Trip Reports
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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Belmont Trig / test Date: November 07, 2016, 03:56:54 AM
test tes
2  South Island / Iron, Mt / Busy little peak Date: January 21, 2010, 01:28:17 PM
We walked anticlockwise, which means the first part is a nice flat walk, and it gives you a little time to warm up before heading up the side of the hill.

It also means you gaze at the fantastic views of lake Wanaka on the way down without having to turn around all the time. 

all in all, a great little peak, nice summit, great views.

Pretty busy when we went - loads of tourists, and the carpark was chocka.
3  South Island / Botanical Hill / centre of NZ Date: November 05, 2009, 07:55:05 PM
a short and easy walk to a small hill summit
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Belmont Trig / Belmont Trig Date: November 05, 2009, 07:54:04 PM
great views of Wellington Harbour...
5  South Island / Arthur, Mt / Mt Arthur Date: November 05, 2009, 07:52:38 PM
a excellent day tramp, loads of scenic variety, but bitterly cold at the summit
6  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Whakapoungakau / trig trip Date: February 03, 2009, 02:09:08 PM
We planned to have lunch at the summit, but we ended up having morning tea at the summit and were back down by the lake for lunch!  I think we were the only walkers on this track the day we did it, though it was a couple of days before Xmas (always the best time for quiet walking - everyone else is shopping).

The views at the top are partially obscured, but good enough to make it all worthwhile.
7  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Tongariro, Mt / Tongariro summit Date: February 03, 2009, 02:05:46 PM
being paraboid about having a car broken into at the mangetepopo carpark, we stripped the car of everything, and left the glove box open.  We stopped short of leaving the windows open, but did consider it.  We needn't have worried, as when we got back there was about 100 cars there, so you'd have to be pretty unlucky - though it was New years Eve, at quieter times it mihgt be a bit riskier.

The new Devil's Staircase makes things a little easier, but it's still up enough to get you puffing!  Then up to the south crater, which i think is my favourite part of the Tongariro crossing - most people would choose the lakes higher up, but South Crater is a such a wonderfully flat expanse in the middle of such rugged landscape.  And with Ngauruhoe and Tongariro watching over it, South Crater is just damn cool.  Oh, and it's flat, did I mention that.  For a peak bagger, I actually quite like walking on flat surfaces...  go figure.  especially after something like the Devils Staircase

Anyway, it was damn cold further up - one of those winds that just slices you open.  The mist kept rolling in and out, but we had enough glimpses of the views from Tongariro summit to make it all worth while.
8  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Ruapehu, Mt / Dome summit Date: February 03, 2009, 01:58:05 PM
ahhh Dome Summit Ruapehu....  a wonderful location.  unfortunately my lasting memory is of missing the last chairlift back by about 3 minutes, and having to do a couple hours extra walking with no water.  all part of the fun of the fair I guess!
9  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Rimutaka Trig / rimutaka trig Date: February 03, 2009, 01:54:38 PM
This is a bit of cheats trig, cos you drive almost the summit, and then it's only s short walk to the trig.  the day we went was perfect - it would be a different story on a blustery winters day
10  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Rainbow Mountain / Rainbow Mountain trip Date: February 03, 2009, 01:52:57 PM
One of the bhest bits of this walk is actually just minutes fomr the road, where you look at the colourful crater, but I do remember the summit having great views.

Rainbow Mountain is one of those peaks which sits on a main road, and just waits patiently for you to visit...
11  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Pureora, Mt / Pureora Date: February 03, 2009, 01:50:48 PM
This is what I'd describe as a sleeper hit....   it was a bit of a drive in here, aloing a windy dirt road to a little carpark in the middle of nowhere much.  It's one of those ones where you wonder if you're going in the right direction.

The walk was a good little workout, and I the summit is broad with great views down across Lake Taupo and to Tongariro.  It's not one that instantly grabbed me on the day, but actually, in hindsight, I remember it very clearly, and for some reason has gotten under my skin.  I'll have to revisit it.
12  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Maunganui, Mt / The Mount Date: February 03, 2009, 01:46:34 PM
Most recently bagged good old Mt maunganui this last Xmas/New year period.... at about 9am and it was packed!  Every man, woman, child, and tourist was going for the morning walk up the mount before breakfast.  Including us....    and I even got myself some eggs benedict afterwards
13  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kaukau Peg / Kaukau Date: February 03, 2009, 01:44:01 PM
There's quite a few different ways up Kaukau, and I think I've done most of them.  My favourite is going up from Johnsonville, as it's a bit quieter than Khandallah, and there aren't so many yummy mummys out with their prams....  no offence to the yummy mummies out there
14  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Hawkins Hill / The golf ball Date: February 03, 2009, 01:41:55 PM
This is a pretty easy jaunt along a sealed road to the giant golf ball on the hill.  Another one I've been to a couple of times...
15  South Island / Isobel, Mt / Isobel Date: February 02, 2009, 05:19:51 AM
Another of my favourites.  The landscape around Hanmer is fantastic.... mountains as far as the eye can see, and closer to home there are great views of the Hanmer valley and rivers winding their way through the mountains.

And the best thing is you can soak yourself in the hotpools at the end of the day.... and I recall a particularly tasty gourmet pizza somewhere too...
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