Trip Reports
Pages: [1]
1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kaitarakihi / Kaitarakihi with GG Date: November 06, 2012, 01:42:08 AM
A nice walk with an awesome rocky scramble up to the top. It took us 1 hour 50mins up to the summit on this one. Good to see they've recently cleared a bit of the bush at the top, so you now get some nice views from there. A spot of maintenance on GG's geocache and then we were on our way back down
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Otanewainuku / Otanewainuku with GuanoGerbil Date: May 21, 2012, 12:39:33 PM
After bagging Rainbow Mountain this morning, we stopped off at this one on the way home.
A really lovely walk up the ridge track and we stopped lots on the way to look out for our first NI robin. Very fortunate to have one perch on a branch almost within arms reach of us - very cool!
Good views from the summit lookout and then we returned back the other track. Some great trees to see along here.
3  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Rainbow Mountain / Rainbow Mountain with GuanoGerbil Date: May 21, 2012, 12:33:27 PM
A gorgeous autumn day found us with over 20 mountain bikers unfortunately setting off just after us. Was a lot of stopping and letting them pass near the start, but then passing some of them again as it got steeper and they had to push their bikes uphill.
It took us about 55 minutes up with plenty of stops on the way. Fantastic views from the summit, and very nice to see Ruapehu with a nice early season coating of guano.
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Ngongotaha, Mt / Ngongataha with GuanoGerbil Date: May 14, 2012, 02:59:46 PM
With a forecast for showers and approaching rain today, this seemed an ideal time to tick this one off. Only a short walk up the road didn't sound too challenging, and even if it was raining at the top, we weren't going to miss out on any views since there aren't any anyway!
Only the occasional shower encountered on the easy 40 minute walk up from the road end. No views as expected at the summit, so straight back to the car just before the rain hit.
Not the most satisfying of peaks, but at least it's a good excuse to go for a drive and do something even on a rainy day.
5  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Tongariro, Mt / Mt Tongariro with GuanoGerbil Date: May 08, 2012, 04:11:06 AM
To avoid the relentless hoardes of tourists trudging the Tongariro Crossing, we opted to take the adjacent ridgeline immediately to the north above. This was much more direct, skipped the annoying Pussies Staircase, and we didn't see a single person until the summit itself. It was a stunningly perfect autumn day - cool but with a warm sun and not a breath of wind. It doesn't get much better than this!

We initially tried the direct scrub-bash approach straight from the carpark, but were quickly thwarted by the sheer banks on the first stream crossing. So we took the first part of the track to the Mangatepopo hut, stepped over the easy stream crossing here and then climbed up the easy slopes onto the ridgeline from there. Nice easy travel along the tops from here and great scenery the whole way. Was a much more interesting perspective to look across to Ngauruhoe from up here (and to look down at the trail of ants far below too!).

So long as the viz is OK, the route finding up here is straight forward and I would recommend this route over the normal one everyone seems to take if you're only going to bag Tongariro - much quicker, nicer and quieter this way!
6  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Pureora, Mt / Pureora with GuanoGerbil Date: April 30, 2012, 12:59:09 PM
We took the recommended route up. Much nicer this way - especially now that the track has been upgraded. Dad was saying that there was a lot more board walk here now compared with when he came through here last a couple of years ago. Is now a really nice walk with no mud or stream crossings to negotiate. The amount of bird life around here is quite stunning.
It took us a very easy hour to walk up from the carpark. Nice views of clag at the summit, but not a lot else unfortunately. With only about 350 vertical metres up, and such a good track it was a breeze. Took about 45 mins down. We were going to carry on and bag Titiraupenga as well afterwards, but the weather closed in further. Will leave that one till a nicer day to get the great views on offer as well as fully enjoy the awesome rock scramble to the top. We did drop by the geographic centre on the North Island nearby though.
7  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Ngauruhoe, Mt / Ngauruhoe with GuanoGerbil Date: April 29, 2012, 02:01:58 PM
I did this with GuanoGerbil and a few others. Instead of taking the new ‘Pussies Staircase’ up (as my Dad calls it), we opted for the original Devils Staircase. More direct and a bit more adventurous (as well as getting away from the maddening crowds for a while!).
Definately easiest keeping to the left and climbing up the rock band on the way up the mountain itself. A lot safer too - we saw some very big rocks hurtling down the scree slopes nearby that were tripped off by people descending this way. Not a good place to be trying to climb up with people descending above you!
Instead of following everyone else straight up to the crater, we veered left as we reached the outer crater and went straight to the steam vent on the ridge nearby. This is always visible from below and it was so much fun having a sauna with the other guys in our group at the top!
We then ignored the crater again and followed the ridge from the vent on to the true summit further on. Outstanding views out over the Tama lakes and Ruapehu.
It was only after this that we dropped down into the outer crater after spotting a tiny bit of snow. We made some snowballs, carried them up to the main crater and sacrificed them to Mt Doom.
We then circumnavigated the crater rim before heading down. Very dodgy descending the first part, as it was steep enough to make it difficult not to fall on your butt. But more importantly, not to set off any rocks rolling down on the others below. Had to carefully position ourselves so there was a clear run below, and then we sucked it in and just went for it at full gallop down. A lot of fun!
Be very, very careful of rockfall both coming down at you, and of accidently dislodging rocks onto people below. Not a bad idea to wear a helmet - we saw a school group all wearing them and I can now understand why!
8  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Karangahake / OmaGosh bags Karangahake with GuanoGerbil Date: June 27, 2011, 02:50:34 PM
A rare fine weekend day, so put it to good use. We took the extra shortcut on offer by parking the car over the other side of the river at the end of the lower Crown Hill Rd. It saved the walk up from the river and there's a nice kauri grove walk here right at the carpark as well.
An easy stroll up the metal road to start, then turned right up the good track towards the summit. We opted for the shortcut after that which knocks off probably about an hour to the walk up. It's the first, unmarked, but very obvious track to the left. The shortcut track has recently had some maintenance done to it and is now very good. It gradually steepens but is still easy going. After turning left at the T-intersection with the main track, it's only a few more minutes to the trig. What a beauty, and fantastic 360 degree view all around.
It took us a very leisurely 1.5 hours walk up with lots of stops on the way. An awesome peak!
Pages: [1]