A few selected walks from outings with the Taupo Tramping Club: The walks or tramps described below have been tramped since December 2004 and the notes taken plus GPS data collected have been used to compile the descriptions. They are in PDF format and, by clicking the link shown in blue,  the document can be downloaded.   The descriptions have the "grade" of the walk indicated but these may need checking.  Clicking on the blue GPX link will download the available GPS data for that specific tramp

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NORTH ISLAND

     

DAY TRIPS

     

Tramp Name

Km Hrs Ascent  Topo50 Map Last Trip  Short description  
42 Traverse

 

12k 3:40min 256m BH34 Raurimu Aug 2019 An easy tramp covering a total of about 12km in and back to the car park. In longer, good-weather days this tramp can be extended in wards to reach the Tall Chimney Biv  – giving more or less 8km in then out again, but remember it is uphill on the return leg. Not an exciting scenic walk but plenty evidence of predator control by DoC, a lot of fairly dense bush, the odd long distance view and road junctions galore. Overall 12.4km with 256metres ascent GPX
Bell Rock and other walks

 

7k 3:00min ND

BH39 Putorino

Sept 2007 Oct 2016 A long time is spent traveling to the start of these short walks but on clear days the views from Bell Rock are well worthwhile – only 7km total in 3 hours.  The forest walk on the Tumanako Loop is in wonderful forest with very informative notice boards and a Kaka station. Also available is the Bell Bird Loop then 5km away by road there is the Pan Pac Kiwi Creche. GPX
Black Dunny

 

5.4k 3:15min ND BH36 Motutere

 

Jul 2010 NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE:This was a GPS exercise more than a tramp in that a party of 11 attempted to reach the Black Dunny mainly via GPS use and very vague memories of having been there before. The originally plotted GPS waypoints were entered on a GPSMap60 and navigation was from waypoint to waypoint whilst other trampers had copies of the map and the write-up from the previous outing – a real team effort. GPX
Blyth Hut

 

8.6k

 4:13min

273m

BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

June 2007 April 2019 Easy to moderate walk of 4-5 hours from Turoa skifield down past the Blyth and Lupton Huts with the option to extend the walk by including the Old Blyth Track to Ohakune Mountain Road. GPX
Bog Inn to Waihora

 

17.89k  6:55min

ND

 BG34 Piropiro & BG35 Tihoi

Jul 2007 A long (15 – 18km), hard slog o through some of the wettest forest imaginable which takes 6 – 7 hours with a choice to include Bog Inn Hut to give the full 18km.  No really fierce inclines though there is the odd grunt and there are several tricky slippery areas.  Altitude ranges from 654 – 1096 metres.  No views as such but some of the moss coverings on the trees are fantastic. GPX
Castle Hill Rock

 

12.6k 5:00min 730m

 BJ35Waiouru

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NB Avoid army training ground

Apr 2009 Nov 2017 Feb 2019

Moderate five hour round trip with coffee / tea and lunch stop on variable tracks, slightly overgrown and steep in places with moderately easy final slope to summit walk with good views.  Care needs to be taken not to stray from the path as the walk borders the army training ground.

GPX
Centre North Island, Titiraupenga to YMCA Hut 8.22km 3:48min 300+m

Topo50 - BF35 Whakamaru

Oct 08 An easy to moderate, muddy in places, slightly tricky tramp of 3:45 hours over 8km with altitude range of about 600metres with lots of roots and “anti-hobbit” sized steps. A way-marked path is used which passes the beacon for the Centre of the North Island, goes close to the top of Titiraupenga and then down to the YMCA Hut on Arataki Road all in the Pureora Forest. GPX
Chateau to Desert Road

 

20.48km 5:25min ND

Topo50 Maps: BH34-Raurimu, BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu, BJ35-Waiouru

Oct 2007 A long, over 20km, rather boring walk which can turn into a bit of a route march, especially on poor weather days. Ascend almost 200m within 4km from the start then rolling to undulating terrain for 4km before descending from about 1310m to 978m at the Desert Highway.  In good weather good views of both Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe plus glimpses of Lower Tama Lake and passing close to the new and old Waihohonu huts. Drive to the start (and the return) takes about 1 hour 15 minutes from Taupo GPX
Crater's of the Moon

 

18.14km 5:15min ND

Topo 50 - BG36 Taupo

Membership of Taupo Bike Club required for access

NB By 2019 many of the tracks used have changed

Jul 2011

A tramp that can be tackled in almost any weather conditions as there is excellent cover offered by the forest trees – though several areas are being logged. The tramp is on bike tracks which are all named and used in the text.  Walks of various length can be found but what is described is about as much as can be done in a sensible day. As described just over 5 hours were required, almost 19km were covered, overall altitude difference was almost 200m and an estimated 415m of ascent made. Quite a tiring outing.

GPX
Dooley's Hut

Dooley's Hut 2015

 

7.79km

1.45km

4:55min

36min

230m

ND

Topo50 - BH36 Motutere, BH37 Rangitaiki   

Photos via the photolinks page 

Oct 2006 Nov 2015

NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE:A moderate walk of about 5 to 5:30 hours which is best attempted in the company of someone who knows the area and tracks. No amazing views but a great forest walk and a look at a piece of local history – Dooley’s Hut with a plaque in memory of old Joe Dooley, a “batten splitter” who lived and worked in the area for many years and actually died with his axe in his hand. The tramp is mainly on underused, old or uncharted hunters’ tracks through re-growth of logged forest.  The tracks are marked by paint splashes (reddish, green and yellow) on the trees whilst many of the older, unused sections are quite heavily overgrown in places. Wind-falls can be a slight hazard or inconveniences on the walk, especially to the Hobbit sized tramper. There is a fair amount of ascending and descending through the rolling terrain of the tramp, but there is only one taxing ascent after about an hours walking when a climb is made up onto the SW / NE trending ridge where the bulk of the walk is done.

A short in and out done in 2015 shows how the track alignment has changed whilst the target hut looks much the same. Well marked track, impossible to lose the marks as so many but tricky due to windfalls etc

GPX

GPX2015

Foxglove Clearing

 

6.05km 3:50min 240m

Topo50 Map: BH36 Motutere    

2009 NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE:A moderate walk of about 4 hours including rest and refreshment stops which is best attempted in the company of someone who knows the area and tracks. No amazing views but a great forest walk, several clearings filled with foxgloves in season and a look at a piece of local history – Dooley’s Hut. GPX
Franks Bivvy

 

12.5km 6:56min +/-300m Topo50 Map: BH36 Motutere Dec2017 A long, hard, fit tramp which is a variation of the Tauranga Taupo Waterfall outing. A lot of off-track, very steep descent down the side of the waterfall and not for the faint hearted. Data collected and collated but NOT published.

(Not published by TTC)

GPX
Gull Colony Loop

also Gull Colony as out & back

16.5km 5:25min +/-400m

Topo50 Maps: BH34-Ruarimu & BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

Photos via the photolinks page

May 2014 April 2008 A fairly long (16km), circular walk in the moderate category lasting five to six hours including breaks. Starts and ends at the Chateau in Whakapapa and can be done in either direction, uses the track to Tama Lakes and follows the Wairere  Wairere Stream. There is an overall altitude gain and loss of about 700 metres. Can be lengthened by taking in the Taranaki Falls and or Lower Tama Lake. Can also be done as an out&back.  Loop   GPX

Out&Back GPX

Haggis Cruncher

 

11.5km 6:12min 729m

Topo 50 Map:        BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

Sept 2013 A fairly strenuous circular walk in the moderate plus category lasting five or six hours. Starts and ends at the Chateau (WP011135masl) in Whakapapa and can be lengthened or shortened at will. The route goes up the Whakapapa ridge to the NE of the Whakapapanui Stream. The stream is crossed, the ridge line followed to overlook Happy Valley ski area then back down to the Bruce Road after crossing the Waipuna Stream. It is 30min down the road with the option is to slip off on to the track (WP161258masl) for Silica Rapids and get back to Whakapapa via the Silica and Golden Rapids GPX
Halfway Hut Opureke

 

10.82km 6:28min 770m Topo50 Map: BG38 Wairapukao & BH38 Te Haroto April 2015 A walk that is pushing  moderate plus on a good but neglected track in very heavy vegetation. Also a lot of ascending and descending in getting in and out past Opureke 1107m from Waipunga Road to a hunters' bivvy called Halfway Hut.NB: Following the 2016 winter snows the track into the hut became virtually impassable GPX
Hakarimata Walkway

 

15.28km 6:50min A lot ND Topo50 BD33 Hamilton

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Oct 2018 A hard walk over 16km requiring 7-9 hours plus good fitness and track skills. Thousands of steps to deal with GPX
Hauhungatahi -Old Baldy 10.3km 4:55min 780m Topo50 Map: BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

NB On the recent trip in May 2019 access was denied via Erua. Though parking can be found on SH4 there is no safe legal way to get to the start of the track.

Nov 2008 May 2019 A moderate walk which, if any longer, might be described as falling in the fit category.  The start is at Erua near National Park and the route uses a very overgrown, underused track which has a brutal first section in that it goes steeply uphill through dense forest.  Once the bush-line is reached the going is easier but still tough as the slope is still significant as it passes through rough tussock type vegetation and bog. The final ascent is easier as it is rocky to firstly reach the Trig point then the out-lying conical summit in about 3 hours.  The descent can be done in about 2 hours.  Care must be taken throughout as there are many trip-up type roots on the forest section and deep, often water-filled, hidden holes in the bog area GPX
Hauhungatahi to Mangahuia

 

13.5km 7:45min 1000+m

Topo50 Map: BH34 Raurimu  & BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

NB On the recent trip in May 2019 access was denied via Erua. Though parking can be found on SH4 there is no safe legal way to get to the start of the track.

April 2015 A fit walk from Erua up Hauhungatahi (Old Baldy) then off-track through very testing bush to meet the Whakapapa to Mangahuia Track and down to the Mangahuia campsite. About 13.5km requiring almost 8 hours and a lot of will-power and tramping skill. GPX
Henderson Tramline and Hurunui Hut 16.37km 5:31min 429m

Topo50  BD36 Lower Kaimai

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Jun 2013 August 2014 Dec 2015 A moderate A to B walk of just over 15km requiring about 5 - 6 hours but with a longish drive of 1:30 minutes to the start. The tramp starts at a fair altitude but there is still a fair grunt though that is over within the first hour if the more southerly access point is used. It can also be accessed via the track for the Te Weraiti Dome. The walk is mostly, at worst, undulating and generally on good track though there are muddy sections, some root infested bits and a few stream crossings with some of the dreaded red slippery clays on the way down.  As this can be an A to B walk a van mover is required and since there are several exits from this tramp ensure all parties are clear as to where the van should meet you. GPX

 

Rd Access GPX

Henderson Tram to the Te Weraiti Radar Dome 14.2km 7:30min 500+m

Topo50 BD36 Lower Kaimai

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Jan 2011 August 2014

A moderate hard in and out walk of about 15km requiring about 7 hours but with a longish drive of 1:30 minutes to the start. The target is a huge blue dome or ball on the end of Te Weraiti Ridge. The tramp starts at a fair altitude and starts off losing height to cross the Rataroa Stream. The rest of the walk is, at worst, undulating and starts on good track though there are muddy sections, a few stream crossings and some of the dreaded red slippery clays on the way down. The latter part is on more of a ribboned route than track and is hard going at times. The 500odd metres of altitude gain is mainly on the second half after crossing the North – South track.

