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Ngongotaha, Mt / Mt Ngongotaha
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:58:59 PM »
Mt Ngongotaha
I bagged Ngongotaha on the 5th of Sept 09 after I did Rainbow Mountain. I was pleasantly surprised with the Jubilee track, I thought it would be all farm land and pine trees as that's all you see coming in to Rotorua from state highway one. I didn't know there was a nice patch of native bush there. Did the whole track, including the new loop track which is well formed and easy walking. There's a large tree that's fallen across the track about half way up that may be a struggle to get over for some people but all together an enjoyable walk that took two hours.

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Maungatautari / Maungatautari
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:53:03 PM »
Maungatautari
I bagged Maungatautari on the 30th of May 09, started from Hicks rd about 8.30am, headed up access-way across farm paddocks until the predator proof fence where you enter through the right hand gates leading to "Old mountain/Summit Track". Track was very wet and slippery after recent rain. Climbed steadily for about two hours until an intersection about 10 minutes from the summit.
The Rahiri Rd track turns off to the right and is very over grown and not very well marked, but has a good lookout after about an hours hard scramble over and under wind fallen trees. I think the out crop of rock is called Hook nose rock. Another hour back to the main track and then on to the summit.
After a bite to eat I carried on to Pukeatua Peak, good views south from here. Then it's mostly all down hill from here with some very steep sections ending up at Tari Road 8 hours after starting out.
Hard day out but most enjoyable

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Maunganui, Mt / Mt Maunganui
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:47:49 PM »
Mt Maunganui
I've bagged "the Mount" many times over the last fifty odd years, we used to go to the Mount for Christmas for many years and as kids we were all over it. The tracks have improved so much over the years it's an easy walk now.

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Karioi / Mt Karioi
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:45:44 PM »
Mt Karioi
I climbed Mt Karioi on the 23rd of May 09, starting from Te Toto gorge car park. A good steady climb to the first lookout with great views over Raglan. Things got a little harder after that with a lot of up and down. Chain sections over rocky outcrops and a rocky ridge with a big drop off on one side. Beautiful views all the way to the top. 5 hour from the car park to the top and back. Excellent hike, enjoyed every minute of it. Well worth the effort. I did the Te Toto gorge the weekend after, and that was well worth it. It's like walking down into a lost world.

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Kakepuku / Kakepuku
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:43:21 PM »
Kakepuku
I bagged Kakepuku on the 10th of May 09, it was raining. Drove right round the Mountain before I found the car park. The track is very steep and slippery with all the rain, very slow going especially on the way down. Three hour round trip, could be done a lot quicker if dry. Most enjoyable tramp through some nice New Zealand bush.

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Baldy, Mt / Mt Baldy
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:40:50 PM »
Mt Baldy
I bagged Mt Baldy on the 8th of August 09. I started from Wairakau rd, just south of Te Aroha at 8.00am. The track was a bit confusing at the start where you pass through a forestry but once the climb started it was well marked. Early lunch on Mt Baldy at 11.30 then carried on over the Kaimai's down to Hot Springs Rd arriving at 3.00pm. Excellent day out. 

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William, Mt / Mt William
« on: October 19, 2009, 03:28:54 PM »
I climbed Mt William today (18/10/09). I started from McMillan Rd, the track doesn't look like it gets much use. Still, it was easy enough, a bit slippery in places in the bush but easy as on the farm section. One and a half hours overall. Great views from the summit but watch out for the three attack magpies, very scary.   

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Pureora, Mt / Mt Pureora
« on: October 12, 2009, 04:19:13 PM »
I climbed this today (11/10/09 exactly 2hrs there and back, a good pleasant work out. A bit boggy in places but not to bad considering the recent rains, there were a number of wind falls across the track but nothing to bad. Beautiful views from the top made it all worth while.

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Ngongotaha, Mt / Mt Ngongotaha
« on: September 08, 2009, 04:27:10 PM »
I bagged Ngongotaha on the 5th of Sept 09 after I did Rainbow Mountain. I was pleasantly surprised with the Jubilee track, I thought it would be all farm land and pine trees as that's all you see coming in to Rotorua from state highway one. I didn't know there was a nice patch of native bush there. Did the whole track, including the new loop track which is well formed and easy walking. There's a large tree that's fallen across the track about half way up that may be a struggle to get over for some people but all together an enjoyable walk that took two hours. 

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Rainbow Mountain / Rainbow Mountain
« on: September 08, 2009, 03:46:58 PM »
I bagged Rainbow Mountain on the 5th of September 09, fairly easy walk to the summit. For the most part the track is well formed and easy with only a couple of muddy spots. It took me two hours over all, well worth it for the 360 degree views.

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Maunganui, Mt / Mt Maunganui
« on: August 31, 2009, 01:29:44 PM »
I've bagged "the Mount" many times over the last fifty odd years, we used to go to the Mount for Christmas for many years and as kids we were all over it. The tracks have improved so much over the years it's an easy walk now.

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General Discussion / Re: Introduce Yourself
« on: August 31, 2009, 12:47:03 PM »
Hi all, my names Peter and I live in Hamilton. I've done all the local peaks and bush walks around the Waikato and now have to travel further a field for new challenges.
My love of tramping started with geocaching. As I did all the easy caches around Hamilton I started doing the one's that required a walk in the bush. The more I did the more I liked it, now you'll find me out and about most weekends in the bush geocaching and bagging peaks.
Also, I'm in training at the moment as I'm walking the Milford track in March next year.
Cheers, Pete.


 

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Maungatautari / Maungatautari
« on: August 31, 2009, 10:16:32 AM »
I bagged Maungatautari on the 30th of May 09, started from Hicks rd about 8.30am, headed up access-way across farm paddocks until the predator proof fence where you enter through the right hand gates leading to "Old mountain/Summit Track". Track was very wet and slippery after recent rain. Climbed steadily for about two hours until an intersection about 10 minutes from the summit.
The Rahiri Rd track turns off to the right and is very over grown and not very well marked, but has a good lookout after about an hours hard scramble over and under wind fallen trees. I think the out crop of rock is called Hook nose rock. Another hour back to the main track and then on to the summit.
After a bite to eat I carried on to Pukeatua Peak, good views south from here. Then it's mostly all down hill from here with some very steep sections ending up at Tari Road 8 hours after starting out.
Hard day out but most enjoyable

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Kakepuku / Kakepuku
« on: August 26, 2009, 04:28:51 PM »
I bagged Kakepuku on the 10th of May 09, it was raining. Drove right round the Mountain before I found the car park. The track is very steep and slippery with all the rain, very slow going especially on the way down. Three hour round trip, could be done a lot quicker if dry. Most enjoyable tramp through some nice New Zealand bush.

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Karioi / Mt Karioi
« on: August 26, 2009, 03:47:25 PM »
I climbed Mt Karioi on the 23rd of May 09, starting from Te Toto gorge car park. A good steady climb to the first lookout with great views over Raglan. Things got a little harder after that with a lot of up and down. Chain sections over rocky outcrops and a rocky ridge with a big drop off on one side. Beautiful views all the way to the top. 5 hour from the car park to the top and back. Excellent hike, enjoyed every minute of it. Well worth the effort. I did the Te Toto gorge the weekend after, and that was well worth it. It's like walking down into a lost world.

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