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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Hikurangi, Mt / First bag of Hikurangi for 2012! Date: January 06, 2012, 05:59:35 PM
Did a mision up to East Cape to bag Hikurangi with a couple of mates, awesome trip. Weather had been pretty sketchy in the days beforehand but looked to be clearing so we decided to head on up the East Cape. Got to Ruatoria and went to pay for our hut booking to find everywhere closed, luckily this is the coast where everybody knows everybody and the helpful lady at the kai cart told us just to head on up to the mountain and talk to the people at the station, who sure enough were happy to sort us out with our hut fees. Headed up in the afternoon, waked into cloud from about 700m, made it to the hut in 3 hours, a pretty straightforward hike apart from missing the point where the track heads up to the hut from the farm track resulting in a 10 minute detour. Was pretty damp and chilly in the hut til we got a good fire going and enjoyed some farm-killed steak and a few drams of scotch. Were hoping it would clear for the summit attempt in the morning but wasn't to be, but we headed up anyway. Visibility was only around 30m so we had to pick our way carefully but made it to the summit without getting off the trail at all. Two useful bits of advice that kept us out of trouble:
1: Above the treeline when you reach a point where you can't see any more markers, head RIGHT, not straight up. you'll soon find the next marker.
2: After the last marker head up the scree gully, keeping to the left. the route eventually crosses to the right of the gully, which then forks, take the right hand fork. When you reach the summit ridge, head RIGHT to reach the trig (it's probably visible in good weather, not for us though).
The last scramble to the trig must be very exposed in clear weather, we couldn't see anything though so it didn't worry us! Was a bit chilly at the top but not too bad. Track conditions were pretty good considering the recent rain, a little mud but nothing that would worry most people. No chance of keeping the boots dry this time though! Still a great climb despite the lack of a view, and gives me and excuse to do it again some time.
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Pureora, Mt / Pureroa - much improved track Date: January 02, 2011, 05:14:38 PM
Bagged this one a few days ago, a straightforward stroll up, and fantastic 360 degree views from the top, although some hazy cloud meant I didn't get a view of Ruapehu or Taranaki. Took 2 hours including a break for lunch and photos at the summit.
There has been a LOT of work on this track in the last year, the trail is now formed all the way to the summit with a light surfacing of gravel, new drainage ditches/culverts and has had steps installed on all but the most moderate slopes. Despite the wild weather that had swept up the country on the previous few days, my boots hardly got dirty. For this reason this peak should be reclassified as easy instead of easy/medium.
3  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Whakapoungakau / Whakapongakau Date: December 29, 2010, 12:46:44 PM
Revisited this one again late last year, took around an hour to get to the summit on a pretty good track with only a few steepish sections. Some beautiful native bush with some particularly impressive old rata trees. Nice view from the top over lakes Rotorua and Rotoiti and out to the BOP coast.
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Maunganui, Mt / Mauo Date: December 29, 2010, 12:33:54 PM
Did this years ago as a kid and decided to go for a quick trot up on Boxing Day. Headed up the 4WD track then back down the Waikorere track. Started about 5pm and was back down by 6:30 with plenty of time mucking about taking pictures. Not a hard climb by any stretch but a very worthwhile one with fantastic veiws of the whole Western BOP region.
5  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Karioi / Karioi Date: December 29, 2010, 12:24:34 PM
Knocked this off one afternoon while I was staying in Huntly earlier this year. Took the track from the Te Toto Gorge car park, and was lucky enough to hit it on a perfect clear sunny day. Took a bit of a wrong turn after the lookout and wasted about half an hour backtracking from the dead end but the track was fine otherwise, though I'd imagine it could get muddy after some rain. Awesome views, could see all the way to Ruapehu from the summit and Taranaki was just visible on the southern horizon.
Took about 5 hours in total, including the unscheduled detour and a lazy lunch at the summit.

Karioi from above Ngarunui Beach:

Looking towards Raglan from the lookout:

Looking down the ridgeline from near the summit:

6  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Rainbow Mountain / Nice quick bag, great views Date: November 11, 2009, 05:46:51 PM
Knocked this one off this afternoon, a easy walk, only taking me about 35-40 min to the top but the views are worthy of a much longer hike. The little viewing platform of the cliffs and crater near the start is great too.

7  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Bald Knob / Certainly a tricky one to find Date: November 04, 2009, 02:53:54 PM
Think i missed this one on the way past too- even though I was looking for it! I'm counting it as a bag though seeing as I made it up to the hut, which is higher, carrying a a 15kg pack on a hot february afternoon! Fantastic views from up there, I had an absolutely perfect day for it.
8  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Ngongotaha, Mt / Not much to see here! Date: November 04, 2009, 02:41:06 PM
Very nice native bush setting for this track, but the views are non-existent, either from the track or the summit! More a bushwalk with added sweat factor really.
9  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Tarawera, Mt / Tarawera - North Side Date: November 04, 2009, 02:38:22 PM
Did this twice as a kid, from the trailhead on the north side near the Tarawera outlet. Great walk. The track's closed these days, but it's still there if you know where to find it....
10  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Otanewainuku / Otanewainuku Date: November 04, 2009, 02:36:25 PM
Nice little walk this, bagged it today as part of a double mission with Ngongotaha. Fantastic view for such a quick climb (only took me 25min to get up the ridge. Good little walk, will definitely head back at some point.
You can get there from the Rotorua side too- it's only about 9km on the gravel once you turn of SH36 (Pyes Pa Rd). Satnav does help round those parts though!
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