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Otanewainuku / Mt Otanewainuku
« on: June 12, 2011, 04:20:13 PM »
Car park just past Seales Rd from Pyes Pa if using a car GPS.  A pretty and delightful walk, great for young kids, had been raining all night but the track was dry with leaves underfoot.  There has been car break in problems so locals do a voluntary car watch but still take caution.  23min brisk walk up taking the ridge track to trig RHS at the loop intersection and 18min jog down via 40m high Kahikatea tree return loop track.  Awesome views from the platform and some grand old trees to admire both up and down.  

Ngongotaha, Mt / Mt Ngongotaha
« on: May 23, 2011, 03:02:47 PM »
This was our 3rd peak for the day so was getting dark.  Carpark located 400m past Pukehehangi Rd intersection on the Paradise Valley Rd.  Take and stay on the Jubilee track, stay straight at Nature walk interestion and complete the walk via Mountain Rd to summit.  No Trig to be found or any views.  Easy to Moderate fitness required, well formed track, not a recommended walk for anything other than a solid workout, no views and only a 40m Rata of interest to look at.  37Min brisk walk up, 25Min slow jog down in the dark.

Whakapoungakau / Mt Whakapoungakau
« on: May 23, 2011, 02:51:21 PM »
Carpark located at education centre about half way along Lake Okataina (which is worth a look too).  Track starts through information pavillion and walk straight ahead, dont turn off this track until the 1st main junction and turn right (stay right always and you will be fine).  There is an amazing old tree stump just before the Whakapoungakau junction that is worth a photo. Turn right at juction to the summit that has 360deg views if you get elevated.  1Hr15Min up & 45Min down.  Part of the NZ walkway trail so is very well formed and excellent underfoot.  Moderate fitness recommended but well worth the effort.

Rainbow Mountain / Rainbow Mt
« on: May 23, 2011, 02:39:07 PM »
Carpark located opposite Lake Ngahewa.  Doc sign says 1.5hr to summit took 1Hr up & 45Min down.  Interesting views of crater lake and red steaming hills 15Min from start.  Well formed track that was easy for family with 360deg views on a clear day.  Toilets at carpark.  Highly recommended.

Dome Summit / Dome
« on: May 09, 2011, 07:52:49 AM »
Did this with my 70 year old mother for mothers day, great walk and scenery recommend for learning the different variety of native trees.  Great view 40min return.

Zion, Mt / Mt Zion
« on: May 09, 2011, 03:52:48 AM »
From Buck Taylor car park via Zion Ridge track to the lookout call Mt Zion.  Excellent views over Manukau heads wild coast line 20min.  Return via Zion Hill>Buck Taylor track to car park.  Would be nice if dry underfoot, some more views, nice forest, would re do on a dry week.

William, Mt / Mt William
« on: May 09, 2011, 03:41:19 AM »
From Irish Rd carpark climb steady through paddocks to toilet,picnic area very lovely.  Nice bush to upper paddocks then onto trig 38min up 20min down if fit.  Awesome views over Bombay, Mangatawhiri, Pokeno.  This would be a wonderful family introduction to tramping.  Sign says 2 hrs return and closed during August in lambing season.

Te Toiokawharu / Te Toiokawharu
« on: May 09, 2011, 03:17:24 AM »
Buck Taylor carpark to Mt Moiokawharu via Odlin Timber track>Huia ridge>Twin Peaks track 2Hrs.  Boggy, well defined, no views, regenerating forest but there was bird song.  No view at summit, not a track Id ever do again.  Out via Huia Ridge track to Lone Kauri Rd then 4 Km jog to back to car 1Hr30M.

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