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Belmont Trig

Belmont Trig is the highest point in Wellington’s Belmont Regional Park, which lies between Porirua and the Hutt Valley. The park contains many points of historic interest (e.g. Korokoro dam, WW2 ammunition stores, and an old coach road), as well as magnificent views over greater Wellington. The park is also home to Boulder Hill, and it is possible to perform a double peak bagging in a single day walk along the hills.

List Status Official
Elevation 457?m?(1,499?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Wellington
Location Coordinates 41? 11′ 0″ S, 174? 52′ 26″ E
Nearest Town/s Lower Hutt, Wellington
LINZ Topographic map/s BQ32 Lower Hutt
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2-3 hours (return)
Distance 7.5?km?(4.7?mi)
Start/End Points Stratton St, Maungaraki
Difficulty Help.gif Easy
Track conditions Help.gif Track
Season Help.gif All year
Sights Views , Views of Lower Hutt, Porirua, Wellington
Hazards High winds , Changeable Weather

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Our Recommended Route

There are many options for reaching Belmont Trig:

  • Stratton St – This is shortest and quickest option for bagging Belmont Trig. You simply leave the Stratton St carpark, and follow the track up to the trig.
  • Oakleigh St – 4 hours – This track leaves the Oakleigh Street park entrance, descends to the Korokoro Dam, and then climbs via Baked Beans Bend to the Belmont Trig (457m).
  • Cornish St – Korokoro Stream Track – 3 hours – If you wish to bag the trig from near sea level, you can follow an old steel pipeline up the Korokoro Valley.
  • Cannons Head Track – 4 hours – From the Porirua side of the Belmont hills, you can enter at the Cannons Creek Lake Reserve, climb to Takapu Road, and then connect with the ridge track that links Belmont Trig and Cannons Head.
  • Puke Ariki/Haywards Korokoro Traverse – 7-8 hours – For a full day walk (on which you can also bag Boulder Hill), you can start from the Dry Creek ?Haywards? park entrance, and walk along the tops all the way Belmont Trig, before heading down the Korokoro Valley and to Cornish St in Petone. To do this walk, you can park at the Petone train station, then take the Hutt Valley line to Manor Park station to start your walk back up and over the hills. Be warned however, a good map and navigation skills are recommended for this trip, as there are a maze of tracks in Belmont Park, and not all are signposted. You may well end up descending at some point well before you want to!

You can read more details on all of these tracks at Belmont Regional Park Walking and tramping tracks.

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Baldy, Mt

Situated just above Te Rereatukahia Hut, Mt Baldy is a tussock covered peak on the ridgeline of the Kaimai Ranges. Although there are higher peaks nearby, Mt Baldy is the most accessible, and provides tremendous views across the Hauraki Plains to the west, and over the Bay of Plenty to the east.

List Status Official
Elevation 735?m?(2,411?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 37? 35′ 1″ S, 175? 49′ 37″ E
Nearest Town/s Katikati, Tauranga
LINZ Topographic map/s BC35 Paeroa
Range Kaimai
Geology Volcano
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 6-8 hours (return)
Distance 9.0?km?(5.6?mi)
Start/End Points Hot Springs Road, off SH 2 (just south of Katikati)
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Path, Track
Season Help.gif All year
Sights Views , Views to Hauraki Plains, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui & Mayor Island; Te Rereatukahia Hut

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The circuit from Hot Springs Road to Mt Baldy and back to Hot Springs Road can be done in either direction, or as a simple return journey. If you prefer a steeper ascent, and a gentler descent, then following the walk anticlockwise is recommended.

The track to Te Rereatukahia Hut is 50 m before the road-end carpark. You drop down to a river which you have to cross, then follow the track to a stand of kauri trees. After the stand, the track gets steeper, and then undulates across a series of saddles. The track meets a junction and becomes the main track, then climbs to the ridge-top and the Rereatukahia Hut (2-3 hours).

