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1 day ago

uphill hike to the famed Flagstaff on the hill overlooking Russell and the Bay of Islands. the first half of the hike is along the paved road and then it veers off to a trail with a fair number of steps. the view is very nice.

1 day ago

nice easy hike that runs past the falls and then cuts in front of the falls along a walk bridge at the base. taking the trail further you walk along the river and then into a Kauri forest where you can see a few very large Kauri trees. overall, it is a nice hike and quite easy.

on Rainbow Falls Hike

1 day ago

Nice easy, some inclines, hike. The falls are very pretty. the hike beyond the falls follows the river and meanders through the bush.

backpacking
2 days ago

Great views. Fair bit of exposure after Harris Saddle. Faced unusually heavy rain fall, hail and snow while camping in mid April 2018. Otherwise enjoyable.

Great scenery if you’re not in a cloud (like it was when we did it). The trail was clear when we started but clouded up by the time we got above bushline. The biggest detractor is the sheer volume of people. There were quite possibly 1000 other folks on the trail and many times we were waiting in line on certain parts of the trail. For us this was a huge detractor from the overall experience. We hiked this in early March on a Saturday so that probably was a factor in the busyness. There are lots of other spots in NZ that are far less crowded.

Awesome views but bloody tough climb. Definitely not moderate!

I visited both north and south islands in November 2017. Overall, I loved the south island a bit more in terms of alpine hiking/epic views, but this north island hike ended up being my favorite on the entire trip. This hike has to be the most popular hike in NZ other than the Milford Track (not a day hike like this one), and for great reason. It also seems to be one of the most diverse hikes in NZ including volcanoes, crater lakes, glacial valleys, and rainforest at the end. We had every type of weather along the way, and I loved it. Bring rain gear/great boots and you'll be fine. This will definitely make a great memory if you decide to do it. Like I said. Very popular, but for a reason. Tongariro Expeditions shuttles from Taupo worked out great. Take the early bird shuttle at 5:30 am. to get a head start before the rest.

Lovely short walk on a calm day, great bird wildlife seen around the lake like friendly silvereyes and purple swamphens. Liked the info signs about the trees too! Kiwis keep their tracks so well maintained, it’s incredible!

Great view of the river , Alpine , glacier , birds.

Hiking with slightly snowfall is incredibly beautiful !
met 2 kea at the end of the track. perfect hiking.

this is a very interesting loop. I would rate it on the high end of moderate versus hard. I started the loop going up the steepest portion first and came down the less steep and longer side.

while it is a consistently uphill slope, the trail is solid and winds it's way in and out of forested areas with excellent views of Lake Routiti. the last section is very steep.

you can rest at the shelter at the top before heading down again. the track down has some deep ruts and is mostly in the open without shade. The trail ends at the lower car park, not the upper car park, so you may have another 10 minutes of walking on the gravel road if you parked at the upper car park.

not as wonderful as all the hype! I took the aquataxi from Marahau to Barks Bay and then hiked back to Marahau. 15 miles later, I can tell you that the hike was mostly through the bush which is very thick and as such, very, very limited, to no, views of the ocean. so if you like the beauty of the bush, then you will love this coast track. if you want more views of the surrounding mountains and ocean, you will be disappointed! the hike was a combination of flat areas and some steep inclines.

hiking
8 days ago

I hiked this trail last week with two friends. I work out 4-5 times a week, but I’m 38, overweight, and not exactly in shape. Also, I haven’t been hiking since last fall because of winter (I’m from the northern hemisphere). So, judging from some of the reviews and the fact that this is 4.85 mile uphill track, I wasn’t sure how far I’d get. We started a little before 4am with the goal of reaching the summit by sunrise. The moon was bright and the stars were brilliant. I took my time, stopping often to catch my breath. I reached the first lookout a few minutes after 7am- just in time to catch the first rays of the sun as it came over the eastern mountain. The view is unbelievable. The other two had made it in less time. We stayed there for awhile, then headed on up to the actual summit. The phenomenal views make every inch of the climb worthwhile! That 4.85 mile downhill track is hard on the knees and toes! Good footwear is a must. I can’t imagine making that climb in heat and sunlight. The darkness made it easier since I couldn’t see how far I still had to go. This was definitely a highlight of my NZ trip!

I hiked this trail last week with two friends. I work out 4-5 times a week, but I’m 38, overweight, and not exactly in shape. Also, I haven’t been hiking since last fall because of winter (I’m from the northern hemisphere). So, judging from some of the reviews and the fact that this is 4.85 mile uphill track, I wasn’t sure how far I’d get. We started a little before 4am with the goal of reaching the summit by sunrise. The moon was bright and the stars were brilliant. I took my time, stopping often to catch my breath. I reached the first lookout a few minutes after 7am- just in time to catch the first rays of the sun as it came over the eastern mountain. The view is unbelievable. The other two had made it in less time. We stayed there for awhile, then headed on up to the actual summit. The phenomenal views make every inch of the climb worthwhile! That 4.85 mile downhill track is hard on the knees and toes! Good footwear is a must. I can’t imagine making that climb in heat and sunlight. The darkness made it easier since I couldn’t see how far I still had to go. ;) This was definitely a highlight of my NZ trip!

Awesome views from the top. Took just under an hour for me to reach the summit. Definitely worth checking out !

Challenging. Switchbacks for days. Steep at the end. But well worth it! Make sure you do the last bit up to the ridge

Best day of my life so far.

hiking
12 days ago

Epic..... even on a cloudy rainy day. The hillside and rain forest vegetation are completely stunning.

on Picton Snout Track

12 days ago

if you like to walk through thick bush with just a few areas to see the view of the Sounds, then you will love this hike! if not, then you will be bored quickly. there are very nice views of the Sounds but only a very small percent of the time.

Pretty easy with stunning views!

Lovely views & nice trail! Saw some sheep :)

hiking
13 days ago

Amazing alternative to the popular Roys Peak near Wanaka! In between two incredible lakes (Wanaka and Hawea) with mountain views all around. If you come from a super flat place like the USA midwest like me, EVEN BETTER.

Great walk will definitely do again and explore more trails

Great Day. Loved it.

16 days ago

The best part of this walk was leaving! The beach was extremely windy with a lot of blowing sand, a lot of broken shells on the beach and a lot of Driftwood on the beach from the recent cyclone. There really are no views other than looking at the water and the brush on shore and to want to complete a 7.5 mile hike with this view and these conditions is ridiculously absurd. we only walked 3 miles and that was enough. there are significantly better hikes to do versus the farewell spit hike so skip this if you have limited time or even if you have extra time and instead, go on to some other hikes.

on Pupu Springs

16 days ago

a nice, easy short hike to see the amazingly clear water! yes, it is clear water and you can actually see the spring water bubbling out of the ground and creating a cloud of sand whirling around on the bottom of the river! nowhere else have I been able to see the actual spring water as it comes out of the ground. definitely work a visit and not far off the main road!

17 days ago

Horrid walk! Very windy, sand blowing, seaweed everywhere, lots of driftwood on the sand, large pieces of broken shells, views are uninteresting and fo not change. not worth the effort.

Most challenging and amazing hike of my life. Life changing.

Great hike - harder for the littlest kids but amazing views, a variety of micro-climates, well maintained trails, and a fantastic drive-in with beautiful farms and sheep. Bring a car/truck w enough clearance (0.5 m) to ford the streams en route to the parking area. Was a terrific 1/2 day hike

Probably great for a family, not for the adventures

hiking
20 days ago

My favorite hiking memory. So gorgeous!

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