahautea hut (the first hut on Te Araroa), we awoke to cloudy conditions which lasted until an hour after we exited at the southern road end.
8  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Dome Summit / Dome Summit via Te Araroa Date: March 05, 2014, 08:49:49 AM
Climbed Dome Summit through Dome Forest from the Matakana end on day 23 of Te Araroa from Cape Reinga to Wellington. Set up my tarp in the bush about 100 m from the Kauri Grove, and endured rainfall during the night. Was quite surreal as during the night I could hear the roar of traffic from SH1 below.

Already being at quite an altitude, Dome didnt seem like too much of a challenge coming from this side.

Treated ourselves to a cooked breakfast at the cafe at 0730am.
9  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Bream Head / Bream Head via Te Araroa Date: January 22, 2014, 08:36:22 AM
Climbed this on day 18 of my Te Araroa Thru Hike from Cape Reinga to Wellington

Perfect conditions on this day
10  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Matthews, Mt / Labour Weekend Tramp Date: October 30, 2013, 10:44:59 AM
Out on a Labour Weekend Tramp with my fiance.

We did the double with Papatahi at 0930, followed by Mt Matthews at 1600
We camped under tarp at the trail heads in both cases on terraces next to either Boulder Creek or Orongorongo rivers.

Weather was gale force about the tops so we didnt linger. Although managed to see some amazing views at both the view point just above South Saddle Junction, and at the summit.

The climbs up were steep and the climbs down were brutal on the knees and very hard work with fatigued legs. All up about 1500 of ascent.
11  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Cannon Point / Canon Point on Puke Ariki Traverse Date: April 23, 2013, 04:00:18 AM
Date: 21 April 2013
Distance: 23 km end to end.
Duration: 4 hr to run the the Puke Ariki Traverse
Weather: Rainy and over casts with winds about the tops

JimmyNZ and I ran the Puke Ariki Traverse from the Dry Creek/Haywards Hill end to Korokoro Stream, taking in Belmont Trig, Boulder Hill, Canon Point and Round Knob along the way. The run was challenging but beautiful consisting of rolling farmland and great open tops. A feature was the Belmont Magazines along the way.

Beautiful hills to be had but a very tiring and long run.

Recommend.
12  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Boulder Hill / Boulder Hill on Puke Ariki Traverse Date: April 23, 2013, 03:59:14 AM
Date: 21 April 2013
Distance: 23 km end to end.
Duration: 4 hr to run the the Puke Ariki Traverse
Weather: Rainy and over casts with winds about the tops

JimmyNZ and I ran the Puke Ariki Traverse from the Dry Creek/Haywards Hill end to Korokoro Stream, taking in Belmont Trig, Boulder Hill, Canon Point and Round Knob along the way. The run was challenging but beautiful consisting of rolling farmland and great open tops. A feature was the Belmont Magazines along the way.

Beautiful hills to be had but a very tiring and long run.

Recommend.
13  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Belmont Trig / Blustery Belmont Trig Date: April 23, 2013, 03:56:31 AM
Date: 21 April 2013
Distance: 23 km end to end.
Duration: 4 hr to run the the Puke Ariki Traverse
Weather: Rainy and over casts with winds about the tops

JimmyNZ and I ran the Puke Ariki Traverse from the Dry Creek/Haywards Hill end to Korokoro Stream, taking in Belmont Trig, Boulder Hill and Round Knob along the way. The run was challenging but beautiful consisting of rolling farmland and great open tops. A feature was the Belmont Magazines along the way.

Beautiful hills to be had but a very tiring and long run.

Recommend.
14  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Climie, Mt / Caching on Climie Date: April 03, 2013, 06:27:40 AM
Date: 24 MAR 13
Track Conditions:  Very Dry
Start Point: Upper Carpark
Time Taken: Unknown

For some reason I thought I could run this?

I had recently purchased a nice wee book (http://arunnersguide.com/wellington/) and it had Mt Climie as a 13 km mountain run. After downloading the 15 geocaches on the route to my GPS we set off on a cracker of a day in the Hutt (mind you, it was late March and we had yet to see any rain for the year). Needless to say, my aspirations for running this quickly petered out after probably 2 km. It was distressing to be passed by an older gentleman who was indeed running the hill, quite a goat and very admirable.

We made it up to the trig, then the second, and continued a little further along the ridge to a knoll where the furtherest cache was hiding. It was lovely to experience alpine vegetation so close to home.

We bagged the majority of caches on the way down (grabbing them on the way up would have been smarter and would have provided some lung and leg relief but we had set off a bit late)

A great hill, and one that I would love to conquer at a faster rate sometime.

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