Follow the main track until you reach a side track on the right which leads to Mt. Baldy. The track may be overgrown, so you may have to push through some vegetation. The vegetation becomes tussocky and eventually you reach the summit of Mt. Baldy. Great views of the Kaimai Range and the Bay of Plenty can be seen from this viewpoint.

At this point you can simple return the way you came, or complete the loop by continuing to follow the main north-south track. Eventually you reach a four-way junction where you join the Tuahu Track which leads you back to Hot Springs Road.
If you are keen, at the four-way junction (where you join Tuahu Track) you can also do a 30 minute side trip up Kakarahi Knob (641 m).

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References

101greattramps-cover.jpg 101 Great Tramps in New Zealand, Mark Pickering and Rodney Smith, Reed Publishing NZ Ltd. (2004), See pages 046-047

Arete

Traditionally one of the highest points on the formidable ‘Northern Crossing’ of the Tararuas, Arete can be bagged in a return journey if you prefer (although there is little to be gained by doing so). Any trip to the tops of the Tararuas can be a difficult undertaking for the average tramper, but in clear, still weather (which is rare), a trip to the summit of Arete is highly rewarding.

List Status Official
Elevation 1,505?m?(4,938?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Wellington
Location Coordinates 40? 44′ 47″ S, 175? 26′ 2″ E
Nearest Town/s Levin, Eketahuna, Masterton, Wellington
LINZ Topographic map/s BN34 Shannon
Range Tararuas
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 2-3 days (one way)
Distance 34?km?(21.1?mi)
Start/End Points Putara Rd/Poads Rd
Difficulty Help.gif Very Hard
Track conditions Track
Season Help.gif Oct to Apr
Sights Views , Tararua tops
Hazards Alpine weather, Mist, High winds, Exposed track/risk of falling

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Although it would be possible to bag Arete on a return trip, you may as well take the opportunity to complete an entire crossing of the northern Tararuas from east to west. This is because Arete is located smack bang in the middle of the most direct Northern Crossing route, which starts from Putara Rd on the eastern side, and ends at Poads Rd on the western side. Once at the Arete summit, you could return back down to Putara Rd, but the distance is roughly the same down to Poads Rd, so there is little to be gained by backtracking.

The most direct Northern Crossing route starts from Putara Rd, passes Herepai Hut (10 bunks), then heads up onto the Dundas Ridge, Dundas Hut (6 bunks), and Dundas trig (1500m). The route then continues along the ridge and up the tussock slopes of Arete (1505m). From the summit, the route descends via Te Matawai Hut (20 bunks) and Waiopehu Hut (18 bunks) and finally out at Poads Rd. Shaun Barnett, in his book ‘North Island Weekend Tramps’, gives a comprehensive description of this route over Arete, and as much of it is unmarked, we advise consulting it for detailed directions! See North Island Weekend Tramps, Shaun Barnett, Craig Potton Publishing (2002) pg 123.

The timings for this route are as follows (thanks to ‘North Island Weekend Tramps’)?:

  • Putara Rd to Herepai Hut – 2 hours
  • Herepai Hut to Dundas Hut – 5 to 7 hours
  • Dundas Hut to Arete – 3 hours
  • Arete to Te Matawai Hut – 2.5 hours
  • Te Matawai Hut to Waiopehu Hut – 3 hours
  • Waiopehu Hut to Poads Rd – 3 hours

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References

Weekendnorth-cover.jpg North Island Weekend Tramps (Bird’s Eye Guides), Shaun Barnett. (2008), See pages?123-126

Auckland, Mt

Despite its name, Mt Auckland is not located in the heart of Auckland city itself. Nevertheless , Mt Auckland is one the Auckland region’s highest baggable peaks, and the summit provides panoramic views of Kaipara Harbour and Hoteo River estuary. A climb up Mt Auckland peak makes a great half day tramp.

