Trip Reports
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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kapakapanui / Kapakapanui Date: January 20, 2014, 01:50:54 PM
Another great day for a hike.  Took some kids with me (two of them mine).  The river crossings were fun, decided to go up the easier way (clockwise).  Very steep section to start with.  Southerly came up once we were on the ridge, so on with the thermals.  Made the Hut by lunch time.  Sun was out by then, so had lunch then carried on.  Numerous bogs from here to the summit, almost lost one of the kids in one.  Spectacular view from the top, worth the climb.  5 hours to the top, bit slow I know, but not as fit as i used to be.  Back down again.  Very steep, glad we didn't come up this way.  Basically a continuous climb (descent) the whole way.  Almost vertical in some places. 2 hours 45 to the bottom.  8 hours total trip time.  Very hard work, but worth the effort.
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kakepuku / Kakepuku Date: January 20, 2014, 01:00:35 PM
Thought we'd try this as an evening walk.  Started at 8:00pm, finished by 9:30.  Nice little hike, stairs at the end are pretty steep, however the platform at the summit was closed due to rot, so didn't even get to see the view.  Also forgot to take a photo.  I took one the next day from my mates back door step.
3  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Baldy, Mt / Mt Baldy Date: January 14, 2014, 07:32:27 AM
Finally, after many months i'm back to bagging peaks.  Thought i'd start with a nice easy one like Mt Baldy (lol).  Started from the carpark at the end of Hot Springs road, and headed up the Tuahu track.  Sign said 3.5 hours to Rereatukahia hut.  The track seemed nice and easy at first, reasonable broad, well maintained, gentle gradient.  Got narrow once or twice, and a couple of streams to cross, but pretty easy.  Made it to the ridge junction in 1.5 hours, and still felt pretty good.  Sign said to turn right to follow the North South track, so I turned right and stared straight at some pretty solid bush.  I though there must have been some sort of mistake, but after a bit of searching I eventually found the first trail marker.  After that it got pretty tough.  Poorly maintained to non existant track.  Felt I needed a machete at times.  Annoying seed pods that stuck to my legs and felt like they were trying to rip all the hairs off.  Got nervous when I couldn't see the next trail marker.  I can see why people go missing in the Kaimais.  Finally made it to the next junction after another 1.5 hours.  From there it got worse.  Mt Baldy was not much further, but the sign said track likely to be overgrown, and only for experienced hikers.  Yay!  Onwards and Upwards.  The track opens out here to tussock, but is steep and definately overgrown.  Could easily miss the next trail marker if it clouded over.  Oh great, it just clouded over.  I guess if I keep going up I can't go wrong.  Finally make the summit, or what I presume is the summit, as I can't see very far.  3.5 hours.  sit to have lunch and head down.  Cloud lifts as I descend, and I can see the trail markers again.  Head down the Rereatukahia Hut track.  Very steep, but the track is much easier to follow.  Have to search for the trail markers from time to time, but all good.  Finally walk out 6 hours after I walk in.  Great walk.  18kms long, so be prepared.  Also good to make sure you have a reasonable knowledge of the area, and a gps, as getting lost is a real possibilty.
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Colonial Knob / Colonial Knob Date: April 02, 2013, 02:37:22 PM
Started off at 10 am with the family from Broken Hill car park. The sign said 5.9km 3-4 hours.  I was quite sure it was much less that 5.9kms and 3-4 hours.  Maybe it meant return.  Anyhow, off we went.  Overcast day.  Temperatures not too bad.  Easy enough to start with, but eventually we hit the stairs, and it got quite steep after that.  Quite a slog to the summit, and my 68 year old mother nearly had to turn around, but with much encouragement and numerous rest stops we eventually made it to the trig in 1 hour 23 minutes.  Wind was quite strong and the top of the mountain was covered in cloud, but every now and then we had some spectacular views of the area.  Carried on to the transmitter and stopped for lunch.  The sign there said 3.1km back the way we came, or 5.1km down the 4wd track.  We opted for the longer track down.  The sign also said 2 hours to the bottom.  20 minutes later the sign said 1 hour to the bottom.  20 minutes later the next sign said 1 and a half hours to the bottom???  The fourth sign said 30 minutes to the bottom (that was a relief) and to follow the 4wd track.  However someone had painted on the sign a blue arrow which suggested we should go through the gate to return to the Broken Hill car park.  Not sure which way to go, we decided to continue on down the 4wd track and see where that lead us.  Another sign approximately 100m further down said we had to go back up the track, and was pointing in the direction of another 4wd track.  Now completely confused we consulted the gps, and found the new 4wd track was marked, and headed in the direction of the Broken Hill car park, so we opted to follow that and see where it lead.  After following it for a few minutes, and confirming with the gps that we were on the right track, we carried on, confident that we were going to arrive back at the car park.  However, after sighting our van through the foliage it became obvious that the track we were on was not going to end up in the right place.  Then the track simply stopped.  Fortunately a young gentleman was doing a bit of work in the bush.  He told us that the track we were on was not actually a proper track, and that we should have gone through the gate.  Instead of walking all the way back we could cut through the bush where he had made a track, cross the stream, scramble up the bank, then walk around the warehouse to get onto Broken Hill road.  That was a relief.  Finally we arrived back at the car park, and despite our adventures managed to do it in 1 hour 28 minutes.  The moral of the story is follow the blue arrow and go through the gate.
