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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Maungatautari / Roots and Mud Date: June 07, 2011, 02:44:35 AM
Got to the Northern entrance for Mount Maungatautari and did the short Northern Enclosure Loop - Maungatautari is enclosed by a predator proof DOC fence.

Went to the main gate and it said that the 'Over the Mountain Trail' was closed, however as I was only going to the summit and there was no-one to tell me otherwise, I pushed on.

At first you are climbing the road for about a km, thinking "this will be cruizy if it stays like this", then you turn up the trail and 'up' is the operative word, good steady steep climb, lots of roots and more and more mud the higher you go.

Sopmetimes you are climbing roots as you would climb a ladder. Took 48 minutes to the summit and just about as long coming down due to the precarious roots and mud.

Only disappointing thing was the lack of any viewpoints, the write-up on DOC's site promised views of Karapiro and the Waikato, but that must have been before the trees grew as there was no hint of a picture opportunity.

Overall an ok climb, my knees told me it was tough, but spoiled by the lack of a lookout.
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Bream Head / Fresh Air... Date: April 26, 2011, 04:16:36 PM
...and small trails, dodgy in places for my size 11 feet, nice walk though and very enjoyable, not too much of a strain.
3  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Maunganui, Mt / Nice... Date: April 26, 2011, 04:09:54 PM
Nice day, pretty cruisy walk with my daughter Kate.
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Whakapoungakau / The Long Way... Date: April 26, 2011, 04:05:46 PM
I must be nuts... training for an off-road Marathon (the T42), I started the Okataina Trail at Rotoiti at the very beginning of the trail, 6 and a bit km's and some good climbs and I got to the Education centre, then on to the summit and a quick detour out to the Trig... a drink and a bite and on down the trail the last 11kms to Millar Road and into Okareka.

As I said... I must be nuts!
5  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Karangahake / Don't Just Walk It.... Date: April 26, 2011, 03:49:48 PM
The Xterra Waihi off-road Half marathon event will let you run (or walk) all the way to the top... I did it at the end of last year and will happily add it to my 'bagged' list.

It is a great way to bag the Mt with 4 (or was it 5) swing bridge crossings, one tunnel and not one but 2 big climbs.

6  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Te Aroha / Te Aroha by Accident... Date: April 26, 2011, 03:30:33 PM
Two days after the Kingsgate Rotorua Off-Road Half Marathon, I needed a gentle loosen up. I was in the area so I thought I would go for a gentle walk up the Te Aroha trail for a quick loosen up... well it was a great day, the more I walked the better I felt and next thing, just over an hour later I was on top!

Awesome 360 degree views. Walked down the road for about half the way then linked to another trail across to the Domain again... that trail was a bit dodgy in one place in particular over a stream... but I made it without breaking my neck (just).

Great climb, highly recommended
7  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Ngongotaha, Mt / For Views Date: February 18, 2011, 08:20:50 AM
Once you get to the top, you need to head down the old sealed road for a km or so, very gentle gradient and you will get fabulous views right down the length of Lake Rotorua and on a clear day way way further.

As I live on Mt Ngongotaha I have 'bagged' this trail about 30 or so times, usually as a loop, either running up the road to the top of the trail and down or vice versa, the loop is just about right on 10km.
8  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Otanewainuku / Otanewainuku Date: April 19, 2010, 12:09:35 PM
My 12 year old daughter Kate and I found this a nice stroll after Mt Tauhara a couple of weeks back. Great day and a nice walk. Dry underfoot made it easy and awesome views. About 30 minutes to the top - included stopping to get pics of a North Island Robin who came to say hello - then about 15 minutes back down again.

There is a 45 min walk through the rimus on the other side of the road... might try that with the rest of the family who don't like climbing. Nice cafe/Art gallery just a couple of hundred metres further up Mountain Road
9  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Whakapoungakau / What a Great Day for a Climb Date: March 22, 2010, 11:10:30 AM
My 12 year old daughter and I decided to give this climb a go. After a steep start she was ready to call it quits about 1.5km in... however "just another 500m or so..." turned into getting right to the trig.

Wonderful views on Lake Rotorua, Lake Rotoiti and plenty of the coast made it well worth while. My Garmin wrist GPS told me the trip was just over 9.5 km and took us a little over two hours of steady walking.

Well worth the effort.... and only discovered because of this site...thanks!
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