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Fantham's Peak / Fanthams Peak report update
« on: April 08, 2017, 01:46:58 PM »
Bagged 12th March 2004

Baldy, Mt / Baldy trip report
« on: April 08, 2017, 01:44:02 PM »
Bagged 10th September 2011

Bald Knob / Bald Knob
« on: April 08, 2017, 01:40:11 PM »
Bagged 16th December 2010

Bald Knob / Bald Knob
« on: April 08, 2017, 01:38:48 PM »
Updating trip report - Bagged 16th December 2010 as part of the Lake Waiaremona circuit.

Hirakimata / Mt Hobson Great Barrier Island
« on: April 08, 2017, 01:26:32 PM »
Friday Ė Took the 4.5Hr Sealink ferry ride from Auckland to Tryphena Harbour and drove our vehicle to the carpark at the start of Forrest Road track.  This track is a forestry dirt road all the way to Kaiaraara Hut which could be walked at night.  Make sure you divert up the Maungapiko peak but donít take the Kiwiriki track that says the hut 4Hrs unless you want to add another 2Hrs to the tramp so instead carry on up the Forrest road track which only took us 3:35mins from start to hut.
Saturday- Took the beautiful upper Kaiaraara track, diverting an additional 90minute to and from Coopers Castle which I felt was worthwhile and arrived on the Mt Hobson (or Hirakimata) platform 4.0Hrs tramping time from the hut.  There are a lot of steps up going clockwise verse the normal anti-clock, Hobson has amazing views.  Mt Heale hut is only a further 30minutes walk.  We climbed to top of Mt Heale (there are no tracks and it is not for the faint hearted) due to the short day.
Sunday-Taking the Peach Tree then onto the Tramline track we descended down to  the Kaitoke Hot Springs for a soak.  There are many pools to choose if you walk up the side track.  We then walked the 15minutes back up Tramline track again and took the connecting track left back to the Forrest Road track to where we left our vehicle.  I recommend this lovely walk rather than the open unshaded 2.2Kms metal road. 
A wonderful tramp around the Aotea circuit, donít forget to book the huts online ($15/night).  I was able to get a ferry for 4 people and a vehicle for only $400 but donít forget to take a book to read and camera there are lots of islands to see.

Karangahake / Karangahake
« on: November 26, 2013, 12:19:13 PM »
From Dickies Flat Doc camp we ran the trail used for the annual Blackmores Xterra trail challenge and added a detour from the back of the mountain to the summit and back to Dickies flat.  Approx 20km and approx 2.5hours including the stops.  Great views to be had and an awesome route to get some hill training in.

Ruapehu, Mt / Tahurangi Summit
« on: October 26, 2013, 03:59:38 PM »
To make sure Mt Ruapehu was officially bagged I summited Tahurangi (2797) which is the highest point on Mt Ruapehu and North Island for that mater.  Crampons and Ice pick a must in Oct.  From Turoa ski field car park to top of High noon Express it took just 1Hr 50.  Head towards the ridgeline on the RHS of the Gliding Gladys (see gut to ridge line to the Tahurangi summit.  Awesome views on a blue sky day but not for the faint hearted.

Tutamoe, Mt / Mt Tutamoe
« on: August 09, 2013, 01:18:59 PM »
Use GPS address 2418 Tangowahine Valley which is about 1km after the forestry road Tainui and before the bridge.  The track is allegedly closed due to logging.  From car park the entire hill has now just been felled of all pines taking the track markers with it. So if you decide to do this then do so on a Sunday when the logging activity is having a weekend break.  Until the logs are cleared I recommend walking up the Forrest road called Tainui, stay on this main metal road until you get to a fence line fencing off native bush and forms the LHS ridge line that heads up to the Tutamoe cone.  Once over the fence and into the bush the track is quite nice but gets really steep as you ascend the cone to the summit as is worthy of a peak to bag.  I suspect the views are great but not this day. 

