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1  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Te Aroha / Te Aroha Date: April 13, 2011, 01:28:42 PM
The climb up started off reasonably difficulty and didn't get any easier!! There was a bit of a view at the first lookout (between the clouds). The bush was scenic which made up for the fact the track was very challenging. Climbing up the rocks and tree roots was hard but fun. There wasn't much of a view at the top due to low cloud. Climb took 1 hr 40 for Mum and I. Dad and Cameron were only 5 minutes behind. Caitlin took about 2 hrs 15, and the rest took 2 1/2 hours. We all decided to take the road down as the track would have been horrible to try and attempt to clamber/slide/trip/stumble/slip/fall down.
We were all proud of our achievement and enjoyed the hot pools to soak our muscles.=-)
2  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Kakepuku / Kakepuku Date: January 11, 2011, 02:11:24 PM
The track starts off in new bush planted on farmland, with lots of grassland birds. After about 10 minutes we went into the bush and the incline rate didn't get any less!!! There were lots of very steep steps, roots and banks to clamber up and over - there was even a chain at one point to help you pull yourself up. There were a few slippery clay parts which would be hazardous in the wet - luckily there hadn't been rain for quite some time.
When you get to the top there is a massive trig tower/viewing platform with great views all around. A pretty sweet-as walk bro!!!
3  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Otanewainuku / Otanewainuku Date: June 14, 2010, 09:21:17 AM
Quite a short walk to the top but nice bush. Fantastic viewing platform but was a bit cloudy for us to see inland. The track was in great condition.
We then did the walk over the other side of the road to the waterfall where my Dad, brother and I braved a quick swim and then had a picnic lunch on the rocks. I think you need to both walks to make the drive worthwhile.
4  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Whakapoungakau / Whakapoungakau Date: June 14, 2010, 09:10:39 AM
Started at Okataina Outdoor Education area. Took 1 hour 10 to trig turn off then further 25 mins to trig. Total climbing to trig 441m, and for return trip, 555m. 55mins from junction back to car.
Biggest, fattest tuis ever at the first junction. Awesome gnarly tree (see photo) just before trig turnoff. Awesome views at summit and a great place for our picnic lunch.
Overall a fantastic walk. 9.9/10
5  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Ngongotaha, Mt / Ngongataha Date: June 11, 2010, 01:30:33 PM
A very well maintained track twisting its way up through the native bush to the summit, but not very rewarding with the only view being a whopping great trasmitting tower  >:(
6  North Island Trip Reports and Comments / Rainbow Mountain / Rainbow Mt Date: June 11, 2010, 10:26:13 AM
The track was in very good condition and the scenery was great - especially as we got above the fog, but below the cloud. Not the greatest track to do in wet conditions, with patches of slippery clay :o
Summit 741m. Climbed 388 in 1hr 15mins, 50mins down, total climb 425m. The thermal lake was beautiful but we couldn't see all of it due to the fog! :-\
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