GPX

 

Rd Access GPX

Hikurangi Galatea 9.94km 7:50min 745m Topo50 Map: BF39 Galatea

Photos via the photolinks  page  

Permission required

Nov 2015 A fairly short but fairly hard tramp with leg bursting efforts required. The track starts on the edge of farmland with the first hour of ascent being the steepest then easing off a little. This is an open bush area with great views overlooking Galatea, Lake Aniwhenua and the coast. Further afield to Mt Tauhara and Mounts Ruapehu, Ngauruhoe and Tongariro. Once at the trig there are views out to Mt Edgecombe and a lovely spot to enjoy lunch. GPX
Hikurangi

 

 

7km 3hrs 561m

Topo50 BG33 Ongarue

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Permission required 

Feb 2014 A fairly strenuous walk of just under 7km but involving an ascent of 561metres taking about 2 hours upwards and one hour back down. There is a mapped track but this is often not discernable much of the time, keep the eyes open for fairly wide tracks in the grass where quad or motor bikes have been used. There is a failsafe way of getting there and that would be to follow the overhead power-line which feeds the communications station on the crest beside the trig. Inwards and outwards traces are shown on the map.                            Contacts:  Dan & Tonia Richardson   Phone: 07 896 7804 GPX

Rd Access GPX

Hinemaiaia Cave 7.68km 5:35min +/- 100m Topo50 Map: BH36 Motutere

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Sep 2016 This is a short tramp distance-wise but it can take 5 – 6 hours since there is no marked track so keen eyes and rough walking abilities are required as are log walking skills since there are two log bridges to cross – there are wet feet alternatives. Careful study of the GPS trace (red line) will show the track was lost once or twice but was soon relocated. The entrance to the cave is more of a land bridge since daylight can be seen through it, on this visit little or no cave exploration was done so carry a torch if exploration is planned. GPX
Horomanga Valley 17.12km 5:40min 140m

Topo50 BF39 Galatea

Target of this tramp, MIdway Hut, was destroyed by fire in early 2016

Jan 2010 A moderate tramp of 5 – 6 hours up the Horomanga Valley to the Midway Hut. Wet feet are guaranteed as there are 46 river crossings to get there – the same for the return trip.  There are track markers but they are not always easy to spot though the track route is easily located as long as the eyes keep working to spot the exits across the river when the track dies on one side.  However, GPS is not particularly helpful on this tramp since poor signals are received much of the time due to the deeply incised very narrow valleys. In addition, due to the topography – steep slopes and narrow valleys – this is not a tramp to undertake when it has, is or is expected to rain GPX
Horopito 10.94km 4:55min ND

Topo50 BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

Permission permit required

Oct 2006 A walk of two distinct halves of about 5:30 minutes on a pretty rough track in places, especially near the start of. The first half offers fantastic views of Ruapehu etc plus the cascades down which you traverse on a steep, tricky rock ladder. The second half can be a bit daunting as it is all within darkish, wet forest or on wet boggy tussock land where feet wetting is almost guaranteed. It is essential that transport with a driver is available as the drop-off is on the Okahune Mountain Road whilst the pickup is in the forest NE of Horopito – a permit for access to the pick-up can be obtained from DOC in Okahune. Refer to the map for detail. GPX

GPX Rd Access

GPX Pick-up

Huka Falls Track 18.15km 5:00min ND      but hilly

Topo50  BG36-Taupo

Jun 2008 A moderate walk of about 5 hours starting in or near Spa Thermal Park out past Huka Falls to Aratiatia (if time permits) which avoids use of most of the tourist track – however, be aware that much of this is on bike tracks so caution and respect for the cyclists must be observed. There are good views of the Waikato River, Huka Lodge, parts of Wairakei and the Prawn Farm. On the return a riverside track is followed instead of walking back up the steep slope into Spa Park after crossing hot-water bridge which has recently been improved and developed to include a cafeteria. GPX
Junction Top 5.75km 4.58min 590m

Topo50 Map:     BH36 Motutere

Permission required

April 2013 First move is to tramp in the12.5km (6hours) to the Waipaki Hut via Umukarikari. Junction Top itself is on private land and a permit has to be obtained before setting off. The walk up and down takes 4 to 5 hours depending on the ability to tackle a steep climb on a very rough back country track. The first part is in thick bush but most of the walk is on open ridge from where there are fantastic views. There can be slight confusion at the top where one can imagine one has gone past Junction top towards Te Raketuangiangi GPX

 

Just a hut in the forest 10.31km 6:45min 170m

Topo50  BH36 Motutere    

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Nov 2014 May 2007 A heavy walk to the Just Family memorial and Hut via the Black Dunny bivvy. NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE:A moderate to fit walk of about 5 hours on uncharted hunters’ tracks passing a couple of bivvies, a minimum of three river crossings either on tree bridges or knee to waist deep wet stuff all adding to the fun.  GPS with data and the relevant GPS, map and compass skills well advised. New routes, and shortcuts found every outing!! GPX

GPXRoad

Kaikawaka Slab Hut 8km 3:27min 265m Topo 50  BH34 Raurimu

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Permission required

Nov 2017 A short walk though Raurimu sheep station (for which permission is required) which looks like manicured parkland to reach the Kaikawaka Slab Hut. Not a long walk but plenty to look at and with short steep slopes in abundance to give exercise GPX

GPXRoad

 

Karanghape loop 11.2km 4:52min 406m Topo 50 Paeroa BC35

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Feb 2019

A great walk from the campsite at Dickey Flats with various routes including up to the trig or along the Dubo Track to Karangahape to get a coffee before heading back down the Karangahape Walkway via the Windows Walk with its amazing mining tunnels to Dickey Flats

GPX
Kawakawa Bay 18.99km 5:48min 473m

Topo50  BG35-Tihoi & BG36-Taupo

May 2009 Oct 2019

A tramp that can be tackled in almost any weather conditions and that takes two hours each way. The track, which is shared with cyclists and runners, is fairly good though it can be slippery in wet weather and there are a few slopes which take a bit of an effort and require care. Good views over Lake Taupo can be had and there is a DoC toilet on the shore edge when Kawakawa Bay is reached. It is the possible to get wet feet visiting a cave. The  other ways to get to this bay is by boat or taking the bike track from Whangamata Road.

GPX
Kawakawa Bay from Whangamata Rd to Kinloch 18.2km 4:29min 400m

Topo50 Maps BG35-Tihoi & BG36-Taupo

May 2012 Kawakawa Bay reached (2hrs +/-)walking downhill from the new Whangamata Track then exit via the uphill route on the Kawakawa Bay track to Kinloch (Total 4 - 5 hours). Distance 18km with 400m ascent and preferred route is Whangamata Road, Kawakawa Bay  to Kinloch as good parking in Kinloch for the transport to await walkers coming out. Shared with bikers and runners GPX
Kerosene Can Knob 11.7km 5:25min +/- 500m

Topo50 - BH36 Motutere, BH37 Rangitaiki    

Dec 2012 June 2006 NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE or with a GPS: A moderate walk of about 5 hours "in the woods" with the highlight being a rusty kerosene can hanging from a tree on the top of a ridge in the Kaimanawas. On underused old, sometimes uncharted, tracks with paint splodges your guide - do not fall behind as playing catch-up not easy due to detours round windfalls. Rolling to hilly with almost a 500m altitude gain. GPX
Kerosene Can Knob via Te Iringa 10.54km 4:58min ND

Topo50 - BH36 Motutere, BH37 Rangitaiki    

May 2015 A variation on the route to get to the Kerosene Can starting off down the Te Iringa Track then doing a clockwise loop coming out on the inward track of the original route. Again there is a risk of getting displaced in this area so caution advised. About 10km and 5 hours. GPX
Ketetahi Hut & Blue Lake 22.75km 7:45min +/- 1000m

Topo50  BH35Turangi

NB The Ketetahi Hut was badly damaged in an eruption several years ago and is now classified as a SHELTER and over-nighting here is no longer permitted

Sep 2011

This tramp is moderate to fit depending on the variation that is done.  This day-tramp comprises the north end of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing where one walks in to the Ketetahi Hut from close to SH46 – this can be a bit tiring as there are, shall we say, a few “steps” on the otherwise very high grade track with long new section just below the hut.  Once at the Ketetahi Shelter one can then admire the views and come down again or continue up for another hour or so to the Blue Lake or even as far as the Emerald Lakes and junction to the Otutere Track.  Lots of photos can be taken.

GPX
Kinloch O2K track 22.4 6:40min 487m Topo50 BG35 Tihoi, BG36 Taupo Jan 2020 A tramp that can be tackled in almost any weather conditions and that takes about three hours each way, with alternatives – see below. The track, which is an MTB so be wary, is fairly new though it can be dusty in dry weather and there are a few slopes which take a bit of an effort and require care. Good views over Lake Taupo can be had (WP09 459masl) and at present (Jan 2020) there is no toilet  or water source on the track. GPX
Lahar Gully 10.13km 4:15min 250m

Topo50  BJ35 Waiouru

Nov 2006

NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE:This is an easy walk of about 4 hours that can be tackled when conditions dictate that walking at altitude or in exposed places should be avoided. There is no path to follow but the poles marking the edge of the army area are a very good guide.  The walking is on soft “Lahar” material with very few rough areas to traverse, unless excitement is being sought. The walk comprises a simple loop over to, into and up the valley of the Whangaehu River where the man made bund can be seen which is part of the interventions constructed to try and keep any Lahar flow from the mountain within this river valley. If time and conditions allow the “round-the-mountain” track can be reached along with the Rangipo Hut.

GPX
Lake Rotopounamu 6.3km 2:26min 174m Topo50 Map: BH35 Turangi  Oct 2011 A very easy, pleasant walk that can be undertaken by virtually any standard of walker. Two to three hours required depending on how much study is made of the vegetation and other natural features on the walk which is between 5 and 6km in length.  Many of the tree species are named – male and female Rimu were located - there are “weta” houses to be found (some with hinged lids to allow study of the activities inside), a variety of duck use the lake and birdsong is heard most of the time indicating a relatively healthy environment. GPX
Lake Surprise 9.69km 5:12min +/-400m

Topo50 Map:      BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

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Nov 2009     Jan 2015 2019 A moderately stiff walk of 5 hours to 5:30 minutes on a pretty rough track in places, especially near the start of the tramp down into the first valley. There are fantastic views of Ruapehu etc plus the cascades down which you traverse on a steep, tricky rock ladder – but even the less agile fitted with bionic parts can negotiate this section up and down with patience from other trampers. The path improves dramatically at the foot of the cascades / rock ladder and walking becomes easier. There are a couple of river crossings and feet wetting is not unknown but if the water level is not too high there are ample stepping stones. The Mangaturuturu Hut is reached within 1:30 to 2 hours. Then it is over the next river, for some “high-speed” boardwalk then some more slightly tricky ascending with sections of boardwalk and gravel path to the lake. The hut to the lake takes about 30 - 45 minutes each way. GPX
Leitchs Hut day walk 21.3km 7:34min 562m

Topo50 BF31 Marokop & BF32b Piopio

Avoid the lambing season

Oct 2012

A moderately hard day tramp in the Te Kuiti area accessing via Piopio and exiting at Mahoenui. Not much in the way of views but good birdlife in parts, wood pigeon and paradise duck, and a “Frog Protection” area. The walk in is an easy 3 hours on good track. Much of the way out it on shelf width back-country track with steep cross-slopes and many stream crossings.  However it is all through superb forest with several large grassy meadows some of which are covered in buttercups in season.

GPX
Lost in Time Taumaranui 9.52km 4:22min 477m Topo50 Onagarue BG33

Private property - contacts in the PDF write-up

Dec2019 A reasonable walk of just under 10km but involving a continuous ascent of almost 500metres taking about 1:15 hours at the end of the day. The day starts with a long descent to the NW on a long ridge before heading down into the Makara Stream valley. Once down there is a choice to do an out and back to meet Ohura Road then head upstream to a delightful cabin for lunch before grunting back up the grassy slopes with whole outing taking about 4:30min. A 300km drive for 10km walk GPX
Mangahuia from Whakapapa 13.4km 4:25min 295m

Topo50 Map  BH34-Raurimu & BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu          

Dec 2012 A fairly hard tramp of 14km over very wet tracks - like the Everglades in places. A very good walk in dry weather with low slopes but one tricky stream crossing. Think twice if the weather is or has been wet GPX
Mahuia (Mangahuia)Campsite to Whakapapa

 

13.6km 5:00min +/- 350m

Topo50 Map   BH34-Raurimu & BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu 

April 2009 An easy A to B walk of 4 to 5 hours in dry weather, suitable also for a cross-over walk with one party heading north and the other south. Consider carefully in wet weather. The route uses the now hardly-used Whakapapaiti Hut track then branches north westwards to Whakapapa passing the track to Silica Rapids on the way. The first couple of hours are on fairly good, underused track which does have wet areas with boardwalk. After crossing the Mangahuia Stream there is a bit of a climb to the junction with the Whakapapa-Whakapapaiti Hut track – this junction can be quite badly flooded during wet periods. The track is then in fairly good state but does undulate a bit. GPX
Mangaehuehu Hut

 

 

12.7km 4:45min +/- 250m

Topo50 Series Map: BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

Oct 2009

This is an easy in-and-out walk of almost 15km distance taking 4 - 5 hours including rest and lunch stops.  The path is part of the Round The Mountain track and runs from the Okahune Mountain Road to the Mangaehuehu Hut passing the path for the Blyth Hut en-route. There are several swing bridges to cross, a few stream crossings to negotiate, many sections of boardwalk and several, some as yet, un-bridged, gullies to cross.  There are a couple of seats for the weary to sit down and admire the view of the mountain – on a clear day. Most of the path from the car-park for the first hour is in superb condition whilst the remainder is of variable quality but a great deal of work is being / has been done by DOC .