 

List Status Official
Elevation 305?m?(1,001?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Auckland
Location Coordinates 36? 26′ 43″ S, 174? 27′ 20″ E
Nearest Town/s Warkworth, Auckland
LINZ Topographic map/s AZ30 Kaipara Harbour
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 1.5 hours (return)
Distance 7?km?(4.3?mi)
Start/End Points Glorit-Kaipara Hills Rd
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Marked Route
Season Help.gif Oct to July (closed for lambing Aug/Sept)
Sights Views
Hazards Mud

 

Well sign posted from Kaipara Coast Highway, this track starts from Kaipara Hills Rd.

The first part is over farmland and apart from a short steep bit was fairly easy to negotiate. The track disappears into the bush and even in rain you are well covered and would hardly notice.

Up by the trig, there’s a viewing platform with awesome views over the Kaipara Harbour. You can also see Mt Tatamoe, Bream Head, Hen and Chickens, Dome Summit, Mt Tamahunga, Little Barrie and the Coromandel.

For more information on the walk and access information, see Mt Auckland Atuanui Walkway at the DOC website.

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Bald Knob

Also known as Puketapu/Panekiri Bluff

Bald Knob is a 1155m trig situated on the Panekiri Bluffs, on the 3-4 day Lake Waikaremoana Track, a New Zealand ‘Great Walk’. Although not the highest point on the bluffs (that is at Panekiri Hut, at the 1180m Puketapu), Bald Knob offers great views over lake Waikaremoana and can be bagged in a 6 hour day trip. Panekiri Hut is two hours further walking, for an altitude gain of only 25m, so we have chosen Bald Knob as our offical peakbagging.co.nz destination. If you plan to complete the full Lake Waikaremoana circuit, or overnight in Panekiri Hut, you will of course bag the 1180m Puketapu trig on your way.

List Status: Official
Elevation 1,155?m?(3,789?ft)
Location/List North Island, New Zealand
Region Bay of Plenty/East Coast
Location Coordinates 38? 47′ 40″ S, 177? 4′ 9″ E
Nearest Town/s Aniwaniwa, Wairoa, Napier, Gisborne
NZ Topographic map/s BG40 Waikaremoana
Range Panekiri Range
Geology Sedimentary
Recommended Route
Duration Help.gif 6-8 hours (return)
Distance 9.2?km?(5.7?mi)
Start/End Points Onepoto Redoubt
Difficulty Help.gif Medium
Track conditions Help.gif Track, Scramble
Season Help.gif All Year
Sights Views, Lakes
Hazards Mist, Exposed track/risk of falling

 

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The tramp leaves from the historic Onepoto ‘Armed Constabulary Redoubt’, and then heads up the first trig, at 964m. It undulates along the ridge before climbing again to Bald Knob at 1155m. You start the walk an altitude of 600m, so the height gain is not as much as many peak bagging trips.

Allow 3-4 hours to reach the Bald Knob summit, and 6 hours for the return journey.

Although classified as a ‘Great Walk’, this is more of a ‘tramp’, than a ‘walk’. There are steep sections with tree roots and mud to negotiate.

Bald Knob itself can be a little tricky to find, as there are no signposts or obvious markers. For this reason, it is a good idea to take a guided tour. Walking Legends operate tours to Bald Knob, and Rob from Walking Legends has kindly provided the following information about locating Bald Knob (thanks also to Aloof Rambler).

“the best kept secret on the lake waikaremoana track! It took me several seasons of guiding before I spotted it. Gleaning info from guides, such as the best spots, is of course a major reason for going guided! That and the fact that you have a lite pack and a glass of wine and delicious meal awaiting you at each hut. It is a little difficult to point out any significant land marks, however I can offer this advice: about one hour from the bluffs look out for a patch of bush on the eastward side of the ridge (and track) that is lower and more wind stunted than the gnarled old silver beech trees elsewhere. A fire went through here years ago. From the track you can look straight out over this stunted region and have quite good views of the Hawkes Bay farmland. From this point you hang a right off the track, walk under the tall beech trees through grass out to the cliff edge, about 30 metres. Viola! There you have it. If you find yourself walking through a water worn trough in the track that is overhead, you have just missed it!” Rob from Walking Legends

Further information on the walk to Bald Knob is available in the Bald Knob forum and at:

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