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Colonial Knob / Colonial knob
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:33:13 PM »
Similar to Cannon Point and Boulder hill in as much as not too taxing a walk. Good views on clear day and a tiny trig at the top to snap a photo with.

Bradley, Mt / Banks Peninsula bags - Mt Herbert & Mt Bradley Pt2
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:29:39 PM »
After bagging Mt Herbert i set my sights on Mt Bradley not exactly sure how to get to the top, or even if I could. Decided that I allowed for plenty of time to give it a good go anyway so pushed on past the shelter and followed the track. From the harbour side all you can see is the bluffs which does not give it a very baggable look, but from looking at the topo map it looked like if there was going to be any chance of getting to the top then i would have to follow the track past the back of Mt Bradley and cross my fingers. Just before you almost get past Mt Bradley all of a sudden a river of grass snakes through the gorse and offers a path to the top (Note this is off the main track and there is no obvious sign that a side track starts there, it just happened to be the only bit of the hill where the gorse was not an impenetrable wall). Faint signs of a track (animal, human?) leads up to the flat top and then another faint track leads to the summit proper. No trig here either, but I decided that a biggish boulder would suffice as my marker (to be safe my GPS made sure I did find the highest point). From here its just a straight reverse to Mt Herbert (bypass the summit) and back down to the harbour, Forget the beach and lower section of the track and follow the second paved road (not the first one you cross!, the one after that) to grab a cool drink from the cafe before grabbing a ferry back.

Herbert, Mt / Banks Peninsula bags - Mt Herbert & Mt Bradley
« on: January 26, 2017, 04:10:51 PM »
Planned this one 2 weeks out so I was very dismayed when the "weather bomb" decided to try and ruin things, but Canterbury turned it on for me and I had a near perfect day for the peaks. Drove to Lyttleton from CHC and parked up before walking the rest of the way to the Ferry (cross the pedestrian crossing next to the bridge and just follow the painted footsteps). About $12 will get you a return trip over to Diamond harbour with Black Cat cruises (TAKE CASH!!!!, they do not have eftpos, there is a reminder painted on the footpath and its on their website so no excuses really). Ferry sailings also occur about 10 mins so you don't wait long. From the ferry landing it is a short walk up a paved road and then you can choose to take a short route past the water or alternatively you can keep going up the road and just join the track where the beach section finishes. Be careful if choosing the beach section as the turnoff that leads to the summit is not super obvious. The first part of the track is through bush and a little bit overgrown, but eventually it leads to farm paddocks and from here it is mostly easy gradients peppered here and there with a little puffer to gain some altitude. Plenty of fences to cross, but stiles are provided. For the most part you cannot see the summit until you are practically on it and be warned the last quarter or so of the track is when you start to puff a bit and its not until probably the last kilometer or so until you actually start sweating in earnest as you relatively quickly go from 500ish to 900m. No trig when I was there just a small white stake to mark the summit of Mt Herbert. From here you can retrace your steps but I decided to push on and see if I could get to the top of Mt Bradley.

Botanical Hill / Center of NZ!
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:47:42 PM »
Super easy bag, 12 mins up for me and greeted with a fine view of Nelson and a very talkative bellbird. Not technically the center of NZ, but you can ready plenty online to explain that one.

Cannon Point / Belmont trig and Cannons Head
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:42:10 PM »
Part of a two-fer with Belmont trig. Nice views of the valley.

Belmont Trig / Belmont trig and Cannons Head
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:40:25 PM »
Easy walk to the top, nice big trig, thought we would carry on and bag Cannons head as well.

General Discussion / Paritutu Rock
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:37:00 PM »
Relatively easy bag this one, for the most part you seem to be more more rock climbing (albeit with the help of chains) but it goes pretty quick and before you know it you are looking at some impressive views around New Plymouth and some seals playing around below you. Worth the effort. 

Pouakai / Pouakai
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:29:49 PM »
Booked an awesome cabin (Poukai cabins) so all we had to do was leave the front door and start the track. It was apparently super muddy but they added a whole bunch of walkways so that problem is pretty well taken care of. The entire track is very well kept and a breeze to walk. (Apart from the last part just before the summit, but again not too much a worry. We estimated about an 8 our hike, but I think we ended up with just under 7 return. Great views of Mt. Taranaki on the way, sadly for us some low clouds rolled in and when we bagged the summit in the middle of a cloud.

Boulder Hill / Boulder Hill
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:13:51 PM »
Easy walk up. No trig, but, yup, lots of boulders!

Climie, Mt / Mt Climie
« on: January 26, 2017, 03:06:25 PM »
This one was just one loooong slog up, not overly steep or anything, but just never ending. Good views here and there, and plenty of birdlife to entertain. Funny enough, Climie #2 the lower peak has a bigger trig than the higher Climie #1.

Kaukau Peg / Kakau bag
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:57:57 PM »
Did this one on a hot muggy day so the first quarter of the track under the cover of bush was welcomed. A well kept track and not overly taxing, but again if you want a good puff just pick up the pace. Great views of Wellie and the South Island when you get to the top. If you want to find the trig just keep going past the viewing platform, past the huge radio tower, and find the gorse covered hill. You will find a badly kept track leading to the trig.

General Discussion / British Peak
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:13:23 PM »
Saw this peak so many times as I drove over the Makara hill that I decided to one day make a point of bagging it just to see what the marker it it's peak was (From Makara Peak you can spot it and just about make out something on its peak). Pretty much all i did was follow the Skyline track up to the point where the App on my phone showed a track (not sure of it is official) peeling off to the left and then bending along the ridge towards to mystery peak. Some nice sea views on the way, but with a strong wind i was at a 45 degree angle for a good deal of the walk, but i had a mission, so onwards it was. Eventually I made it to the peak to discover it had a small castle tower like monument on it dedicated to a man and woman, the details of which now escape me. 375m, and according the NZ topo map called British peak.

General Discussion / Johnson Hill
« on: January 26, 2017, 02:01:44 PM »
You can bag this as part of the Skyline walk that goes from Makara Hill all the way to Johnsonville I believe. At 360m it isn't exactly taxing, it was really only bagged by mistake because I was curious about the views. To get to it there are signs for a small detour on the main Skyline track close to the Makara peak side of the main track.

Rimutaka Trig / Rimutaka Trig
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:55:17 PM »
Plenty of parking so no problem there. Just under the summit on the Wellington side, but you cant miss it. The actual climb is a bit of a slog if you are in a hurry, but straight forward on a well maintained track. As it zig zags up the hill you get some pretty cool views of the Rimutakas and a bit later on the Wairarapa and Lake Wairarapa. Trig at the top greets you on a summit bagged. Unlikely to get a windless day here, but I'm sure someone must have enjoyed such a day at some point!

Hawkins Hill / Hawkings Hill
« on: January 26, 2017, 01:45:24 PM »
Doing this post sometime after the bag so i'm struggling to remember all the details. For the most part I believe we just followed a 4wd/Road like track for what seems forever. You don't need to guess when you have reached the end for there is a giant radar ball waiting for you, plus there is also a tiny trig with (on a clear day) some pretty stunning views of the South Island.

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