GPX
Mangaokewa Reserve Map 8.7km GPS 10.4km 4:07min 226m Topo50 Series map: BF33 Te Kuiti

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Aug 2016 A short but fairly honest walk on the banks of the Mangaokewa Stream just north of Te Kuiti. This is on back-country forest tracks with some mud and a shortcut to be avoided. Actually forms part of the Te Araroa Trail - not a favourite section for Linda Pugh or Mrs Hobbit GPX
Mangatepopo to Chateau 10.5km 4:01min 349m Topo50 Maps: BH34 Raurimu & BH35 Turangi

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Oct 2018 This is a walk of only 10km but it can feel much longer as it is on a badly eroded, gullied track which is part of the Northern Circuit and Round the Mountain tramps. It is locally known as the “ditch” and maintenance repairs are usually wiped out by the effects of inclement weather GPX
Marton Sash & Door Tramway National 21.5km

Erua 15.7km

Park   5:22min

Erua  4:42min

Start 300m

Erua 172m

 

Topo50 Maps:

 BH33 Retaruke, BH34 Raurimu, BJ33 Raetihi & BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

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Dec 2014 Jun 2017 May 2018

This tramp (22km) from National Park Station offers alternatives in that shorter walks can be organised and all are on bike tracks or roads which are mostly gravel: The GPX file contains the 22km and 17km alternatives.

·       Out and back as far as desired plus a café at National Park Station

·       Go down the Western branch WP6 and come back from WP11 this gives 22km

Do a 16km circular walk from Erua
From National Park

GPX

From Erua

GPX

Maungatautari 9.9km 5:33min 850m

Topo50 Map: BE34 Kihikihi

 

Oct 2007  and 2017 Distance-wise this is not a long walk but the terrain makes it moderately demanding for most trampers and a fair amount of tramping skill is involved. This is an A to B walk a van mover is required to ensure you have transport waiting at the end. The distance is only about 10 kilometres but the terrain is very hilly with a great deal of unrelenting ascending and descending. Altitude varies from 247masl at the start to just over 800masl at the summit trig point  with a rough estimate of about 850 metres of ascent. However, there is an escape route for the weary since at about 7km distance the track crosses a new, gently sloping, wide, gravel track which takes about an hour to get through to the end  – some 20 to 30 minutes quicker than the old, rough track as described in this tramp. An update of the track with waypoints was compiled in 2917 but a new "write-up" not done GPX 2007

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Road Access

 

Maungatautari Waterfall 16km 8:55min 979m Topo50 map BE34 Kihikihi

 

March 2013

Distance-wise this is not a long walk but the terrain makes it moderately demanding for most trampers and a fair amount of tramping skill is involved, not to mention navigational skills. On the day this should have taken possibly a bit over 6 hours but in the event, going walkabout, just on 9 hours were required to cover the 13 or 14km with the best part of a thousand metres ascending.

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Road Access

Minginui Old Fort Road Loop & Tree Sanctuary Loop 3.51km     Loop 2:00min

Sanctuary 1:30min

Loop  81m Topo50 Maps  BG38 Wairapukao & BG39 Ruatahuna May 2019

a couple of very short, generally very easy walks in beautiful forest with a few giants and many birds. The Sanctuary walk takes about 90minutes and has short section of uphill but nothing that really tests the legs or lungs.

Old Fort Road recreational area loop walk has very little altitude involved – 81metres of ascent – only covers just over 3.5km and can take one to two hours depending on how fast one walks
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Moerangi Peak Helipad 16.1km 5:06min 696m

Topo50 Series Map: BG38 Wairapukao

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August 2011 June 2015 Feb 2018 A moderate, out-and-back walk of 16km total length requiring about 5 hours including refreshment breaks and breathers.  No real grunts but with an overall altitude gain of almost 700 metres and mainly on good quality track, much of it new / re-routed MTB level, through lovely native forest.  GPX
Mount Edgecumbe

 

9.76km 3:30min 559m Topo50 Map  BE39 Mt Edgecumbe  

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PERMIT REQUIRED

Jul 2018 The walk itself can only be described as hard work with a two hour “grunt” up the unrelenting hill but, if the head can be raised the native vegetation is worth studying.  At the top there are a few features including the forestry look-out, service hut for the communications masts and wonderful views all around from the high points. The walk back down takes half the time GPX
Mount Tama 22.9km 7:37min 1000+m Topo50 Maps BH34&35 Raurimu & Turangi plus BJ34& 35 Mt Ruapehu & Waiouru

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Jan 2015 Dec 2015 A fit tramp of 24km with over 1,000m of ascent from the Desert Road, past Waihohonu, up Tama Ridge to Tama summit then down via the Tama lakes - not for the faint hearted, easily tired but oldies love it. Over 7 hours but with scenery to die for. GPX
Mount Tihia

 

6.89km 5:18min 545m

Topo50 Map: BH35Turangi

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Oct 2012 Aug 2015

 

A moderate walk with somewhat of a steep start from a car park at the side of SH47 only a few kilometres out of Turangi.  The lower part is steep up through thick broadleaf forest with very active birdlife – including Tui.  Further up one crosses the line of the Tokaanu Tunnel then emerges from forest into rather high bush – which is a struggle for the vertically challenged. From the summit bush-bash towards Lake Rotopounamu till a gully, incipient track is found down to rejoin the Tokaanu Tunnel track. A short walk that takes 5 hours due to windfalls, thick vegetation and tough track in parts.

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Mount Tihia Circuit 12.2km 6:45min 520+m

Topo50 Map: BH35 Turangi

Sept 2006

A long walk not to be undertaken lightly or without having someone along who knows just where they are going and reliable navigation skills. Most of the walk is on uncharted tracks, there are some “paint splurges’” on trees or plastic ribbons tied on trees but there is a great deal of “bush bashing involved.  Much of the bush bashing is through very high, very thick virtually impenetrable shrubs which do a good job of skin removal and offer many trip-ups Allow 6 – 7 hours including tea and lunch stops plus some spare in case you have navigational irregularities.  Some of the descent is quite steep and seemingly relentless.

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Mount Tongariro via Hardman's Ridge 15.9km 6:48min 930m

Topo50 BH35 Turangi  & BH34 Raurimu

Dec 2009 A fairly strenuous walk of 6-7 hours covering about 16km, with another 3-4km added for altitude gain and loss, in some of the wildest terrain in the Tongariro National Park. Starts on the tourist track from Mangatepopo car park towards the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and branches off  left (N) over the Mangatepopo Stream after about 40 minutes to gain Hardman’s Ridge. Three hours uphill grunt gets to the top of Mount Tongariro whilst offering splendid views of Tongariro and the New Alpine Crossing track. South Crater is then circled clockwise to meet the “crossing” track just below Red Crater from where it is 2:30 minutes back to Mangatepopo car park. GPX
Ngapuketurua 21.6km 7:00+min 600m

Topo50 Map: BH36 Motutere

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Permission required for above the bushline

Aug 2008 A moderate tramp through mature beech forest in rolling to hilly terrain with a reasonable ascent starting from 844m, dipping through 740m then grunting all the way up to 1347m – giving an overall gain of 600m.  Between 5 – 7 hours required for this out and back walk which can be shortened by turning at any time. No views as such but a walk that can be undertaken during inclement weather. However it must be noted that permission is required from Air Charters, Taupo to go all the way to the slopes of Ngapuketurua and this restriction must be observed, there is also a DOC warning notice board at the start of the track. GPX
Ngauruhoe Mt Doom

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16.98km 6:50min 1177m

Topo50 Maps:     BH34 Raurimu BH35 Turangi

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Nov 2013 One of the must-do walks on the North Island which takes 5–7 hours. Very strenuous effort is required on the 1.5km ascent of the actual cone – where 1177m are gained - with the descent being shorter and quicker but it involves “scree-skating” – not for the weak of leg or faint-hearted. There are many well placed warning notices about volcanic activity and of falling – or rolling – boulders on the actual cone. Full attention must be paid to the warnings as this is a fairly high risk outing. Careful planning and attention to the weather must be applied. GPX
Ngongotaha 7.42km 3:41min 395m Topo50 Maps: BE37 Rotorua

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April 2019 A lovely walk located on the edge of Rotorua and about an hour from Taupo. Basically an uphill walk on the Jubilee Track through pleasant forest without any lung-bursting slopes covering about 8km in 3-4 hours. Many information boards throughout the area. GPX

Access Rds

Okataina Rata 12.73km 7:00min 530m

Topo50 Map: BE37 Rotorua & BE38 Lake Rotoma

Apr 2013 Total driving time to the start is 1:30 min.  This is a moderate tramp with a lot of off-track ascending and descending through steeply sloping native forest on the east side of Lake Okataina. Overall altitude gain is 430 odd metres whilst the total ascent is nearer 530 metres. The descent is even steeper than the ascent.  The target of the tramp is visiting several giant Rata Trees (These are considered trees due to size with the largest seen having a circumference of over 45 feet – that is almost 14 metres). Overall time required was 7 hours but a long time was spent at each of the giants. GPX
Okataina Walkway East

 

20.6km 6:00min 400+m

Topo50 Map: BE37 Rotorua & BE38 Lake Rot

Jul 2007   Jan 2018

Depending on what you do this can be a long walk as it can take 3 to 3:30 minutes one way down Lake Okataina, hence you could be looking at 7 hours if you do full length in and out.  If this is the plan then leave Taupo by 7:30am. The walk is NOT strenuous as there are no real slopes to task you, the footpath is good and is well marked. The forest is basically re-growth so not too many large trees but there are many ferns of various types plus abundant bird-calls.  The walk is in forest all the way so not too many views but those that are offered of the lake are most picturesque.

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Okataina Walkway West 21.6km 6:33min 780m

Topo50 Map: BE37 Rotorua & BE38 Lake Rotoma

Nov 2012 August 2015 A long tramp of 22km requiring 6 – 7 hours with three noticeable uphill sections where an overall ascent of nearly 900m  faces you.  Distance-wise this is a moderate + walk but there are no tricky or technical bits and the whole way is on a well formed, wide track that must have been a road in the past and is now a MTB cycleway. Take someone along to talk to as there are no views as such, apart from ferns and trees, though there is a glimpse of Lake Okataina at one point. Variations can be as short as 16km, read the PDF description! GPX
Old Coach Road Ohakune 12.28km 4:14min 402m 260-S20 Ohakune

Topo50 Map: BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

June 2009

A 12km walk on the Old Coach Road which is now  a bike track through to Horopito passing many good information boards on the history and viewing several rail viaducts. One rail crossing so car required.

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Onaia Gorge 14.26km 6:13min ND

Topo50 Maps:  BE37 Rotorua

Guided walk so contact owner

Oct 2013 This is a fairly hard guided tramp which starts on Winston’s farm then gets down into the Onaia Valley and Gorge and follows this, basically to the NE, for five kilometres.  There is no track but lots of stream-bed walking – luckily there is little flow in dry periods – plus some hefty bush-bashing to get round tricky spots.  The vegetation is lush, scenery is amazing with very high bluffs on either side and it is quite testing in places.  There is only one grunty ascent when the bluff is ascended at the top of the Gorge to get back up on top. Winston is a very good guide and really knows the area as the farm was set up by his father back in 1935. GPX
Opepe Wander 5.0km 2:00min 100m Topo 50 BG36 Iwitahi Mar 2020

An easy walk for adults, ancients and children of about 2 hours on good footpath which has very few tricky bits even though the surrounding area has been well gullied in the past. There are loop walks on both the N and S side of the road and the only danger that exists is the road itself which carries pretty high speed traffic.

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Opureke Track upper Matakuhia 10.7km one way ND ND

Topo50: BH38 Te Haroto & BG38 Wairapukao

Data supplied from recce outings and "trail finding"

Trail finding only

The Opureke Track commences 10 minutes up the vehicle track from the Waipunga Road accessed from SH5. The track climbs to the ridge, then sidles most of the high points before descending into the Matakuhia Valley. Turning north on to the Matakuhia Valley Track one traverses slips and log jams before arriving at the Upper Matakuhia Hut. From there the track is well defined up to the end at the Matakuhia Saddle.