Having bagged this final peak I now officially have only two North Island peaks left being Great Barrier and Kapiti Island completing the 59 of 61 on current list. This looks like the end of peak bagging for me as the South Island travel expenses are prohibitive.  The great walks are likely now to be my next  list to complete.  So long peak baggers, I hope this website will cause me to see more kiwis instead of tourists on our awesome back country tracks. 

Hauturu / Hauturu Highpoint
« on: August 09, 2013, 02:37:37 AM »
Hauturu Trig:  From our overnight stay in Whangarei using GPS address 654 Waiotemarama George Road we arrived at a Doc sign just over a small bridge indicating Waima Forest.  We parked the car before the bridge opposite the craft shop & elephant statue.  Doc sign indicates Hauturu Highpoint 3.5Hr, Junction 4Hr, Framptons Hut 5Hr.  Take your camera as 15min in there is an awesome waterfall and just a bit further on huge Kauris.  A kauri loop track fork takes 10min going Right or 20min going left to meet up at the same junction and Doc sign.  The sign indicates Hauturu Highpoint is 2Hrs, Hut is 3Hrs. The track becomes steep from this point.  At the trig junction turnoff another Doc sign indicates Summit 2Min, Junction 30Min, Rd exist 2Hr and Hut 1Hr.  We had come for the night and so had 15kg packs on and it took us about 2Hr.  You need to climb the trig for views. 
Heading off for Te Raupua summit we left our packs at the next junction and powered along a highway track to reach the highest point in Northland 1.5Hr later. No views are to be had but itís worth the bragging rights and the many snails you will see on the way.  Back to our packs at the  Waima main track junction it was only 30min to Framptons Hut.  A large 6 plus bunk, solid, wood fire, quaint that is well worth a night at.  We tramped back to the car the next day for our next destination being Mt Tutamoe.
Te Raupua should be on the list. Itís very similar to Te Toikawharu in that itís a highpoint without views but has bragging rights and easy and do able if travelling light or overnighting at the hut.  Iíd therefore consider coming from Wekaweka Road end, via Ora Ora saddle, Te Raupua summit to the Hauturu trig and back home or overnight at the hut.   

General Discussion / Hakarimata
« on: June 10, 2013, 10:02:39 AM »
This track has recently been upgraded to a very high standard.  Its now steps and gravel to the new summit viewing platform.  I do recommend it the peak bagging list for families and for fitness training. Today was the first time for me on the new track which took 23min up and 40min return.  Well sign posted.

Auckland, Mt / Mt Auckland
« on: April 07, 2013, 12:45:00 PM »
Well sign posted from Kaipara Coast Highway, use 50 Kaipara Hills Rd for GPS.  A toilet is located top of metal farm track; stay left along fence line until you cross from private to public bush line.  A viewing platform with awesome views over Kaipara Harbour and Hoteo Estuary wait by the trig.  Took only 45mins each way from car park off Hills road.

Humphries / Mt Humphries Easter 2013
« on: April 02, 2013, 07:52:01 AM »
Had a scenic back road trip between Hunterville and Wanganui  having just bagged Mt Mangaweka in the Ruahine ranges (see post). 

The Matemateaonga track would be awesome for a family intro to the bush as its very flat though a wee bit easy for a seasoned peak bagger.  From the Kohi Saddle car park (about 13 KM past Murkott Rd) make sure you donít walk past the orange markers on your left fence line as you walk up the metal driveway.  It took 1:10Hr to arrive at Omaru hut, 1Hr to a grass clearing/old track intersection  which would be ideal for camping, 50min to the Mt Humpries track junction and 50min to the summit.  Bearing in mind we had 15kg packs in the dark to arrive and pitch tents by mid night 3Hrs in total.  Quite doable at night up to the Mt turn off due to the track being like a main road (to us at least) but is harder to spot the orange makers up the assent to the summit.  The summit is open flat land and an awesome place to camp.  Low cloud robbed us of what would have been incredible views the next day. 

