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Ngongotaha, Mt / Mt Ngongotaha
« on: April 29, 2010, 02:46:31 PM »
This was the second of two peaks bagged on April 17th 2010. Fairly easy from  Paradise Valley road, with the track being dry and well formed.   Nice views over Rotorua from the lookout part way up, but no views from the top.  It took us about 2 1/2 hours return with a 4 year old setting the pace.

Rainbow Mountain / Rainbow Mountain
« on: April 29, 2010, 02:36:41 PM »
We bagged this peak on the 17th of April on a fine dry day. The track was easy and not at all challenging. The views from the top were quite spectacular. The trip was about 2 hours return with a 4 year old.

About 7 minutes from the carpark to the lake lookout.

It could be quite easy to miss the carpark because it looked like a gravel storage area for road works more than a carpark. Attached is a photo of the carpark heading south from Rotorua

General Discussion / Pukemokemoke
« on: April 11, 2010, 02:19:28 PM »
The Pukemokemoke reserve is 40ha of native bush near Hamilton, with a summit of 166m, marked by a trig.

We bagged this peak on April 10, 2010 - track was well formed and dry.  A very easy day walk (1 1/2 hours return at four-year-old pace).  Spectacular views to the south from the summit.

Karioi / Mt Karioi via Wairake Track
« on: April 11, 2010, 02:03:26 PM »
We bagged this peak via the Wairake track on a fine day with our 4 year old setting the pace. Track was a fairly easy walk with some boggy mud patches.

There were two wooden ladders to reach the summit and that was the hardest part for our 4 year old with a little lift up on and off required. The summit had great views of Raglan, Kawhia and the Waikato.

With several stops on the way up it took 2 hours and 20 minutes to reach the summit and 1 hour 40 down.

Attached is a photo of one of the ladders

General Discussion / Hakarimata Summit
« on: April 03, 2010, 04:38:46 AM »
Bagged this Waikato DOC track (on outskirts of Ngaruawahia) on 6th of March 2010.
Track was dry with a very easy walk up to the dam with lovely scenery. Beyond the dam it became more challenging particularly for the younger children (4 - 7yrs) with some steep parts that would be very slippery if wet.

It took all 8 of us 2 hours 10 to the summit (374m high) and 1 hour 10 back down. There were no views from the summit because of the bush but there were a few gaps in the trees along the ridge on the way up.

Kakepuku / Kakepuku
« on: March 30, 2010, 10:30:18 AM »
Moderate to easy with a few narrow bits of track. Our kids aged 4 to 13 coped well (but they are used to tramping).

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