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Otanewainuku Trig and Whataroa Falls

 

Trig 3.86km

  Falls 11.19km

Trig 0:50min

 Falls 4:46min

Trig 234m

 Falls 479m

Topo50 BD37 Tauranga & BE37 Rotorua

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April 2018 A short, fairly easy ascent to  a large trig platform through good forest - makes a good day for slower / older walkers. The walk to the falls is fairly tasking little walk on good track, which needs careful watching as there are a few turns which are not too obvious though there are plenty of orange track markers – however in places there are even more pink markers as pest eradication and hunters seem pretty active in the area.  In places there is fair birdlife – robin seen several times – and the track is soft as it passes through the lush forest but some sections are a bit root infested.  Trig GPX

Falls GPX

Otawa Ridge 10.75km 4:20min 502m Topo50 BD37 Tauranga

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Aug 2016

A good 10km walk firstly on wide farm track through grazing land then in fairly dense forest where most of the track is clear and in a good state. The first half is basically uphill with only minor grunts whilst the exit is on much steeper slopes and some care is required. There are a couple of “tricky” little junctions marked with orange DoC track markers near the start where the track turns back on the mapped track heading for Whareotetarakeho Trig which is on private land.

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Paeora Range 11.4km 4:28min 641m Topo50 BF37 Waiotapu

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Restricted access

Nov 2014

An “easy” to moderate tramp on private land and permission is required to obtain a key or arrange access through the locked gate – unless walking the DoC marked track that parallels the road. The walk is all on old 4 X 4 tracks through very attractive native bush, has a few testing ascents and several points of interest. As described the walk was done in the reverse direction to what is normally done which meant that is started with a pretty hard ascent.

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Pihanga 6.41km 5:05min +/-700m

Topo50 Map: BH35 Turangi

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Permission required

Dec 2013 A short walk (6.5km) which could be considered moderate due to the relentless uphill (666m overall ascent), through fairly dense forest on track which is quite heavily overgrown in places. There are no views whilst in the forest, there is a cable to follow if the track signs are lost and there are a fair number of birds – robin clearly seen and heard. At the top views are very good from Tauhara to Ruapehu and allows a close-up of Lake Rotopounamu. GPX
Pillars of Hercules to Tree Trunk Gorge 6.8km 2:55min +/-300m

Topo50 Map: BH35 Turangi                          With the vagaries of weather conditions trip leaders on this tramp must have a clear arrangement with their van mover to cover all options:                                1 Van mover walks in to the stream (WP7) to assess the situation and talk to the party if timing is correct                               2 Relocate the van to Pillars car-park after discussion or after an hour over expected exit time.

Sep 2010 Aug 2018 A very pleasant A to B, or out-and-back, walk on good track through native bush and broadleaf forest. Starts from the car park for the Pillars, goes onto to the bridge to overlook the at Pillars of Hercules gorge then on to the road bridge over the gorge on Tree Trunk Gorge Road.  There are two or three stream crossings so wet feet are possible and during wet weather the last crossing is not advisable as the stream is quite deep and can be swift flowing. If the final stream is crossed there are then two other worthwhile views – Tree Trunk Gorge itself and also the headrace tunnel for the local hydro scheme. Depending on the walk a driver can be required to move the transport.                      Photos via the photolinks  page GPX
Pinnacles Ridge Whakapapa

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12.5km 5:15min 700+m

Top050 Map: BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

April 2011

A strenuous walk in the fit category requiring high skill levels lasting four to six hours including breaks. It starts at the Chateau in Whakapapa with the aim of exiting near the ski chairlift up above the top of Bruce Road. Mountain goat walking, scary sidles and impossible gullies.        If in doubt chicken out - as we did!

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Pirongia

 

16.62km 7:20min 1600m

Topo 50 BE33 Pirongia

Oct 2010

A very tough tramp that covers next to no distance at all but requires a high level of fitness, a lot of tramping skill and nerves of steel at times. Comment of the day on the way in was “Pirongia defends herself well” – endless, steep rough ascents and re-ascents whilst on the way out it was “She does not let her visitors go easily”  (vicious descents and re-ascents).  However the feelings of satisfaction are high, the views – when they come –are worth it and it is a tramp that can be undertaken in pretty wild weather though if it was overly wet the mud sections would be a bit trying. At a rough estimate some 1,600 metres were ascended over the entire tramp with an overall gain in reaching the summit of 800 metres. This is an over-nighter as only the super fit / fast could do it in a day.

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Pukahanui To Upper Te Hoe Hut One way

Map 9.7km GPS 11km

One way

4:05min

 

One way 

  +/-500m

Topo50 Maps: BH38 Te Haroto, BG38 Wairapukao, BG39 Ruatahuna ND A moderate to fit day tramp through very thick, mature native forest on back-country track – a bit of a challenge in places but with some fantastic giant trees to admire. There are other neat huts for over-night stops and refreshment breaks. To get to the Upper Te Hoe Hut is classified as easy to moderate and requires 4 hours or less to cover the 10km, but of course there is a similar input required for the return so a day trip would be mod+ to fit. GPX
Pukekaikiore Circuit

 

11.5km 6:00min 600m

Topo50 Map: BH34 Raurimu & BH35 Turangi

Dec 2007 A fairly strenuous walk of 5-6 hours covering about 12km which can be stretched to almost 15km in 7 hours or so, in some of the wildest terrain in the Tongariro National Park. Starts on the tourist track from Mangatepopo car park towards the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and branches off before reaching the Mangatepopo Hut on a clockwise loop around Pukekaikiore (1692metres) on a rough, back-country track which is basically unmarked whilst it clambers over scoria mounds filling river valleys. The return means bush bashing to join the track from Whakapapa to Mangatepopo. GPX
Pukekaikiore to Tama

 

VIDEO

18km 7:15min 798m

Topo50 BH34 Raurimu & BH35 Turangi

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Jan 2014 Feb 2011 A hard walk of 20 odd km with another 3km for altitude taking about 7 hours. Starts on Alpine crossing track then passes between Ngauruhoe and Pukekaikiore as it heads for the Tama Lakes. Return from Tama on the Northern Circuit track coming from Waihohonu.

Good navigational skills, preferred GPS use and not for the weak of heart or leg!!

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Pukekaikiore to Waihohonu 19.07km 7:40min 1010m

Topo50 Series Maps: BH34 Raurimi & BH35 Turangi

Oct 2011 A fairly strenuous walk of about 7 hours covering about 20km, with easily another 3km added for altitude gain and loss, in some of the wildest terrain in the Tongariro National Park. Starts on the tourist track from Mangatepopo car park towards the Tongariro Alpine Crossing and branches off clockwise before reaching the Mangatepopo Hut passing between Ngauruhoe and Pukekaikiore (1692metres) on a rough, back-country track which is basically unmarked whilst it clambers over scoria mounds filling river valleys. At the high point there is then some serious cross-country tramping to get up past the Tama Lakes before heading towards Waihohonu on or below the Tama Ridge to meet the Northern Circuit track coming from Whakapapa going to Waihohonu. GPX
Punchy's Road

 

16.5km 6:30 - 7:30min 250+m

Topo50 BH37 Rangitaiki

Oct 2012

NOT TO BE TRIED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE: moderate, adventurous outing in  this mainly uncharted tramp to slowly build up a long walk passing through Merrilee's Clearing for the future. The only real ascent and descent is over the hill with the quarry at the top right at the start of the outing – and this is only about 150 metres ascent. The walking is tricky since it is mostly on uncharted, hunters’ tracks or where efforts were being made to establish tracks via bush-whacking - but it is nice soft going.  The first part is on old, heavily overgrown logging road  and the latter part is on Punchy’s road  which is an old, disused gravel road.  Total walking time, which included all the trail finding , was just less than 7 hours 30 minutes.  In Oct 2012 a new section of track was found and used but ended up with some bush-bashing to get back on course.  Read the story.

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Pureora & Bog Inn Hut

 

10.69km 5:05min 350m Topo50 MapBF34 Benneydale, BF35 Whakamaru & BG35 Tihoi

 

Aug 2005

An easy to moderate,  muddy, slightly tricky tramp of 5 hours using the Link Track which passes between Titiraupenga and Pureora then down to Bog Inn Hut in Kakaho Forest Park north west of Lake Taupo. The tramp executed here was from Link Road up over Pureora and down to the Bog Inn Hut. Then out to another branch of the access road – hence your transport has to meet you at the exit car park. But the road has been closed so check with DOC if access is possible.

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Pureora via Red Shed to Link Road and reverse

 

16.2km 4:51min 676m

Topo50 Map: BF34 Benneydale, BF35 Whakamaru & BG35 Tihoi

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Updated May 2019

Oct 2013 Sep 2017 Oct 2017 May 2019 The Timber Trail starts from near the DoC Centre in the Pureora Forest Park and heads south eastwards to meet up with the Toitoi Track ascending Mt Pureora. This tramp linked the Timber Trail with the Toitoi Track to get up Pureora then descend via the Link Track to Link Road. The walk can be done in either direction but from Link Road it starts with a huge staircase ascent - GPS distance indicates 16km whilst map gives 15km with over 600m ascent.

From the Pureora DoC Centre to the Red Shed and back (17km return) makes a good, well sheltered walk with very little ascending at most times of the year. NB DoC Centre destroyed by fire in mid 2017 - rebuild date not known

Start Pureora

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Pureora on Timber Tail via Red Shed, Mt Pureora & Bog Inn

 

20.9km 6:19min 746m

Topo50 Map: BF34 Benneydale, BF35 Whakamaru & BG35 Tihoi

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May 2014 A long walk on the Timber Trail bike track but going up and over Mt Pureora then down to Bog Inn - however there are a further 3km (40min) once the Bog Inn car park reached due to culvert collapse on the road. One day DoC might re-build the bridge. GPX
Rabbit Patch

 

5.45km 2:41min +/-175m Topo50 Map:BH36 Motutere

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Nov 2015 A very pleasant, easy walk in varying forest to pass through a grassy meadow called the Rabbit Patch - no rabbits seen however GPX
Rainbow Mountain

 

13km 4 - 6 hrs 500m

Topo50 Map: BF37 Waiotapu

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July 2015 July 2014 Aug 2013

A fairly “easy” tramp that the ancients or the very young can do if you are lumbered with either grand-parents or grand-children.  The mountain itself  is a bit steep going in places but generally the track is good, unless it is wet and then the red clays can be slippery.  Well worth the short extensions to have a look at Kerosene Creek and the link through to Lake Okara.

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Rangipo Hut

 

11.05km 5:21min 1170m 260- T20 Ruapehu

Topo50 Map: BJ34 Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru

Nov 2014 Oct 2011 Sept 2007 Feb 2020 A moderate out-and-back tramp covering 12km in 4-5 hours including refreshment breaks that takes you to the Rangipo Hut passing over the swing bridge taken out by previous Lahar flows. There are a few areas where care has to be exercised since in the summer the ground is rough with ankle turning opportunities and, in wintertime, some of the slopes could be icy. There is an overall altitude gain of over 1,000m so plenty of exercise. GPX
Rangipo Hut Loop

 

13 - 14km Anti-Clock 5:20min

Clockwise 7:25min

Anti-Clock +/-200m

Clockwise +/- 500m

 

Topo50 Map: BJ34 Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru

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Sept 2007 June 2016 A moderate A to B tramp covering 14km in 4-5 hours including refreshment breaks that takes you to the Rangipo Hut then cross-country back to near the Desert Highway passing through the area of the Lahar flow of early 2007. There are a few areas where care has to be exercised since in the summer the ground is rough with ankle turning opportunities and, in wintertime, some of the slopes could be icy. There is a height gain of about 200 metres to reach the hut and a loss of about 400m on the way back down to the road. A few climbs are a bit steep and tricky, especially on the return leg. This tramp can be done in either anticlockwise or clockwise directions Anticlockwise

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Clockwise

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Rapurapu Kauri

 

4+km 1:10min 75m Topo50 Map: BD36 Lower Kaimai & BE36 Mamaku

NB Unfinished business as tramp not re-visited

Jun 2005

This was first attempt at a new easy walk and, due to circumstances, little detail is available.  In fact the track was officially closed (June 2005) due to DOC work on some structures.  The notice board at the start of the track gives approximate times to reach the Kauri – the walk will be attempted again in the summer time and after checking with DOC if the track is open.   It should be noted that the track is not actually marked, beyond the first few hundred metres, on the 1:50,000 topographic map

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Redwoods Rotorua

 

21.5km 6:12min ND

Topo50 Map: BE37 Rotorua

 

June 2009

This is a moderate walk based on distance alone since almost 22 kilometres are covered. Depending on whether there is active logging happening this tramp can be an out-and-back as described or an A-to-B walk exiting on SH5 for Taupo after including the Green Lake as well as the Blue. The walk starts in the magnificent Redwoods and passes through very varied forest after that, including some very regimented looking newer plantations of pine, to reach the Blue Lake which offers toilets and other facilities as a lunch stop.  Much of the walking is on well graded forest roads  - which can be boring and a bit of a route-march – whilst other sections are on good, almost back-country track.

