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Mt Karioi and Te Toto Gorge, Raglan
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Mt Karioi and Te Toto Gorge, Raglan

Our first significant battle against gravity since our Matamataharakeke walk at Waikawau Bay was Mt Karioi, a 2.4-million-year-old volcano 8km south of the seaside town of Raglan in the Waikato. I’ve climbed it before, years ago, but from the non-scenic side and not in 27-degree heat. The drive from Raglan […]

Climbing the sloped walkway  Matamataharakeke track offers great shots to the valley
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Waikawau Bay, Coromandel

After a few days in Whitianga we stayed in Waikawau Bay Conservation campground for a couple of nights. Its location was ideal, being close to good walks and having the camp just a stone’s throw from the sea. Again we were not very lucky with the weather and couldn’t enjoy the beach too […]

Chelsea Sugar Factory to Kendall Bay walk, Auckland
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Chelsea Sugar Factory to Kendall Bay walk, Auckland

A fine three-hour walk is to take the track from the Chelsea Sugar Factory on Colonial Road, Auckland through the forest to Kendall Bay (which has quite a nice beach), then return and take the loop through the Chelsea Sugar Heritage Estate which takes in brilliant views across to Auckland […]

Opoutere beach - white sand and unspoilt nature.
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Prana and Opoutere beach

For New Year’s Eve we decided to go to the Prana Festival on the Opoutere coast. Darren had already been there five times and still wanted more so I trusted that was a quite special place. The entrance was at 9am, but a long queue was formed since nearly two hours earlier, […]

Marine Parade in Napier for Christmas
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Marine Parade in Napier for Christmas

Napier is the art deco capital of the world, mainly because it was (re)built in the 1930s after a huge earthquake, and Marine Parade is the road along the waterfront. It’s a funny area because not only is it the main promenade, but it’s also the main thoroughfare for trucks […]

Castle Rock and The 309, Coromandel
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Castle Rock and The 309, Coromandel

No visit to the Coromandel Peninsula should be complete without stopping on the 309 Road between the two coasts and feeding the pigs. You have to go down ‘The 309’ (which is just a little south of Coromandel town) to get to Waiau Waterworks and Castle Rock. It’s a tight […]