Had planned to complete the Puteore hut circuit but just didn't feel up for a 9Hr tramp with a long drive home so instead we had a great road trip back on the Forgotten Highway stopping off at Whangamomona for a tavern meal, purchased our passports and got them stamped and drove out via Ohura back to Hamilton.

Mangaweka / Mt Mangaweka Easter 2013
« on: April 02, 2013, 06:59:54 AM »
Use GPS address 550 Mangakuke Rd to get to car park (has a long drop toilet). 

There are two tracks that can be taken to get onto the ridge line from this car park. Either straight ahead via Purity hut or the track off to the right passing near the Kelly Knight hut.  NB!!!  Both tracks cross private sheep farm land and both owners request you call (see Doc site) for permission.  The Purity hut land owner may likely refuse entry (unless bribed with a bottle of wine) so try nicer owner via Kelly Knight track.  Both will refuse during lambing season in Oct which is fair enough.

We took the Purity hut track up via the exposed sheep paddocks (follow orange markers on your left up the fence line) to arrive at bush line 40min later. We caught up with 5 others who missed the route and arrived at same point 1:40hr later so take heed.  So car park to Purity hut 1:50hr, Purity hut to Wooden peg  junction 55min, Wooden Peg to summit via Iron peg 35min (3Hr:20min with 15kg packs).  We reassembled the trig for a photo before returning back to a pile of 4x4s.  Clear day so great views. A few tarns to drink from but if low visibility it would be easy to miss the trig point and get confused on one of the many high tussock mounds (stay right).

We then took the Kelly Knight track to arrive at the hut for the night 2hrs later and tramped out the next morning to drive over to the Whanganui National park to bag (under torch light) and camp on the Mt Mangaweka summit just before midnight, see Mt Mangaweka post.

Kapakapanui / Kapakapanui 1102m, Tararua Ranges
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:10:03 PM »
3Hrs from Elder hut to Renate hut (an old, cold, rat infested hut with a fire, Elder hut recommended).  30min West of hut you cross a metal 4WD track, ensure you cross over to the far side and stay left not down the track itself, some fools have destroyed the Doc signs.  The track from here to Mt Kapakapanui was boggy and an arduous climb up to the summit which took 2:40 from Renate hut.  Nice views if weather was clear but not this day.  The Doc sign indicates 3-4Hr to Renata, 3-4Hrs to Ngatiawa Rd & 1 Hr. to Kapakapanui hut from the trig.  I took the non-hut track i.e. Southern most track and was out in 1:44.  There is no cell Ph coverage in the Ngatiawa valley so arrange a lift beforehand.  There are 4 stream crossings at the start of the track so be wary if itís been raining.  Total time from Elder hut was 6:25. This completes 12 peaks in 6 days I now really need some more up in the Waikato area as Iím running out of peaks in the North Island.

Hector, Mt / Mt Hector 1529, Tararua Ranges
« on: January 05, 2013, 09:08:16 PM »
Solo:  Starting at Otaki Forks end with 15KG overnight pack on a wind warning day tramped 2Hrs to Field hut (the oldest public hut in the Tararuas, well built with a fire). 1:40 arrived at Kime hut, low visibility very cold, nobody around. :45min to Mt Hector Gale force winds tossed me around like a rag doll near impossible just to hold a camera semi still, clouded in and damp mist.  1:20 to Alpha intersection and another 1:20 down to Elder hut arriving around 4pm after 7:45 tramp from Otaki.  4pm is a bit early for me but I was exhausted after battling the head winds along the dress circle ridgeline so opted to stop at this very modern 4 bunks biviy for the night.  The hut rocked all night and the winds were deafening that I was actually concerned that it might be ripped open during the night but the wire cables did their job and held it down. Excellent cell ph. Coverage so highly recommend this hut. 

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