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Ruapehu Crater Lake

VIDEO

11.84km 7:35min 1200m

Topo50 Map: BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

Jan 2008 A fairly stiff tramp as there is an ascent of over 1000metres from the Ski car parking area to the Dome Shelter overlooking the Crater Lake on Mount Ruapehu.  A huge range of surfaces to traverse from solid rock, boulder fields to loose, unstable scoria slopes plus snow in season.  There are sections of poled track and in places there are small cairns but sometimes it is free navigation upwards (this is not recommended when visibility is poor).  Time to the top is between 3 – 4 hours.  The effort can be reduced by using the ski lifts as they operate even in summertime GPX
Ruapehu Te Heuheu

VIDEO

5.81km 5:00min 978m

Topo50 Map:BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

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Mar 2014 A fairly stiff tramp as there is an ascent of close to 980 metres from the Ski Lift at Knoll Ridge Café (WP22009masl). Parking is usually available overlooking Happy Valley. The chairlift is used to get up the first, frustrating few hundred metres as this is all pretty rough walking. The real ascent then starts 30 minutes up the Skyline Trail in line with the top of a ski tow. There is a whole range of terrain to cross from a rough track, loose sandy gravel, boulders and scoria, solid rock which can be fairly hard scrambling at times. GPX
Ruapehu: Te Heuheu and Dome Equipment Shed 10.5km 6:00min 1139m

Topo50 BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

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Feb 2015  A fit tramp that calls for physical fitness and a good level of Alpine Tramping skills taking in Te Heuheu Peak then round the crater rim to the GNS Dome Equipment Shed overlooking Crater Lake.  However some pain avoided by using the ski lift up and down to Knoll Ridge Cafe GPX
 Ruapehu Te Kohatu 13.6km 7:36min 1314m

Topo50 Map: BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

May 2013 In the past this tramp has been done as a day outing but, to make it easier, it is possible to overnight in the Whakapapaiti Hut then get a really early start on what is a “Fit” category tramp. From the hut it is back up to and out a bit on the Round the Mountain (RMT) track then heading off-track up to and on to the bluffs below Mt Ruapehu. Te Kohatu is the high point on these bluffs.  In several places the route is “bluffed-out” and several work-arounds are required though there is no technical climbing involved – however it would not be suggested as suitable for the faint hearted. GPX
Saddle Cone 15.74 6:52min +/-500m

Topo 50 Map: BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

July 2012 A fairly strenuous walk in the moderate to fit category lasting four to six hours including breaks. It starts at the Chateau in Whakapapa, goes up the Whakapapa Ridge to the SE on to the Pinnacles Ridge then descends to the NE to cross the Wairere Stream and re-ascends on to the next ridge. From this ridge Saddle Cone can be seen off to the SE below Ruapehu and starts with a steep descent – which has to be re-ascended on the return. The route home is then via the Wairere Stream and the Tama Lakes track.   GPX
Scoria Flats to Whakapapa 11.3km 4:19min +/-400m

Topo50 Map: BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

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Dec 2014 April 2014 Aug 2005

An easy to moderate A to B walk of 4 to 5 hours using part of the round the mountain track and passing by the Whakapapaiti Hut. Some of the slopes soon after the start can be very slippery due to ice and snow and care is needed when the walk is done in winter time. There are two or three river / stream crossings but these are OK on stepping stones at the right time of year, but take care with the Whakapapaiti in wet conditions..  Come back into Whakapapa to the car park opposite the Chateau. There are a few steady climbs in places but, overall, the altitude gain and loss is less than 400 metres.  With good weather fantastic views of Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe can be obtained.

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Shine Falls 8.72km 3:40min +/-100m

Topo50 Map: BH39 Putorino

June 2012 A long time is spent travelling to the start of this short walk but is in wonderful forest with very informative notice boards and three “weta” houses or hotels are easily seen. As this is overall a downhill tramp it does prove very popular with hill-haters but there is a DoC warning that only experienced trampers should attempt this walk. GPX
Sigley Falls 16.09km 8:46min 307m Topo50 - BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

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Jan 2016 A walk in the woods that Bill Bryson might have baulked at. On the map it looks like 12km but GPS shoes that 16km are covered in getting through the dense bush and over the endless windfalls. Spectacular waterfalls -not easy to get photographs - and wild river scenery with lovely bush to walk in. However not for those with no faith in GPS and compass traversing. A to B so pick-up part required GPX
Silica Rapids 7.28km 2:30 - 3hrs 140m

Topo50 Map: BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

Jul 2005 April 2016

An easy 2 hour out and back or circular walk on a well formed track through Montane forest (beech / silver birch for the Europeans) to Silica Rapids passing Golden Rapids on the way.  Also pass the junctions to other short walks:  “The Whakakpapanui Track” and to the "Whakapapaiti Hut".  The out and back walk can be made circular by exiting to the Bruce Road from Silica Rapids – but this does mean some little distance walking on the road with traffic.

GPX
Silica Rapids & Whakapapaiti Hut 15.3km 6:15min ND

Topo50 Map: BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

April 2007 A moderate A to B tramp of 5 to 6 hours using part of the round the mountain track (RMT) passing Golden Rapids and, if desired, Silica Rapids then the Whakapapaiti Hut. Can make a good short overnight trip as well. GPX
Skips & Rogers 25km 5:52min 715m

Topo50 Map:BG39 Ruatahuna

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Jul 2014    Jul 2013 Either an easy short walk (14km) in and out to Skips Hut or a long hard one of 25km to get to Rogers Hut. Super bike track, good forest and birdlife - even Whio. Bird life is pretty good in addition to the Whio with fantails, warblers, woodpigeon and kaka often being seen or heard.   It is possible to average over 4km per hour on this track but be prepared for wobbly legs by the end. GPX
Smugglers Route

Described from N to S

16.6km 6:54min 1111m

Topo50: BH35 Turangi & BH34 Raurimu

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Permission required

Oct 2014  Nov 2015

 

A moderate plus walk of over 15km between Ketetahi and Mangatepopo, which can be done in either direction, and routed mainly off-track to the west of the Alpine Crossing passing behind North Crater and Mt Tongariro and incorporates Hardman's Ridge. As this tramp passes through Ketetahi Springs which is private land permission is required and the normal respect has to be shown when passing through private areas. This walk is based on following the 1500m level and it is suggested that the original route was perhaps nearer 1200m. It is quicker to walk S to N Mangatepopo to Ketetahi. N to S  GPX

S to N GPX

 

Smugglers  North Crater Crossing 19.88km 8:01min 913m Topo50 Map:BH35 Turangi & BH34 Raurimu

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April 2015 May 2014 A moderate plus to fit outing which is a combination of part of the Smugglers Route (up Hardman’s Ridge), off-track navigation over North Crater then some steep downhill to meet the Tongariro Alpine Crossing Track above Ketetahi Shelter. The crossing track is then followed down past the shelter and out to the car park just off Lake Rotoira Road (SH46).  Be well aware that Hardman’s Ridge is aptly named and getting up on to it is a grunt. The terrain to the north of Mt Tongariro is quite taxing to traverse through and there are some unmapped bluffs once on the rim of North Crater and getting out-bluffed can happen. This outing can be done in summer or winter but in summer it can be very hot and severe weather can exist in the winter months.  As described the trip was undertaken at the start of winter with snow on the ground and eight hours were required. Summer outing needs an hour or two less. GPX
Splittersville 10.21km 6:17min 397m Topo50: BH37 Rangataiki

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June 2016 A fairly hard walk of 10-12km requiring 5-6hours on hunters' tracks and old roads in the dense Kaimanawa bush off Palmer Mill Road to get to the site of an old wood "splitters" camp. Starts off grunting up on to Cherry Ridge behind Sika Lodge. GPX
Splittersville via 2 Jons 12.4km 5:17min 284m Topo50: BH37 Rangataiki

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July 2019 This walk in the woods takes around 5 or 6 hours depending on how often “displacement” occurs, covers just over 12km and ascends a total of 284metres. The route is almost all on hunters’ tracks, old historic roads and present day forestry roads. GPX
Stanton Memorial 8.3km 5:38min 525m

Topo50 Map: BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

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April 2014 April 2009 An 8km circular, mainly off-track challenging tramp that takes 5 – 6 hours.  The outwards route is all off-track through some very rough terrain and ascends 265 metres in the first 2 km, 440m are lost over the next 4km then a 200m ascent from kilometre 6 to 7 and finally losing a few metres on the last kilometre back to the car park. GPX
Stanton Memorial Bluff Walk 6.85km 4:26min 550m

Topo50 Map: BJ34 Mt Ruapehu

Nov 2012 A short, off track walk looking for a shortcut to get to the Stanton Memorial.  Rough, tough, great views but not for faint hearted GPX
Stanton Memorial anticlockwise 9.14km 4:51min 652m

Topo50 Map: BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

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May 2015 A new route to this fairly inaccessible rock on the side of Mt Ruapehu. About 90% off-track with some easy scrambling involved. Fairly rough terrain and a fair challenge for some but only 9km with under 700m ascending. GPX
Tall Chimney Biv 11.5km 5:15min 554m

Topo50 BH34 Raurimu

June 2013 May 2010 April 2016 A moderate tramp of just about 11km in around 5 hours on quite a tricky unmarked back-country track – in fact most of the track used is degraded four wheel quad bike track. If the correct road, tracks and turns are located navigation is easy.  Wet feet are guaranteed, unless rock-hopping is a talent, as the Okupata Stream (with Blue Duck seen) is crossed and this can be knee deep with slippery rocks.  The tramp is graded moderate as walking is not easy with many slippery sections plus exposure to lots of “cutty” grass. By 2016 the access road from the state highway was slower and potholed. The Biv also accessible via the 42 Traverse   GPX
Tama Lakes circuit 20.28km 5:50min 480m

Topo50 Map: BH34Raurimi & BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

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Sep 2009 Oct 2015 A  fairly long (19km flat map measure but 21+ by GPS), out-and-back walk in the moderate to fit category lasting five to six hours including breaks which starts and ends at the Chateau in Whakapapa. There is an overall altitude gain and loss of about 630 metres if Upper Tama Lake is reached. The first part of this is relatively easy but once past the Wairere Stream bridge the track is less good due to erosion and there is a bit of a grunt uphill from the Lower to Upper lake. If the weather is good a variation on the return can include walking down the ridge to circumnavigate the Lower Lake then later branch off to pass the Taranaki Falls. GPX
Tama Lake and Taranaki Stream Loop 16.05km 6:10min 240+m

Topo50: BH34 Raurimu &  BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

   

Mar 2010

A long 16km, circular walk in the moderate to fit category lasting about six and a half hours which starts and ends at the Chateau in Whakapapa. There is an overall altitude gain of about 240 metres up to Lower Tama Lake and the walk to this point is on good footpath with very little obvious ascending. The next part is off-track firstly heading NNW for about 2km to meet the Taranaki Stream which then flows WNW. The first part of this is relatively easy but once into the valley of the Taranaki Stream there are a few scrambles over rocks and up steep valley sides plus several stream crossings in wet weather or lots of rock hopping when the stream is dry. The latter part of the walk is on the footpath to Mangatepopo from Whakapapa – this path is not as well maintained.

GPX
Taradale Puketapu Loop

 

17.85k  4:49min  10m Topo50 Map: BK39 Hastings

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Jul 2016

This walk is all on very well formed, virtually level bike track basically covering 18km if the full loop is done. Boots are not required.  The outing can be shortened by doing an out and back on either bank – turning back when tired. Progress is quite fast with an average time of around 4 – 5 hours being adequate for most.

GPX
Taranaki Falls Loop

VIDEO

 

 

 7.32k  2:50min  295m

Topo50 Maps: BH34 Raurimu & BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

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May 2007 June 2015 A short (7km), loop or out-and-back walk that can be taken on a foul day – wind, rain plus low cloud – when it is just not possible to do much else from Whakapapa.  It is possible to do the loop in either direction and the choice might be influenced by conditions as the lower track used on the return in this write-up is more protected from the elements.  Total distance, as measured by GPS, is 7.32km with about a 300m gain / loss in altitude and it takes just over an hour to reach the falls going either way. GPX
Tarawaere Dam and Billy Goat Track - Coromandel

 

 9k  4:00min  ND

Topo50 Map: BB35 Hikuai

NB Early model GPS plus poor signal in use so not too accurate

April 2005

A moderate to fit six hour walk including coffee break and lunch stop.  Initially over a swing bridge then several minor stream crossings and latterly up a steep, rough, slippery, not-overused south facing slope with heavy vegetation.  Descent is on warmer, drier north facing slope through area of previous kauri logging.

