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General Discussion / Frew Saddle, Hokitika and Whitecombe Valleys
« on: April 18, 2013, 04:51:01 AM »
Whilst not strictly a peak the Frew saddle is the highest point on the Toaroha - Frew circuit and stands at 1285 m and takes a couple of days to get there. Weather when we were there was pretty clear but with pea soup fog and times and quite cold. Went down to Frew Hut the next day

General Discussion / Mt Te Paki - Te Paki Farm Park
« on: February 14, 2011, 07:20:09 AM »
This peak is the highest on the Aupouri Peninsula. You can walk or drive if you have access, and the day I went I cheated as Arch and I were working. Great view and there are the foundations of a WWII radar station at the summit. 

Maunganui, Mt / The Mount
« on: February 14, 2011, 07:13:44 AM »
I've walked this a few times over the years. This was the first time with Irma

Ngauruhoe, Mt / Ngaruahoe
« on: February 14, 2011, 07:00:20 AM »
A nice walk to the top on a beautifiul day. Quite a few others going up if my memory serves me right. had a beer at the summit and a photo as that day was my birthday

Rangitoto / Rangitoto
« on: February 14, 2011, 06:50:19 AM »
Numerous times over the years after kayaking over to McKenzie Bay. On 30th September kayaked from St Heliers leaving at 5pm and walked to the summit where we had dinner, and then kayaked back in the dark, which was a great night. A bit rough going over but had calmed down on the return. A warm night

General Discussion / Taratara Rock
« on: September 02, 2010, 04:06:16 PM »
Unfortunately I can't remmeber the exact date but this beautiful rock has a sensational view from the top. Make sure you follow the farm track right round the left hand side to the back and the summit is easy to find. When we did it, we didn't follow that simple rule and went right which was virtually a vertical climb, which was hard, dangerous and tiring.

There are some caves at the base which would be well worth exploring

Tutamoe, Mt / Mt Tutamoe
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:46:51 AM »
The walk to the summit is through both pine and native forrest on a well defined track. It passes over old forrestry tracks and roads on the way up. The track was very muddy in places. About 2 hours up. The last 100 metres is virtualy vertical climbing over rocks and tree roots. The view is outstanding

General Discussion / Tokatoka Peak
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:32:29 AM »
This is an easy walk of about 20 minutes to this distinctive conical peak. Great view from the summit. The is one large kauri tree on the track on the lower slopes

General Discussion / Mt Camel, Houhora Harbour
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:30:21 AM »
I have walked to the top of Camel a number of times with various people. It is an easy walk straight up. The start of the track is quite hard to find but once you are onto it, is is well defined. Mt Camel was named by Capt Cook because of its distinctive double summit, and is found at the entrance to Houhora Harbour. 236 metres. The lower slopes have evidence of Pa sites and is one of the most famous of the Moa Hunter sites in early NZ History. Fantastic views of the Aupouri Peninsula from the summit, and a really great view of Houhora Bay. Mt Camel has a trig at the top. Prince Edward walked to the top when he was a student in NZ in the 80's.

General Discussion / Castle Rock Coromandel
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:26:58 AM »
I walked this distictive rock crag with Irma that I had wanted to summit for years. It is a bit of a drive through pine forrest to the starting point but well worth it. Height is 309 m and the walk is easy through forrest and then onto the top. The views are fantastic of the Coromandel Peninsula

General Discussion / Mt Tahua, West Coast
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:15:06 AM »
I walked this "hill" of 1124 metres during early 1998. It was a hard 7 hour slog up and back, as I was suffering from the effects of eating dodgy mussels which Terry and I had gathered the previous day. I was supposed to walk this with Terry but he was in bed throwing up and suffering from the effects of the muscles. The walk starts opposite Lake Kaniere

Tongariro, Mt / Mt Tongariro
« on: March 30, 2009, 02:07:33 AM »
Summited on a nice fine day

General Discussion / Mt Haast, Near Springs Junction
« on: March 29, 2009, 01:13:56 PM »
This was a good slog to get to the top. About 2 hours up and then a beer at the Reefton Pub afterwards to watch Super 12

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