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Bream Head / Wild Kiwi Trail Run
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:54:24 PM »
I did this one as part of the Wild Kiwi Trail Run, a great event that includes multi-sport options, but I stuck with the running-only event that was challenging in it's own right. We started at Urquharts Bay and ran around the headland before climbing what felt like a million steps to Mt Lion. After running along the ridge for a while we climbed again, this time up to the highest point. Then we had a sharp descent to Ocean Beach, trying to watch our footing and take in the breathtaking views out over the water. We started returning via Ocean Beach Road, but them climbed again up the Peach Cove track and returned via Mt Lion and this time we got to go down all those steps. A fantastic part of the country - not to be missed.
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Karioi / Mt Karioi Trail Run - Twice in one day!
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:37:08 PM »
I did this one as part of the Mt Karioi Trail Run, where the main event involves climbing the mountain twice in one day. We started with the Wairake Track which took us across farmland before we entered the bush for a steep climb to the summit. It was so steep in places that it was more of a scamble than a running event at times. Then we descended via the Mt Karioi Track, before running to the northern flank and climbing again via a 3rd (private?) track and finally descending the Wairake Track and back to the start/finish line. As awesome race in an awesome location.
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Ngauruhoe, Mt / Breathtaking views from Ngaurahoe
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:29:26 PM »
I did this one as a helper with a group of kids from our church. We walked into Mangatepopo Hut after dark on Friday, and it was my first time tramping in the mountains, so I was stunned to step out of the hut early the next morning to be greeted by the sight of a snow-covered Tongariro and Ngaurahoe towering above us. We started in our boots but quickly transitioned into crampons as the snow got thicker. Most of the part pressed on to Ketetahi hut, but a few of us decided to climb Ngaurahoe. It was quite an effort but the views were stunning and it was surreal to stand on the upper slopes and look out over Tongariro. We spent a couple of nights at Ketetahi, and we were able to explore the northern cratar, before finally walking out.
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Rangitoto / Showing off Auckland's finest to our US Aunt
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:16:51 PM »
Our aunt was visiting from the US, so we thought it would be a great idea to show off the Auckland's fabulous harbour and climb one of the cities icons - Rangitoto. After a short ferry ride we started the climb and stopped off at the lava caves and explored them by torchlight. Then we continued to top where we rested and enjoyed the extensive views out over the harbour and across to the city. Upon descending we had a look at the old baches on the shoreline, before taking the return ferry.
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Pinnacles, The / Overnighting at the Pinnacles with the boys
« Last post by andrewcavill on November 25, 2019, 03:07:19 PM »
Did this one with my 2 boys, aged 8 and 10 at the time. We started after lunch and the boys had great fun with the river crossings, mostly preferring to skip the bridges and instead rock hop their way across. The climbing was made easy by the step cut into rocks and the quality of the track, and the views were great. We left our stuff at the hut and carried on to the summit, the boys again having fun on the ladders built into the rocks. It was overcast, which meant we couldn't see too far, but the rock formations were still interesting. After overnighting at the hut, we walked out the next morning.
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Dome Summit / Dome It (Dome Summit)
« Last post by Lostcourse on July 17, 2019, 05:21:34 AM »
I met up with a group of geocachers in the morning at the the cafe near the start of the track. After a morning tea we organised for some cars to be relocated to Waiwhiu Rd so we could walk the greater part of this track after the summit. We climbed up to the look out, which has recently been upgrade, and took in the views. From here the track becomes more "tramp" like and we continued the ascent to the summit. I enjoyed the sections that took us through some rock features. After gaining the summit it was off to the Kauri grove thanks to the recent track upgrades (board walks). From here we descended out to Waihiu Rd, then to the locked gate where the taxi cars were parked. All up it was an enjoyable day out!
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Pinnacles, The / Tackling the Pinnacles
« Last post by MrsRush on February 28, 2019, 11:34:20 AM »
Did the Pinnacles with a dear friend in one day. We started off early in the morning, heading out of Auckland and started the climb at 7:30 am. We found that a lot of work has been done lately due to the storms had damaged the track down the bottom. There are a few areas where climbing is required and feels like most part, you are just climbing stairs. Reached the top and had a quick lunch before heading back down. Did the trip in 7 hours. It is definitely one of the easy and most well-maintained tracks.
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Urchin / Tramping with kids
« Last post by MrsRush on February 28, 2019, 11:28:38 AM »
We were visiting the area and found that this particular walk would be relatively easy. So with three children (ages 3, 6, 10), we started our walk. Turned out to be a little harder than originally thought and with a fair bit of effort and bribery, we all reached the top. It was a shame that it was overcast and light rain as seeing the white-tipped mountains would have made the view awesome! Glad that we packed the right gear as the weather turned and we walked back down in the rain and feeling cold.
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Ruapehu, Mt / Mt Ruapehu - Dome Summit
« Last post by ivars on February 17, 2019, 10:01:23 AM »
30th December 2016