GPX
Tarawera Trail

 

 13k  4:30min  550m

Topo50 Map: BF37 Waiotapu & BF38 Kaingaroa Forest                                                                

Water taxi required   07 362 8080

Jul 2013    Jul 2018 Driving time is just over one hour to reach the start.  This is a moderate tramp with a lot of ascending and descending through native forest on the south side of Lake Tarawera between Tarawera Landing on Punaromia Beach and Hot-water Beach in Te Rata Bay. Total ascent is 550 metres and the hard work is nearer the South end. Can be done in either direction but taking the water taxi to start prevents possible long, cold hanging about  at or racing to the end to get the water taxi back.    GPX

 

 

Tauhara

 

 5.9km  2:46min  536m

Topo50 Map: BG36-Taupo

Access restored to the public in January 2016 having been  denied by the Maori Trust in January 2015

Every year A moderately easy walk for children of 2 hours up and 1:30 minutes down on fairly good footpath which has some tricky bits where gullies have formed – there are detours. Distance covered is just over 3km in each direction and the climb is 536 metres, with the same 536 metres to descend on the way down.  Quite a lot of bird life (Tui) and many Silver Ferns.  This walk is suitable for children but they must be supervised. GPX
Tauhara Forest

 

 15.5k  4:43min  488m

Topo50 Map: BG36-Taupo

Permission required check with Lynne King

Nov 2013 Special permission required for this walk which covers much of the course of the now defunct Tauhara off-road half marathon. Lots of forest, sufficient uphill and fairly strenuous. About 15km and 4 - 5 hours. GPX
Tauranga Taupo Waterfall

 

12.7km  5:37min   ND

Topo50 BH36 Motutere

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May 2013 Sept 2015 A tramp which is not too demanding physically but which does have a few sections requiring a fair amount of nerve and skill in descending and ascending rather steep, tricky slopes.  The whole walk normally takes about 5 - 6 hours with stops for lunch and morning tea.  Different routes in and out add to the variation and make up for the lack of views on this forest walk.  Inwards is through very dense forest starting on a pretty good track which meanders in and out of the valleys of this relatively dissected area. The return trip is made longer by using the quad-bike track but this has no severe slopes as most of the track is wide and pretty gentle.  The highest point on this tramp is in the car park and there is an overall loss of almost 250m getting to the Tauranga Taupo river and the waterfall whilst there are about 400m of ascent in the whole walk. GPX
Te Iringa Punchy's Road

 

15.2km  6:45min  ND

Topo50 Series Map: BH37 Rangitaiki

 

June 2015 Another exploratory linking two tramps; Te Iringa Track and Punchy Wallace's Road. Sufficient information presented to allow the keen, GPS enabled tramper to get round this 15km, often off-track 7 hour outing. GPX
Te Iringa Tikitiki Stream

 

19.9km  7:12min 1050m

Topo50 Series Map: BH37 Rangitaiki

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Aug 2012 June 2014

A hard, 20km out-and-back walk involving over 1,000m of ascent taking 5 - 7 hours which can be done on even a very wet, rainy day. Going outwards beyond 2 hours or so involves some serious downhill meaning a bit of a grunt on the return.  The path is pretty good most of the time though there are one or two slightly tricky bits due to windfalls and / or streamline crossings.  The superb forest offers good shelter and the surface of the path is clean and relatively dry – there is little or no mud!  This is a superb forest area and there are some large trees still standing plus some of the artifacts from logging days can be seen.

GPX
Te Iringa Tikitiki Waterfall

 

21.7km 10:24min  1100m Topo50Map: BH37 Rangitaiki

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May 2015 A long hard tramp in the fit category in the Te Iringa track for several km then an off-track loop to pass close to the waterfall on the Tikitiki Stream ending up at the bottom end of the Te Iringa Track at the Tikitiki Stream. Last 10km home mainly uphill and about 3 - 3:30min. Always take a torch and extra food GPX
Te Mata Peak

 

 5.4km  2:41min  254m Topo50: BK39 Hastings

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Mar 2018 After a two and a half hour drive this walk is a real beauty - very short at about 6km - the scenery is great, enough steep zigzagging for most people so some effort involved GPX
Te Tuhi and Mangamuka Hut

 

16.85km 7:45min ND

Topo50: BD36 Lower Kaimai

Feb 2013 It takes almost 2 hours to drive from Taupo to the car park at the end of Te Tuhi Road.  The walk is best described as a hard grunt uphill through farmland then native forest followed by a moderately long walk in undulating terrain in places within superb broad-leafed, mainly beech trees. After about 90 minutes there is relatively easy walking but there are no features of note hence the map shows few waypoints. After the Mangamuka Hut there is some bog to get through then it is more featureless forest walking back to the North South track then retrace the entry route GPX
Te Tuhi to Wairere Falls

 

14.15km  6:22min    ND

Topo50: BD36 Lower Kaimai

Aug 2007 It takes almost 2 hours to drive from Taupo to the car park at the end of Te Tuhi Road via Matamata to the start.  The walk is best described as a hard grunt uphill followed by a moderate undulating walk through superb broad-leafed, mainly beech, forest followed by a knee trembling descent back down to the car park at the end of Goodwin Road .  On the way there are fantastic views from above Wairere Falls plus great views of the falls. The descent can be made “exciting” if the old Maori Trail down is followed – not recommended for the wary or unfit. GPX
Ten Man Hut

 

23.05km  7:05min   642m Topo50 Map: BH34 Raurimu

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May 2015 A fairly long tramp (23km) on what are now used as bike tracks which have been quite badly eroded by quad bike use. There are many tracks mapped in the area but all of them do not seem to exist so care is required – also the target hut is not located in the position shown on the current map. There are several red clay slopes to contend with and, during wet periods, endless puddles big enough to hide crocodiles so falling in is not a good idea as they can be deep. A lot of the walking is on gravel road. An overnighter is also very possible. There is the overnight option by stopping over at the Hut Day walk GPX

Overnighter GPX

Three Sisters, Pillars of Hercules and Tree Trunk Gorge

 

13.6km

4:50min

341m

Topo50 map BH35 Turangi                             With the vagaries of weather conditions trip leaders on this tramp must have a clear arrangement with their van mover to cover all options:                                 1 Van mover walks in to the stream (WP10) to assess the situation and talk to the party if timing is correct.                               2 Relocate the van to Pillars car-park after discussion or after an hour over expected exit time.

Sep 2010 June 2015 Feb 2017 Sep 2019 A very pleasant little stroll on first rate track through mature broadleaf forest from SH1 to the bridge over the gorge at Pillars of Hercules then on to the road bridge on Tree Trunk Road over the gorge.  There are a couple of stream crossings so wet feet are possible and during wet weather the second crossing is not advisable as the stream is quite deep and can be swift flowing. This walk can be manipulated to give out and back or one way trips if a driver is used to move the transport but note the advisory on planning opposite.

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GPX
Timber Trail from Piropiro Southwards

 

10.5km 3:50min 324m Topo50  BG34 Piropiro May 2019 This is a walk on the Timber Trail so one must be aware of MTB cyclists all the time – they do travel pretty quickly a lot of the time.  It is a delightful walk in great forest which has very active bird-life, near the start anyway! One can walk as far as time allows and on the day distances of 5 – 7km outwards were covered – and back of course.  GPXaccess

GPXTrail

Timber Trail MTB       Piropiro to Ongarue

No written description

42.3km 6:26min ND Topo50 BG33 Onagarue , BG34  Piropiro

1:250000 series Sheet 09

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Nov 2014 Over 40km of off-road MTB trail with many signs and information boards to keep up the interest. Starts over a massive suspension bridge and includes the "spiral". Allow up to 6 - 7 hours. No waypoints included just the track trace. Fair amount of hill work. GPX
Timber Trail MTB        Pureora to Piropiro

No written description

40km 4 - 6hrs ND BF34 Benneydale, BF35 Whakamaru, BG34 Piropiro, BG35 Tihoi                              1:250000 series Sheet 09                          Photos via the photolinks  page Apr 2015 A 40km hilly MTB ride with a few tricky bits and fabulous swing bridges.  Allow 4 - 6 hours GPX
Tongariro Alpine Crossing

 

 

19.9km 6:45min 1138m

Topo50 Map: BH34 Raurimu & BH35 Turangi

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Video link

https://vimeo.com/389300993/907387673c

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April 2011 Oct 2015 One of the must-do walks on the North Island which takes 6 – 7 hours of fairly strenuous effort, careful planning and attention to the weather. If really fit and brave try doing it leaving Mangatepopo hut at 3am to get the sunrise on Red Crater. The tramp starts at 1100masl at Mangatepopo, rises to almost 1900m on Red Crater then falls to 760 at the northern car park near Lake Rotoaira Road so be prepared for some serious temperature drop as the ascent is made. If high winds or other inclement weather is forecast think twice before starting and ensure full wet-weather and cold gear is carried plus, especially in warm weather, in excess of a couple of litres of water – there is none available once you start. The path is first rate most of the way to the foot of the staircase, excellent up the new steps and stairs and can be downright treacherous on the ascent to Red Crater.  The descent from Red Crater to the Emerald Lakes is very loose and rough and caution is needed. But it is possible to avoid the worst part by looping NW the N through Central Crater. DOC has rerouted much of the track from near the Blue Lake down past the Ketetahi Hut and now avoids going near the hot springs. GPX
Tongariro River Walkway

 

14km 3:38min 176m

Topo50 Maps: BH35-Turangi

Sept 2013

A very easy, pleasant walk southwards on the true right bank of the Tongariro River to cross to the true left bank on one of a couple of bridges to return to the bridge in Turangi. Views that are not normally seen are available and the 14km or so offer a fair workout without being onerous. Allow 3 to 4 hours for the round trip without hurrying.

GPX
Tui Mine and Te Aroha Trig

 

13.5km 6:30min 900m

Topo50 Map: BC35 Paeroa

April 2009

A hard circular tramp of around 6 hours covering 13.5km with over 900 metres of ascent and descent from the Domain in Te Aroha, up past the Tui Mine then over Te Aroha Summit with its giant communications mast and back down to the Domain.

GPX
Tukino Alpine Hut

 

5.99km 5:07min 493m

Topo50 Maps:

BJ34 Mount Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru

Key required for road gate      

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Feb 2015 March 2011

 

A moderate plus to fit round-trip walk of 5 hours including coffee / tea stop and lunch break.  There are a few areas where scrambling is required up some of the low bluffs and rocky ridges.  The final descent into the small valley just before the hut can be a problem as some of the soft “scree” areas can freeze over and behave like the surface of slippery rock or glacier and caution must be used.  To avoid this area it is possible and  better to go higher up the final ridge and go around the top of this little valley. GPX
Tukino to Desert Rd via Mangatoetoenui Stream

 

11.99km 5:04min Little

Topo50 Maps:

BJ34 Mount Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru

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Jan 2019 A walk of 5 hours including coffee / tea stops and lunch break. The route starts off cross-country from near the masts on Tukino Access Rd northwest-wards heading towards Ngauruhoe then goes north on the Round-the-Mountain track to cross the bridge over the Mangatoetoenui stream. The rest of the walk is off-track traversing parallel to the stream before heading NE following a 4-wheel drive track  to meet the Waihohonu Track and ending up on the Desert Road. GPX
Tukino Streams

 

10.57km 4:15min Little

Topo50 Maps:

BJ34 Mount Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru Permission required for road use - locked gate

Mar 2007 An easy walk of 4 hours including coffee / tea stops and lunch break. The route starts off cross-country northwest-wards heading towards Ngauruhoe then goes north on the Round-the-Mountain track to cross the bridge over the Mangatoetoenui stream. The rest of the walk is off-track traversing parallel to the stream heading ENE then ESE and finally NE to the Desert Road GPX
Tukino Trot

 

10.09km 4:31min 230m

Topo50 Maps:

BJ34 Mount Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru

Permission required for road use - locked gate

Jul 2006 A moderate round-trip of 4 hours including coffee / tea stop and lunch break.  There are a few areas where care has to be exercised since in the summer the ground is rough with many ankle turning opportunities and, in wintertime, some of the slopes can be slightly icy. There is an overall height gain of about 230 metres, a few climbs but none of these are too severe. GPX
Tukino Ski Village Mangatoetoenui

 

8.2km 4:10min 366m Topo50 Map J34 Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru

Permission required for road use - locked gate

Jan 2018 Not a long walk but not for the faint-hearted or clumsy as there is a fair bit of steep gravel slope to negotiate as well as small sections with larger rocks and boulders. There are three stream crossings but only one is deep enough to be “thrilling” whilst the others can normally be crossed without getting wet feet. Depending on skills and fitness 3 – 4 hours can be required for the 8km that are covered GPX
Tukino to Waihohonu - no formal write up

