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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Karangahake / Karangahake 19-02-11 Date: February 20, 2011, 10:16:32 AM
Went with a group of ten this morning

This walk was really good. The track conditions were dry, except for near the top where there was a couple of mud patches, but nothing we couldn't ninja around. It took us 2hours 16minutes (I think) to the summit, which included a lot of dawdling, photo taking, breaks and waiting. We took the recommended track both ways, and a member of our group took the shortcut back down, beating us by a decent time.

According to my GPSr, the other peak is higher, but we went across to the trig.

Hmm.. I did this the wrong way and didn't add to my peaks. Ohwell..
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Te Aroha / Up Te Aroha, Down Waiorongomai Date: April 09, 2010, 01:49:11 PM
After seeing Clouseau's post, we decided to do a similar route.

We started up Te Aroha at around 10am (approx), and walked up to the lookout for a short break. A family came up behind us, we took a picture for them and started up. They ended up catching us up near the summit. The track to the summit was really dry and not slippery, was quite nice. We sat up at the trig for lunch of fresh bread and hummus.

So we walked down the track marked Dog Kennel Flats, and around towards Waiorongomai.  I was pretty keen to see Waiorongomai Valley because my mum had walked it two weeks prior. This track was quite slippery in places, and overgrown, but that was the fun part.  Walked through a tunnel following the tram tracks, and then down the May Queen incline, and the track around and over Butler's incline.  This was really awesome: I love mining and logging history.

There were lots of awesome photo oppertunities, but it's a pity that I couldn't find my cameras battery pack charger... :/

We walked to the bottom, rested then started the 5km walk back to town.  Tried to hitchhike back but we didn't get anyone stoppping which was unfortunate. It wasn't until we were almost in town when we realised that we should have parked a car at Waiorongomai as well as Te Aroha, because we went with two cars. I think I'll just put that down to university brain fade...

All up: 6.5hours with breaks.


PS Thanks for the route Inspector Clouseau
3  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kakepuku / Mum told me this would be hard. Date: March 02, 2010, 01:14:40 PM
After seeing a brand new geocache on geocaching.com, I decided to go for it, and the one on the summit, and bag a peak whilst I'm at it.  I set off at 8:40am, headed off to the first cache.  At the second stile before entering the bush, I met another cacher, and got the joint first find. Left him halfway up, and bagged the peak.

The return trip took me 1 hour 50minutes, with a few stops and time to look for caches.  The track was very dry, with one or two damp patches near the summit. Next time, I'll try to push my time down.
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Maungatautari / Maungatautari Mission.. Date: January 28, 2010, 11:09:06 AM
We (my younger sister and I) started up Maungatautari at around 10:30am, and arrived at the summit at 12:15pm ish.  It was a tough slog to start off with, but it got easier once on the mountain.  There wasn't too much mud around, which was suprising.  We stopped off at the summit for a while, found the geocache, and headed off to do the hook nose lookout.  Ended up getting horribly lost mis-placing our location, but found our way back to the summit after giving up on it and started back down.  I'm not going off any official tracks until I can afford GPS.... but it was fun anyway.
5  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Karioi / Karioi Date: January 22, 2010, 04:34:14 AM
This is a great track with awesome views from the top.  The hillclimb using the chain was something special, I hadn't seen that before.  The track was also quite muddy, but that was expected.  Perhaps I should invest in some boots.  I accidentally stumbled accross a geocache on the summit too, which was something special.
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