The weather seemed quite alright but the day was not very young anymore, I figured that I need to start going for the summit as quick as possible hence chose to do the chairlifts up to Knoll Ridge Cafe. Quite expensive, at 35$ now but it was for the best, I guess. I had never taken alpine ski chairlifts before anyway, so that was a cool experience!

At 11:20 I began to hike up the track only to realize 20 minutes later that I have taken the wrong one up. I had started to go up the one that leads to Pinnacle Ridge. Not the cache I was after today... Ascent to the Crater Lake could also be possible via Pinnacle Ridge but I had no information or saved tracks for that, so went back down.
Half an hour wasted on this little warm-up, I re-started from KR Cafe around 11:50. I was armed only with the OSM recommended track on my GPS and decided that it would be the best to follow it as closely as I could. I saw quite a few people heading up Pinnacle Ridge (factor that mislead me in the first place) but when I started on the real Crater Lake climb, everyone disappeared. I saw one guy coming down, all geared up with trekking poles and ice spikes and was still unaware how snowy the top actually was.
For the first part, it was easy to find rocky ridges and not to go up on snow but then at some point all of the rocks disappeared and I was left on a blinding white snow slope. My greatest shortcoming for this climb became clear - I had forgotten to take any sunglasses.
For about the next 3,5 hours I walked with squinted eyes most of the time, rejoicing over the fog and clouds that came over when normally those would be more worrying for me, meaning that the weather could turn and I'd have to abandon the hill. I first saw someone who was also going up only at 13:20, close to the Dome already. That was a Kiwi guy named Paul who was contemplating on how to go further. That was this point -39.270554, 175.562615. Normal route on the final ridge was all snowy and he had seen that the guide chose to lead his group down from that point and up a snowy slope further ahead. We decided to give the ridge a go because going down and then up the steep snow slope didn't sound fun, especially for my shoes. Eventually I still made over the ridge alright with my basic hiking boots.
Just before reaching the shelter we encountered a guided group, coming down and then, at the Dome Shelter there was a small crew of climbers. That's everyone I met on the way up!
From the shelter the view was marvelous and I could also see some snowboarders and skiers on surrounding slopes.

So much snow still! I didn't realize that the front door opens separately on top and bottom and went in the shelter through the chimney. Truth was that the top part could still be opened.
My eyes enjoyed the darkness but it was time to move on.

We chose a different route down instead of backtracking. And, boy that was a fun one! We went down to the glacial field from Dome, avoiding the ridge and came back to the decision point where we met up before. From there we went to the ski slopes and had some proper winter fun, sliding down the hill on our bums! The black rubbish bag that I had wisely taken helped me to reach a maximum speed of 33km/h!

I hadn't even thought about making it back in time to go down with the chairlifts but due to the lucky coincidence of them working a bit longer today and our fast descent, we even made it to have a lift back down at 4:30pm! Normally they work until 4pm, I think.

What a fun day!
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Rangitoto / Rangitoto kayak and tramp
« Last post by lloydy on August 30, 2018, 04:23:32 PM »
Done the walk up Rangitoto several times in recent years, always after kayaking across and staying at the campsite at Motutapu.  Some great views from the top of Rangitoto when it's clear, both to the city, the Islands and distant Coromandel.
Well worth camping on Motutapu too, and a walk around the perimeter of this grassy island, beaches on the northern side.
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