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General Discussion / Re: Man doesnt this weather suck!!
« on: July 06, 2008, 02:00:44 AM »
Beautiful clear winters morning here in Rotorua. Don't think it will last though

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Urchin / Ridge between Umukarikari and Urchin
« on: June 26, 2008, 10:13:30 AM »
DOC have cut a track along the ridge between Umukarikari and Urchin. When I was last there a month or so ago there was still 600m at the Umukarikari end that had been marked but not yet cut.

This will make it a feasible round day trip taking in both Umukarikari and Urchin.

Care is needed going down the ridge from Umukarikari towards the bush. It is not yet marked and route finding might be an issue in fog.

DOC do intend to mark and signpost this route when the track cutting is finished, which hopefully will be before next summer.

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Umukarikari / Ridge between Umukarikari and Urchin
« on: June 26, 2008, 10:10:47 AM »
DOC have cut a track along the ridge between Umukarikari and Urchin. When I was last there a month or so ago there was still 600m at the Umukarikari end that had been marked but not yet cut.

This will make it a feasible round day trip taking in both Umukarikari and Urchin.

Care is needed going down the ridge from Umukarikari towards the bush. It is not yet marked and route finding might be an issue in fog.

DOC do intend to mark and signpost this route when the track cutting is finished, which hopefully will be before next summer.

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Ngongotaha, Mt / Re: Mt Ngongotaha
« on: June 25, 2008, 03:25:13 PM »
It is  40 Paradise Valley Rd. There used to be a rapid number there but it hasn't been put back after the construction of the carpark. In other words it is 400m up Paradise valley rd from the junction of Clayton Rd and Pukehangi Rd.

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General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: June 25, 2008, 01:13:37 PM »
I am Peter, active member of the Rotorua Tramping & Skiing Club. I am also a trustee of the Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust.

I have been an active tramper since the early 1970s when I lived in Dunedin so have bagged a lot of peaks in my day. However I am not competitive and often find myself bipassing the glory of the summit in favour of and early finish in camp these days.



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Whakapoungakau / Re: More North island Peaks
« on: June 25, 2008, 01:00:30 PM »
The track up Whakapounakau starts from the Outdoor Education Centre at Lake Okataina. The first part of the route follows the Western Okataina Walkway until you get to the top of the hill. The track to Whakapounakau turns off to the right and goes to the top which has and open clearing and a radio mast onthe top.

There are great views to the north and east from here looking over Lake Rotoiti to the sea and White Island in the distance.

Those numbers I have in my first post are the NZMG grid reference for both peaks.

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Ngongotaha, Mt / Re: Mt Ngongotaha
« on: June 25, 2008, 12:49:01 PM »
Here's the new carpark. has only been there about a month. A finger sign has just gone up in the last week or so saying "Walking tracks"

The track begins in the far corner of this photo and goes up past a new toilet block. There is also a viewing platform being built at the foot of the only Northern Rata remaining on the Mountain, but this is being done by volunteer labour so progress is slow.

The track goes to the top of the mountain but 3.5km loop track is also in the process of being cleared at the moment and it will be professionally benched once we raise enough money to complete the job.

There are also plans for a low level track around the lower slopes of the mountain plus a track to open up the western part of the reserve which is currently inaccessable.

As well as that an extensive pest control program is underway to control opposums and rats so that we can improve the quality of the bush that is there.

This is all being managed bu the Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust



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Tongariro, Mt / Re: Mt Tongariro Summit Ex Mangatepopo Road
« on: June 23, 2008, 02:29:28 PM »
The best way to do this trip is to leave at about 1am on a fine full moonlight night. Climb Ngauruhoe for sunrise and then scoot across to Tongariro for brunch. Ngauruhoe is a real drag to climb in the daytime so night is good. Finally leave the track at this point and return to the carpark by going directly down the ridge from the summit of Tongariro.

Then go and sleep for the rest of the weekend.

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Whakapoungakau / Whakapoungakau
« on: June 23, 2008, 02:23:05 PM »
You also want to add Otanewainuku (2791911 6361557) and Whakapounakau (2807973 6339878) as definite possibilities to the list.

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Ngongotaha, Mt / Mt Ngongotaha
« on: June 23, 2008, 02:18:46 PM »
What about Mt Ngongotaha near Rotorua. There is a road to the top but the gate usually remains firmly locked. The Ngongotaha Bush Restoration Trust in conjunction with Forest and Bird have established access to the historic Jubilee Track which goes up from a new carpark at 40 Paradise Valley Rd.

It takes about an hour and a half to get to the top and is a worthwhile trip through magnificent forest. The Trust is developing a loop track on the lower slopes of the mountain as well for those who do not wish to go all the way to the top.

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