Explore The Many Fantastic Walking Tracks Available Through Out New Zealand Including The Nine Great Walks.

    Ruapane Lookout Mount Pirongia

    Ruapane Lookout3

    On a not so favorable winters day we headed to Mount Pirongia and the Tirohanga track, access to this section of walkway is from Te Pahu rd just south of Te Pahu in the Waikato and turn off on Corcoran rd the track is located at the very end of the sealed road.

    The lower section of the walkway was in excellent condition despite heavy rain and the walking was easy, a little way in the steps start and the track starts to get a little more difficult with mud added in the mix, and there are some impressive native trees along the walk, big Kauri and rimu and various other natives mixed in.

    Around twenty minutes or so into the walk the steps run out the track starts to get really steep and the mud is getting a little deep in places and the tree roots make an apperance and they totaly cover the track, now the going is getting hard and to make it harder a stream is running down the track from the early rain.

    Not deterred we carry on up the track and the walk starts to deteriorate quickly with large holes filled with water and very slippery tree roots and lots of mud, there are glimpses of the valley floor through the trees just off the side of the track so we are walking up a narrow ridge line, this was tough in the conditions but we were enjoying this.

    The track starts drying out in the top section as we start to climb the rocks, at least there is no more mud to contend with any way, we were now approaching the Ruapane Lookout as we could see daylight high above us, the track here is steep and you need to take caution not to slip and fall, breaking through the last of the bush we get a stunning view down into the valley below.

    We just get time to take a few photos and down came the rain it was heavy and persistant there was now no views anywhere, so we head back down the mountain in the rain with a small river following us down the hillside it was now nearly dark in the bush with the clouds overhead and the track was deteriorating very fast, the walk up took around one and a quarter hours in not so ideal conditions but we really enjoyed the track, not really suitable for small kids in the adverse conditions though and you need a bit of fitness for the mid and top section. 

     

    From Address:

    Andrew Bergersen
    Author: Andrew BergersenWebsite: https://www.newzealandexperience.co.nzEmail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Pukenui Forest

    Taraire Ridge And Pukenui Loop Tracks

    The Taraire Ridge Loop trtack and the Pukenui Loop track are located just outside of Whangarei in the Northland Region, the loop walks are part of the large Pukenui Forest Park which is mostly broad leaf forest with large native trees like the Kauri and Totara mixed in. The main access…
    Otaika Valley Walkway summit

    Otaika Valley Walkway Northland

    For Nature lovers the Otaika Valley Walkway is a great walk on the outskirts of Whangarei in the Northland Region of New Zealand, the track is located in a scenic reserve and is around 5kms one way, this is a one way walk and takes around 4hrs return to the carpark, the track ends at…
    Waro Limstone Scenic Reserve walk

    Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve

    The Waro Limestone Scenic Reserve is a nature and conservation reserve located just North of Hikurangi in Northland and around twenty minutes from Whangarei City, the reserve covers around seven and a half hectares of spectacular Limestone formations and an old abandoned coal mine. There…
    Mount Aubrey Reotahi Coastal Walk

    Mount Aubrey Reotahi Coastal Walkway

    The Whangarei Heads in the Northland Region of New Zealand has a lot going for it, there are secluded beaches, beautiful native bush and stunning mountain walkways and the Mount Aubrey Reotahi Coastal Walkway loop is a stunning walk up through native bush to the Summit of Mount Aubrey at…
    Te Whara Track

    Bream Head WW2 Radar Station

    The Te Whara Track forms a series of walks near the Whangarei Heads in Northland New Zealand the walks are through stunning native bush and most of the tracks are well maintained and suitable in most conditions however there are sections that can turn to mud in adverse conditions, the…
    Te Whara Reserve

    Te Whara Scenic Reserve

    Te Whara Scenic Reserve is located at the end of Whangarei Heads in Northland around 38km from the Whangarei CBD the drive out to the heads follows the harbor side most of the way providing stunning views of the the inner harbor as it winds in and around some beautiful sandy beaches and…

    Follow On Instagram

    © {2015} New Zealand Experience. All Rights Reserved.