5  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Makara Peak / Wellington Skyline Track Date: February 17, 2013, 09:33:16 AM
Bagged this one as part of the Wellington Skyline Track with a group of 20 (family and friends).  We started in Johnsonville, and bagged Mt Kaukau on the way over.  13km and 3 hours 16 minutes later we arrived at the end of the track on Makara Hill rd, just across the road from the start of the track leading up to Makara Peak.  So, of course, after punishing ourselves, for the last 3 and a bit hours, we decided to punish ourselves some more.  To be fair, some of the group had had enough, so decided to wait at the bottom for our rides to come and pick us up, so six of us pressed on to the top.  We wanted to be up and back before the transport home arrived, so no one was having to wait around too much, so powered up the hill.  The first part of the track is quite steep, and zig zags back and forth, and after 13kms already, there is only so much gas left in the tank.  Needless to say, after setting a blistering pace up the zig zag, I at least was starting break down, with mild dehydration and cramps setting in.  Still, no pain no gain.  With the pace reduced to a more reasonable walk we pushed on.  Not a long difficult climb, but quite steep in places.  Great views from the top.  Also great views of the Skyline Track back to Mt Kaukau.  2km each way.  26 minutes up and 23 minutes down.  Made it back 10 minutes before the vans arrived to pick us up.
6  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kaukau Peg / Wellington Skyline Track Date: February 17, 2013, 09:18:55 AM
Bagged this one as part of the Wellington Skyline Track.  Started at 8:30am with a group of 20, from McLintock St in Johnsonville.  The forecast was for fine sunny weather and a gentle breeze from the west.  Turned out to be pretty chilly, with the cloud base down to the top of the Transmission mast on Mt Kaukau, and a good stiff breeze.  Still it could have been raining.  As it turned out, the weather was perfect for a hike.  Nice and cool out of the sun and with the wind.  We followed the old coach road up to the top, nice views along the way, but not to difficult.  2.98km, and 46 minutes.  Finished the walk by a hike 10km out to Makara Hill Rd.  Again great views.  A nice straight forward walk.  Some ups and downs, but not too difficult.  2 hours 30 mins to the end.  We then continued on to Makara Peak to finish the hike.  Please see my post under Makara Peak for that.
7  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Hawkins Hill / Hawkins Hill Date: February 08, 2013, 04:05:52 AM
Waitangi day, and not much else to do, so hauled the family down to Wellington to bag Hawkins Hill.  Nice day, bit of a cool southerly still breezing through, but otherwise fine.  Pretty simple straight forward walk.  Started from the Brooklyn wind turbine.  Paved road all the way, only get's a bit steeper at the end.  Quite a few vehicles on the road, so had to keep a good eye out for them.  Great views all round.  47 minutes up, and 43 minutes down.
8  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Climie, Mt / Mt Climie Date: January 13, 2013, 01:43:12 PM
Another great day in upper hutt. Took the whole family again , including my four year old son.  This is a long relentless slog, with precious few level sections to offer any relief.  The track was well shaded on the trip up, which was just as well, as it was a pretty hot day. Not a lot to see until you reach the top.  The track is quite steep in places, which proved a quite difficult coming down (I have to be careful with my shonky ankles).  Spectacular views from the top.  Could see from Mt Hector and Rimutaka Trig in the north, through the Hutt Valley, down to Wellington and the South Island.  On the other side all of South Wairarapa.  The wind was howling across the top so we had to be careful not to loose the kids over the side.  Great day. 2:26 up and 1:44 down.
9  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Otanewainuku / Otanewainuku Date: January 06, 2013, 06:24:58 PM
Nice easy walk in the bush. Fantastic views from the platform. Half an hour each way.
10  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Maunganui, Mt / Mt Maunganui Date: December 25, 2012, 02:29:12 AM
Took the whole family up this one including my 68 year old mother.  33 minutes up the stairs.  Hot day but great walk up.  Nice views of surrounding area.  Watched some paragliders flying off the top.  Then down 4wd track, 26 minutes.  I found the gravel a bit slippery in places so it pays to be careful.  Nice way to spend the afternoon.