 

14.2km 4:50min Little Topo50 Map BJ35 Waiouru

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May 2018 A straightforward walk from the communications masts on Tukino Access Road northwards on the Round the Mountain Track, past the Ohinepango Springs, Waihohonu Hut for lunch then out to the Desert Road. A bit over 14km requiring about 5 hours GPX
Tupapakurua Falls

 

12.7km 6:00min

 

185m

Topo50 Map: BH33 Retaruke & BH34 Raurimu

Aug 2007 A moderate out-and-back tramp of 13km total length requiring 4 – 5 hours to view a wonderful waterfall. With this target the walk is best done when it is or has been raining but this means the track will be slippery and tricky after the halfway point  to the end since only the first section of track has been upgraded.  A few sections are a bit of a grunt with an overall altitude variation of 185 metres. Good footwear is required as several of the slopes on the latter part are steep and slippery when wet.  The furthest point reached took 3 hours on the day but his did include a 30 minute lunch break. GPX
Tupapakurua Falls and Retaruke

 

19.48km 7:20min 250m

Topo50 Map: BH33 Retaruke & BH34 Raurimu

Oct 2008 Mar 2015

This location offers

  1.    The Tupapakurua Falls and return to National Park in 4 – 6 hours

  2.    Walk the length of Fisher Road down to Retaruke in about 4 – 6 hours

  3.    Tupapakurua Falls then down the road to Retaruke in about 7 hours

The third option is described here whilst Option No 1 is described above

GPX
Two Jons Camp - by GPS

 

10.98km 4:58min 150m

Topo50 Map: BH37 Rangitaiki

Oct 2008 NOT RECOMMENDED WITHOUT SOMEONE WHO HAS BEEN BEFORE: A moderate to easy walk of 4 – 5 hours which should not be attempted without having someone along who knows the area and tracks.  However, this walk has now been completed navigating by GPS Unit. The walk is mainly on uncharted, hunters tracks and old forestry roads through both virgin and logged forest.  The uncharted tracks are mainly hunters’ tracks and are marked by paint splashes (reddish and yellow) on the trees whilst many of the old roads are quite heavily overgrown in places.   Wind-fall trees can be slight hazards or inconveniences on the walk. GPX
Umukarikari

 

15km 7:10min 1038m

Topo50 Series Map: BH35 Turangi

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Jan 2013  Nov 2019 A long, relatively strenuous walk of 6–7 hours ascending 1038metres, covering just over 15km (GPS). This can be shortened to 5-6 hours if the target is the track junction for Urchin just below Sharp Cone. From this junction It takes another hour to summit Umukarikari and involves another 2–3km and 140 metres of ascent and descent. GPX
Upper Matakuhia Hut

 

16.02km 4:12min 523m

Topo50 Maps: BG38 Wairapukao & BH38 Te Haroto

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May 2014 May 2013 A moderate tramp through very thick, mature native forest on a back-country track – a bit of a challenge in places but with some fantastic giant trees to admire and narrow shelves on landslips to tackle.  The track is downhill on the outwards direction losing just over 300 metres overall but the return, though uphill, is easier than might be expected with moderate slopes.  The track has not been cleared for a long time and care is needed not to trip over the invading flax which also hide erosion damage at the side of the track with large drops to the valleys below. Just on 9km in each direction which can be covered in 2 to 3 hours by competent trampers meaning that the target hut is a good lunch spot. GPX
Urchin to Waipakihi River

 

8.0km

14:9km

4:00min

6:01min

800m

1238m

Topo50 Map:BH35 Turangi

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July 2015 June 2014 Aug 2013 July 2012

A moderate + walk of 8-14km about 4–6 hours depending on whether the Trig Point of Urchin is the target, or if the walk is extended along the ridge to the junction for Waipakihi / Umukarikari. Then the choice is to descend into the Waipakihi Valley or go to the end of the Urchin ridge to the new link track to Umukarikari. The first and last options entail about 13-15km distance with over 1000m ascent on the Waipakihi option.  On a windy day this is a very exposed tramp and care must be taken but, if clear, the views are worth it. The track is good all the way with no “tricky” or “technical” bits and suitable for all trampers apart from the descent / re-ascent to the Waipakihi.

GPX
Urchin Umukarikari Link

or

Umukarikari Urchin

 

19.5km 7:18min 1329m

Topo50 BH35 Turangi

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Jan 2014 Feb 2015 Feb 2016 Several years ago Cyclone Bola obliterated the track linking Urchin and Umukarikari and the tramp described here is on the link which was reopened in 2009, the track has improved in the years since then. This is a hard day walk requiring between 7 and 10 hours and should not be undertaken by large parties or the fainthearted.  The actual “link” is  best described as a gnarly, grunty obstacle course in several places, but it is well worth doing.  The tramp can be done in either direction but as the car park at Urchin is about 120m higher than the one for Umukarikari the attraction of less altitude to overcome is worth considering. Recorded map distance is 17.5km but in fact, with altitude 1300m or so ascending, distance is nearer 19.5km. GPX
Vern's Camp (Clearing) from Minginui

 

17.68km 5:33min 371m 260 - V18 Whirinaki Sept 2005 June 2019

 

 

An easy to moderate tramp of just over 5 hours with very little altitude gain or loss involved through very pleasant native forest, saved by action taken by David Bellamy amongst others.  The track is generally very good and follows a route parallel to the Whirinaki River. On the return trip a deviation via the Waterfall Loop is used.  On the trail there is a Track Log Book, located about 7 minutes into the walk, which you should sign on the way in and out.  Also several of the native trees are identified with notices – these include Miro, Matai, Tawa, Khamahi and Totara.  There are also information boards about the “Podocarp” trees and also about local ducks. At Vern’s Camp, where there used to be a hut, there is a toilet and a picnic table in the middle of the clearing so a very pleasant stop can be had – if the weather is good.

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Waihaha Echo Rock

 

15.48 5:52min 416m

Topo50 Map: BG35 Tihoi

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Jul 2018

A fairly strenuous , longish (16km) 5–6 hour out and back trip from off SH32 down towards and parallel to Lake Taupo on relatively new MTB track which is part of the Great Lake Trail.  There is a fair bit of climbing involved – some 500 metres (GPS) gain / loss – but there is nothing steep or tricky.

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Waihaha Hut and beyond

 

23.46km 6:15min 300m

Topo50 Map: BG34 Piropiro & BG35 Tihoi

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Sep 2008 Aug 2015 July 2018 A fairly hard, long (20+km) 6–8 hour out and back trip from SH32 parallel to the Waihaha River to about 45 minutes beyond the Waihaha Hut on the Hauhungaroa track.There is next to no climbing involved – only 300 metres (GPS) gain / loss, the path is very good in most parts and passes many idyllic fishing spots in this very scenic valley.  The trip in seems to take longer than the return but this is mainly due to the fact that everyone stops to check or identify the luxurious vegetation and check out the promising looking fishing spots. Less ambitious trampers can turn round at any point but most make it to the Waihaha Hut. GPX
Waihaha River bike trail

 

26.1km 6:47min 614m

Topo50 BG34 Piropiro & BG35 Tihoi

Permission not required to access this trail  

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Nov 2014 Feb 2014 June 2013

 

A long, moderately hard tramp due to the distance involved covering 26 kilometres with 614m of ascent, if the full walk to the track end is completed. The track is superb as it is an easy grade bike track and part of the Great Lake Trail. Being an out-and-back walk the distance can be altered to suit physical ability, conditions or time available. Scenery is wonderful with great views of the Waihaha River, waterfalls, landform and geology plus the varied vegetation encountered. The link to Waihora is in hand and hopefully can be walked soon by driving in to the track end via Waihaha Road and the paper road - there is a car park. GPX
Waihohonu Huts

 

16.2km 5:30min 175m

Topo50 Map: BJ35 Waiouru

 

Aug 2005

This is an easy to moderate one-day tramp passing the new Waihohonu Hut , visiting the old historic Waihohonu Hut  then returning with a diversion to the Ohinepango Springs.  The first part consists of 1:30 to 1:45 minutes walk into Waihohonu Hut on first rate, virtually level track then having morning tea, though there is view-point after about 1 hour on the way in where a stop can be made.  Another 30 - 40 minutes takes you to the old Waihohonu Hut which now is classified as a historic building.     The next diversion is a  spur walk  to the Ohinepango Springs and it should be noted that there is one extremely steep, often slippery descent getting to and from the springs. There is, however, a rope on this slope to help get up and down.  The whole tramp can be completed in around 5 hours to 5:30 minutes and there is very little gain or loss of altitude on the walk.

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Waihohonu Springs

 

18.78km 6:30min 595m

Topo50 BJ35 Waiouru

Oct 2010   Oct 2017

A relatively long, slightly taxing walk of 5-7 hours over almost 20km. From the car park  near the desert highway into the Waihohonu Hut  is an easy, if somewhat boring, walk. From the Waihohonu Hut there is a bit of a climb up the Oturere Track but the slope eases once the path is left and the NW ridge running up to Tama is followed.  No track here but the footing is pretty good with a gentle down-slope sidle to reach the springs.  The route out can be the reverse of inwards or a bit of bush bashing, with stream crossings, down the Waihohonu Stream then up to meet the Oturere track and back to Waihohonu Hut.

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Waihora to Bog Inn

 

14.94km 6:10min 785m

Topo50 Map: BG34 Piropiro & BG35 Tihoi

Aug 2012 A fairly strenuous 6 hour A to B day tramp which can be tackled in either direction but there are hills in either direction.  If really keen a short 2km extension can be added by going in to the Bog Inn Hut but this section of track is diabolical when the tide is in!   Walking clockwise from Waihora to Bog Inn gives just on 15km distance with an ascent of 785metres requiring just on the six hours GPX
Waihora via Waihaha      day walk

VIDEO

 

23.73km 7:20min 694m

Topo50 BG34 Piropiro + BG35 Tihoi

May 2011

A very strenuous 6 - 7 hour A to B tramp from SH32 parallel to the Waihaha River to the Waihaha Hut (9.7km) then a hard loop of 14km to the Waihora Road end.

Also described as an over-nighter in the "Over-nighters" section below.

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Waikato River Trail Arapuni section

 

5.26km 1:52min 100m  Topo50  BE35  Putararu Jun 2008 A different walk with a lot of driving and van moving involved.  A short scenic stroll from Arapuni gives a view of the massive swing bridge plus the power station then along the bluffs above the Waikato River, passing Arapuni Dam with a good viewpoint before descending to the riverside again.  Distance covered is just over 5km with height loss and gain of 100 metres. GPX
Waikato River Trail Atiamuri  section

 

11.03km 2:48min 20m  Topo50  BF36 Atiamuri Jun 2008 This section is actually  rather boring and inclined to be a bit of a route-march. There is some good scenery once near Atiamuri but the magnificent bluffs and river gorge views are far fewer and less spectacular. The track varies greatly and is still under development, there are no hills to ascend but there are 11km to cover whilst altitude loss gain is only 20 metres. GPX
Waikato River Trail Maraetai to Waipapa

 

13.68km 4:23min 336m Topo50: BF35 Whakamaru

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Aug 2018 A straightforward walk of 14km over 4- 5 hours on good quality forest roads and track which now comprise part of the Waikato River Trail MTB track. The only warnings are that the track can be slippery in places so “boots for sky” can happen and in the summer time it can get rather warm so a good supply of drinking water should be carried – you are close to the river but high above it. GPX
Waikato River Trail - Wapapa Northwards

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ND ND ND Topo50: BE35 Arapuni & BF35 Waipapa

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Aug 2016 A 4 -5 hour relatively easy walk on "demanding" bike track from Waipapa Dam northwards to the end of Waotu Road South. If you like bike carrying then have a go and tackle the large sets of steps which have a bike rail. Pick up point is very end of Waotu Road South. No write up as full records not collected - GPX covers first 3km and pick up point. GPX
Waikato River Trail - Whakamaru to Mangakino

 

11.13km 2:58min 151m Topo 50:  BF35 Waipapa August 2019 A straightforward A to B walk of 11km easily done within 3 hours on good quality forest roads and tracks which now comprise part of the Waikato River MTB Trail. Some very good views of the Waikato River and hydro-dam lakes. GPX
Waipakihi Valley

 

15km 5:30min 112m

Topo50: BJ35 Waioru

Mar 2009

An easy, if somewhat wet, tramp of 4 – 5 hours up the Waipakihi River and back.  The walk is wet because there are about 14 river crossings to be tackled. This number increases the further the tramp is extended.  There is a track in many places though it is not too distinct but walk direction is relatively simple as it follows the river.  The access from the Desert Highway plus GPS track of the walk can be seen on the map.  There is an altitude loss of just over 50 metres from the car park down to the first river crossing then a gradual gain of the same amount walking up the valley to the point reached on this outing.  Total walk distance inwards, as mapped, is 7.5km (GPS) giving just over 15 km for the round trip.

