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Bream Head / Wild Kiwi Trail Run
« on: November 25, 2019, 03:54:24 PM »
I did this one as part of the Wild Kiwi Trail Run, a great event that includes multi-sport options, but I stuck with the running-only event that was challenging in it's own right. We started at Urquharts Bay and ran around the headland before climbing what felt like a million steps to Mt Lion. After running along the ridge for a while we climbed again, this time up to the highest point. Then we had a sharp descent to Ocean Beach, trying to watch our footing and take in the breathtaking views out over the water. We started returning via Ocean Beach Road, but them climbed again up the Peach Cove track and returned via Mt Lion and this time we got to go down all those steps. A fantastic part of the country - not to be missed.

Karioi / Mt Karioi Trail Run - Twice in one day!
« on: November 25, 2019, 03:37:08 PM »
I did this one as part of the Mt Karioi Trail Run, where the main event involves climbing the mountain twice in one day. We started with the Wairake Track which took us across farmland before we entered the bush for a steep climb to the summit. It was so steep in places that it was more of a scamble than a running event at times. Then we descended via the Mt Karioi Track, before running to the northern flank and climbing again via a 3rd (private?) track and finally descending the Wairake Track and back to the start/finish line. As awesome race in an awesome location.

Ngauruhoe, Mt / Breathtaking views from Ngaurahoe
« on: November 25, 2019, 03:29:26 PM »
I did this one as a helper with a group of kids from our church. We walked into Mangatepopo Hut after dark on Friday, and it was my first time tramping in the mountains, so I was stunned to step out of the hut early the next morning to be greeted by the sight of a snow-covered Tongariro and Ngaurahoe towering above us. We started in our boots but quickly transitioned into crampons as the snow got thicker. Most of the part pressed on to Ketetahi hut, but a few of us decided to climb Ngaurahoe. It was quite an effort but the views were stunning and it was surreal to stand on the upper slopes and look out over Tongariro. We spent a couple of nights at Ketetahi, and we were able to explore the northern cratar, before finally walking out.

Rangitoto / Showing off Auckland's finest to our US Aunt
« on: November 25, 2019, 03:16:51 PM »
Our aunt was visiting from the US, so we thought it would be a great idea to show off the Auckland's fabulous harbour and climb one of the cities icons - Rangitoto. After a short ferry ride we started the climb and stopped off at the lava caves and explored them by torchlight. Then we continued to top where we rested and enjoyed the extensive views out over the harbour and across to the city. Upon descending we had a look at the old baches on the shoreline, before taking the return ferry.

Pinnacles, The / Overnighting at the Pinnacles with the boys
« on: November 25, 2019, 03:07:19 PM »
Did this one with my 2 boys, aged 8 and 10 at the time. We started after lunch and the boys had great fun with the river crossings, mostly preferring to skip the bridges and instead rock hop their way across. The climbing was made easy by the step cut into rocks and the quality of the track, and the views were great. We left our stuff at the hut and carried on to the summit, the boys again having fun on the ladders built into the rocks. It was overcast, which meant we couldn't see too far, but the rock formations were still interesting. After overnighting at the hut, we walked out the next morning.

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