11  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Belmont Trig / Puke Ariki/Haywards Korokoro Traverse Belmont Trig Date: November 26, 2012, 02:44:03 PM
Start point was the Dry Creek entrance to Belmont Regional Park, and I did this as part of the Puke Ariki/Haywards Korokoro traverse.  Please see my post on Boulder Hill for the first part of the journey.  Left the Boulder Hill summit around 9:30am and dropped down into the next valley and back up to Belmont road.  The day was getting pretty warm now, and the sun was beating down on us (glad I went back for my water).  Passed the old army bunkers (kids had fun exploring), and come across most of our group that had gone the wrong way and were standing on top of some nameless peak (despite my clear instructions to study the route before we left, it seems the only one who knew where we were going was me, and I was at the back).  After shouting some directions we carried on.  Waited at the gas station for the group to catch up (to make sure everyone was going the right way), and carried on.  Crossed the airstrip, then climbed up towards Round Knob.  At this point I realised I was starting to get dehydrated, and with dwindling water supplies, I was wondering whether  I was going to make it out.  Finally dragged myself to the base of Round Knob after finishing my water, and stopped for lunch (well deserved Ginger beer included).  The benefit of travelling with a large group, is someone  always has extra's of something, so with a full water bottle and a good rest, we set off again just after 12:00pm.  The sky had clouded over at this stage (no sign of rain though) and the wind had picked up slightly, so not so hot.  Still loads of great views.  Long slog to Canons Head, and then on to Belmont Trig.  After 17km's of Hiking, and numerous steep climbs, not to mention dehydration, I was feeling pretty worn out by the time I reached Belmont Trig. More fantastic views of most of Wellington from here.  Definately worth the trip up.  Set off on the final leg at 2:00pm.  I had thought the previous 17km had some steep sections.  The trip down the ridge track was an education though.  There were some incredibly steep sections, and I was going very carefully (at the back once again).  Eventually the inevitable happened, and on a steep section with newly mowed grass covering the track, I put my foot into a hole i couldn't see and rolled my ankle.  At first I thought I might have to be helicoptered out, but, always one to be prepared, I pulled out one of my instant ice packs, and applied it to the injured foot, then sent one of the young lads on to tell the others what had happened.  After 10 minutes, and some heavy strapping, I carried on very carefully.  Eventually met up with some of the group who had come back to assist, and we finally made it down to baked beans bend.  Short rest there, and then off again.  My foot wasn't as bad as I had originally thought, and now that we were down on the level I was able maintain a good speed.  Nice walk along Korokoro stream, and finally out at Cornish street at 4pm.  Total trip time 8 hours.  While this was a fantastic day and great hike through Belmont Regional Park, it was much more difficult than I had expected.  Some of the climbs are very steep, and at 23km's, it's a long hike.  Don't attempt it if you are not at least moderately fit.  While I had done some preparation, I was not as fit as I should have been to attempt a hike like this, so be warned.  That being said, what a great day.  Do give it a go.  Do it as part of a group.  It was well worth the effort.
12  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Boulder Hill / Puke Ariki/Haywards Korokoro Traverse Boulder Hill Date: November 26, 2012, 01:19:40 PM
Started at the Dry Creek entrance and did this as part of the Puke Ariki/Haywards Korokoro traverse with a group of 25.  Start time was 8:00am, with the sun shining and not a cloud in the sky.  Climbed up from the car park to the 4wd track, and continued on up.  Got to where the track leveled out, still feeling pretty good.  Hit the really steep section.  I was not expecting it to be that steep, but early in the morning, so still feeling fresh.  Slogged it up to the top of the climb, where, in site of the summit, the others decided it was time for a break.  I then realised i had dropped my water bottle, so back down to find it.  Fortunately it was not far down.  Finally made it to the summit in just over an hour.  Great views, in all directions.  Stiff climb from Dry Creek, but great short hike if you are tackling Boulder Hill on its own.  Please see my post on Belmont Trig for the rest of the trip
13  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Rimutaka Trig / Rimutaka Trig Date: October 13, 2012, 03:29:33 PM
Had a bit of time this evening, so two of my boys and I though we'd have a crack at the Rimutaka Trig before the storm hits tomorrow.  Overcast night, but high cloud base, so we were able to see all the way to the top.  Nice short, but steep climb, 20 minutes up, 12 minutes down.  High winds from about halfway up.  This was quite deceiving as it wasn't that windy at the car park.  We almost turned around it was so bad, but decided to push on as we were nearly there.  I'm glad we did, as the views were spectacular.  I definitely will have to come back on a nicer day, so I can spend some more time enjoying the views.  Took a few photos, but it was so windy I couldn't hold the camera still, so I wasn't sure how they had come out until I got back down.  Great little trip, highly recommended.
14  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Cannon Point / Bagged my first one Date: October 04, 2012, 03:09:56 PM
Nice evening for a walk.  Overcast but otherwise fine. Started from Totara Park and took the short route up. 35 minutes to the top(only had to stop twice).  Good views of the Hut valley.  I could see all the way south into Wellington, and North to mt Hector (I'm pretty sure it's mt Hector).  I took the south west road down for a bit of a change. I decided to run, but succeeded only in discovering how horribly unfit I really am. Managed to do it in 30 minutes.  Lot's of other people out walking, running and cycling.  Upper Hutt is such a great place to live, with so many tracks within minutes of the CBD, and of course so many peaks to bag within 30 minutes drive.
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