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Waipapa Tracks

 

15.8km (map)

19.1km (GPS)

8:19min 546m Topo50: BF34 Benneydale & BF35 Whakamaru

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Aug 2016 This is classified as a “fit” grade of tramp as it does take about 8 hours, is mainly on “routes” not tracks and the area has in the past suffered a great deal of windfall so there is endless clambering over trees – some of them absolute giants. Then there are several stream crossings thrown in to help keep the feet cool and the boots clean. But the saving grace is that this is all  pretty well undisturbed forest with several awe-inspiring giant trees, amazing birdlife – many Kaka – and if one is careful and can follow the various coloured markers there is endless tramping to be done. GPX
Wairere Falls

 

11.7km 5:00min 500m

Topo50: BD36 Lower Kaimai

April 2007 Dec 2017 Easy to moderate, almost non-stop, unrelenting climb to the top of the Wairere waterfall and back covering about 12km in over 3 - 4hours.  The descent can be made “exciting” if the old Maori Trail down is followed – not recommended for the wary or unfit. GPX
Wairere Falls and Puketutu Hut

 

16.6km     4hrs      up

3hrs  down

600m

Topo50: BD36 Lower Kaimai

 

April 2008

The walk is best described as moderate plus with an almost non-stop, unrelenting climb from the word go till the crest above the top of the Wairere waterfall is reached.  Most of this path is well groomed, not overly steep and there are several sections of steps and ladders, with platforms, large rocks and boardwalks.  Once at the top the terrain is, at first, a well nigh level plain which can be boggy at times. The Wairere then the North tracks are followed and to reach the Puketutu Hut there is a small, poorly marked track branching off near an animal gravesite.  This track takes about an hour with a slight grunt uphill.  Being an out-and-back walk one can turn back at any time but the full walk requires 4 hours outwards and about 3 hours return. The final descent can be made “exciting” if the old Maori Trail down is followed – not recommended for the wary or unfit.

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Wairere Stream crash site

 

17.9km 8:18min 1000+m

Topo50: BH34 Raurimu &  BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

 

Jun 2010 A moderate to fit loop tramp of 5 to 9 hours depending on how far you go or the weather or conditions allow with the short loop only 11km.  This is a high altitude tramp and adverse conditions can exist in any season.  There are many bluffs after about 2 hours and good visibility is essential.  The tramp starts on the tourist track towards Tama Lakes from the Chateau then heads SSE following the Wairere Stream on a rough track which is unclear at times.  About an hour or so out there is a series of waterfalls and impressive whaleback ridges and pinnacles.  There is a “grunty” ascent up through bluffs at about 2 hours on to a gently to moderately sloping area – this ascent can be impossible in snow and ice.  From here a sidle due south is done heading straight at Te Heuheu peak. At some point the Wairere Stream line is crossed and the route then loops back towards Whakapapa on the Whakapapa Ridge. This walk can be attempted in wintertime but is better as a summer outing. GPX
Wairere Stream, Pinnacles & Whakapapa Ridges

 

14.6km 5:32min 710m Topo50 Map: BH34 Raurimu & BJ34 Ruapehu

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Dec 2013 A moderate to fit loop tramp of 5 to 6 hours depending on fitness level or as the weather allows.  The tramp starts on the tourist track towards Tama Lakes from the Chateau then heads SSE following the Wairere Stream. At some point the stream line is crossed and the route then loops back towards Whakapapa via the Pinnacles then Whakapapa Ridge. This walk can be attempted in wintertime but is better as a summer outing. Short cut and extensions both possible. GPX
Weraroa Trig

 

17.1km 7:29min 778m

Topo50 Map: BG34 Piropiro & BG35 Tihoi

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Oct 2015 A fairly grunty day walk of 6 - 8 hours out and back from Waihora though wonderful, wet mossy forest with great birdlife. Hunters and their camps often encountered as well as parties of school students having the bush experience. Can be made into A to B walks by exiting via Bog Inn or Waihaha Hut. GPX
Whakaipo Bay to Kinloch (W2K track)

 

21.21km 6:06min 430m

Topo50: BG36-Taupo

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Sep 2008 Sept 2015 A moderate tramp of 4 to 6 hours covering 14 to 20+ kilometres depending on whether the Headland Track is included. Neither the 14km W2K or the 23km Headland tracks are flat but there are no slopes steep enough to be described as “grunts” to the normal tramper.  However, be warned, THIS IS A BIKE TRACK so be aware all the time and alert enough to get out of the way as there are many virtually blind corners, summits and bends and bikes travel at over 30km per hour in places  A good way to tackle this tramp is to split the party with transport at either end.  In Kinloch there is a car park directly behind the Fire Station just past the Marina.  This track is now used for the Kinloch Off Road Challenge races including a marathon, half and quarter marathos and a 5km. GPX
Whakapapa Ridge, Saddle Cone and Wairere Stream

 

16.4km 6:01min 724m

Topo50 Map: BH34 Raurimu & BJ34 Ruapehu

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June 2014

A strenuous walk, mainly off-track  in the moderate to fit category lasting five to six hours, covering about 16km and ascending almost 700 metres with some slightly “hairy” descents. It starts and ends at the Chateau (WP011134masl) in Whakapapa. The route goes up the Whakapapa Ridge, crosses the Pinnacles Ridge, descends to cross the Wairere Stream then crosses another ridge to get to Saddle Cone – which was incorrectly marked on the current NZTM map. The return walk gets back in to the Wairere Stream, out to meet the Tama Lakes track and back to the Chateau

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Whakapapa Ridge and Silica Rapids

 

12.7km 5:40min 630m

Topo50 BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

 

Nov 2010 A fairly strenuous circular walk in the moderate category lasting four to five hours including breaks. It starts and ends at the Chateau in Whakapapa and can be lengthened or shortened at will. There are three routes that can be followed but at present only two of these are logged and described. Starting in Whakapapa the route goes up the Whakapapa ridge which lies to the NE of the Whakapapanui Stream. The stream is crossed then, with various options, the Bruce Road is reached after crossing the Waipuna Stream.  From here it is possible  to walk down the road but the better option is to slip off on to the track (WR21 1258masl) for Silica Rapids and get back to Whakapapa via the Silica and Golden Rapids.  Much of the first half of this tramp is off-track whilst the track via the rapids takes a bit over an hour GPX
Whakapapa Ridge Whakapapanui Stream

 

8.76km 3:51min 386m

Top050 Map: BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu

Nov 2011 A relatively easy walk taking close to 4 hours covering about 9km with 300-400 metres of ascent. Starting at the car park in Whakapapa the route goes up the Whakapapa Ridge (poorly maintained track) to a fair height then drops off to the right (south) into the Whakapapanui Stream. From this point  the walk continues upstream on the true right bank then climbs back up on to the Whakapapa Ridge at a high point just before the Pinnacles Ridge starts. From here it is an easy descent back down to Whakapapa. GPX
Whakapapa Ridge and Wairere Stream

 

12.96km 5:15min 700m

Topo50 BJ34 Mnt Ruapehu & BH34 Raurimu

Dec 2010

A fairly strenuous walk in the moderate to fit category lasting four to five hours including breaks. It starts and ends at the Chateau in Whakapapa and can be lengthened or shortened at will or as the weather dictates The plan on the day was to continue to the SSW on the Pinnacles Ridge as far as possible until a descent was made near the chairlift up above Happy Valley – low cloud and very poor visibility made this impossible as there are bluffs all around in the area to be accessed.  The exit used on the day was to head back down the Pinnacles Ridge then descend steeply into the Wairere Stream and follow that back to meet the Tama Lakes track and hence back to Whakapapa.

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Whakapapaiti Hut from Whakapapa via Silica Rapids

 

15.3km 6:15min ND

Topo50 BJ34-Mnt Ruapehu

Jul 2011 A moderate A to B tramp of 5 to 6 hours using part of the round the mountain track passing Golden Rapids and, if desired, Silica Rapids then the Whakapapaiti Hut. If shortened or aborted due to weather then it is a long way back out using the inwards route but if the river is high there is no alternative but to retrace the route GPX
Whakapapanui Track

 

3.58km one way 55min   one way 150m

Topo50: BJ34 Mnt Ruapeh & BH34 Raurimu

Aug 2005

An easy 2 hour out and back or circular walk on a well formed track through Montane forest (beech / silver birch for the Europeans) basically following the Whakapapanui stream down stream from near the Chateau in Whakapapa Village.  Nothing spectacular on this track but nice secluded forest which is pretty wet in parts with a lot of lichens and moss on the trees plus some mistletoe on the trees, look for the anti-possum bands. 

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Whakatane Ohope

 

10.19km 4:30min 352m Topo50: BE40 Whakatane

 

May 2016 A delightful walk on the hilly Kohi Point Walkway from Whakatane to Ohope Beach, quite hard work due to steep slopes and staircases. Good forest and sea birdlife. Bay Hopper bus back from Ohope after coffee and ice cream GPX
Whangaehu Valley

 

10.86km 6hours 585m

Topo50 Series Maps: BJ34 Ruapehu & BJ35 Waiouru

Sep 2011

A first attempt at the wrong time of year to get up into the Tukino Ski Village via the Whangaehu Valley. The first hour is spent walking on the Round the Mountain track towards the Rangipo Hut then the rest is off-track through very mixed terrain from soft, easy walking ridges to steep loose scree descents – then there is the Lahar gully!  In winter time it is just not possible to proceed up the gullied sections of the Whangaehu streamline.

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Whirinaki Track

 

VIDEO

 

26.3km 7:15min Going N downhill

Going S uphill

+/-700m

BG38 Wairapukao

 

Jan 2013

Several variations of moderate to fit walks are possible but this note basically covers walking from the car park on Plateau Road in the forest area to Minginui via the Central Whirinaki Hut and the “cave”.   This is a long walk of 26+km and has to be tackled at a relatively hard pace to ensure reaching the goal well before dark since there is still along drive back to Taupo from Minginui via Murupara and Rainbow Mountain on SH5.  Access to the starting point on Plateau Road is not too easy so use of the map or, better, someone who knows the way acting as a guide is essential. A good tramps to do a swap-over using two vehicles but plan well as communications limited via cell-phone.

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Whirinaki upper Hut Taumutu Stream

 

16.7km 6:45min 726m

Topo50 BG38 Wairapukao

Dec 2010 This is a pretty hard, 17km tramp on badly over-grown tracks in to the Upper Whirinaki Hut then onwards following the Taumutu Stream  to meet the Whirinaki–Central Hut track. Depending on time of year, time available and fitness, it is only a few kilometres to head north to the Central Hut but think about this as there is still quite a long way to go outwards passing and visiting the “cave”. After the cave it is a bit of a grunt back up the hill to the Plateau Road car-park and overall there are over 700 metres of ascent and descent. GPX
YMCA, CNI to Link Road

 

10.97km 5:51min 770m

Topo50 BF35 Whakamaru

May 2011 An easy to moderate, muddy in places, slightly tricky tramp of 3:45 to about 6 hours depending which ending is used once the CNI is reached. This is all through some of the wettest forest in the area. Generally the track is rather neglected these days and the crest ridge close to Titiraupenga summit can be tricky. From the Centre of the North Island (CNI) it is 5 minutes to the car park but 2 hours if the track to Link Road is followed. GPX
Zekes Hut via Hihitahi Forest Sanctuary 13.5km 5:33min 650m

Topo50: BK35 Taihape

 

Oct 2010 A moderate out-and-back tramp of 6 hours covering 6.5km each way with about 750metres ascent and descent each way.  The Hihitaki Forest Sanctuary really works and the birdlife is amazing with endless birdsong and many species seen or heard including: Wood pigeon, Blackbird, Thrush, Chaffinch, Tui, Paradise Goose, Bell Bird, Waxeye and Robin.  Much of the walk is in good forest with many Cedars being seen along with the usual native species such as Totara.  The target – Zeke’s Hut – is a very modern 4 bunk hut with roof water supply and wood-burner but, for some reason, no proper verandah. GPX
X 7.47km 3:34min 250m BG31 Mokau April 2017 A great walk accessible from SH3 south of Mokau in the Taranaki area. Steeply up on road the through paddocks, down 600 odd steps to the beach below stunning cliffs and back to the start point. GPX