Tag: walk

Te Aroha – climbing the mountain
New Zealand

Te Aroha – climbing the mountain

The top of Mt Te Aroha is one of the places in New Zealand that really gives you an idea of the geography of the country because you can see so far. On a clear day you can see Mt Taranaki on the west coast, Mt Ruapehu in the centre […]

Akaroa, Christchurch
New Zealand

Akaroa, Christchurch

With one and a half days to spend in Christchurch and our lovely friends hosting us and driving us around we set off to explore the Banks Peninsula and Akaroa. Formed by numerous eruptions of the Lyttelton and Akaroa volcanoes, the Banks Peninsula offers striking scenery with deep valleys, craggy headlands and steep […]

Hunua Ranges Hiking, Auckland
New Zealand

Hunua Ranges Hiking, Auckland

While most people would think of the Waitakere Ranges as being the place to go hiking in Auckland, there’s another water catchment area with dams and a mixture of gentle and rugged walking tracks: the Hunua Ranges. Bird watching The area has been undergoing some fairly intensive predator trapping and […]

The carved pou symbolises the spiritual guardianship of Te Kawerau a Maki and recognises that this is a special place, being one of the oldest settled parts of the Waitakere Ranges
New Zealand

Mercer Bay Caves, Auckland

40km west of Auckland is a bay that doesn’t want to be accessed by mere mortals. Mercer Bay sits between Piha and Karekare on the west coast of Auckland. We went on an amazing early autumn day. The sea was a gently rippling cape edged in white lace and a lone boat […]

Mt Karioi and Te Toto Gorge, Raglan
New Zealand

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
New Zealand

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
New Zealand

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 […]

Castle Rock and The 309, Coromandel
New Zealand

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 […]