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Pretty slipery

hiking
8 hours ago

A good easy walk after lock down with two children aged 5 and 7. Allow about 3 hours return with kids. Ensure that you have decent shoes as there areas where there is loose sand and gravel ,and uneven pebbles. Wrap up warmly this time of year even in a Northerly. Plenty of Seals to see just before Devils Gate and just after.

hiking
11 hours ago

Good easy trail with nice views. Prepared to get muddy and wet if recent rain.

Coast was super easy and beautiful. A lot of animals roaming around which was great. We got lost as it’s not marked very well, but overall good.

I went from Parkinson’s Road car park. Took me 50 minutes to get up. Make sure you follow the markings/signs as there are many farm tracks. Really good walk, could even suggest run back down if you’re game :)

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off trail
1 day ago

Beautiful views, easy track but pretty confusing signage. North and South track are the same, though signage makes it look differently. Added on a few k's for going off track but could be worse...views upon views!

I loved this walk. Gorgeous drive out of Chch and nice gentle track.

the walk itself was fine, the end result a little disappointing. dont get me wrong you can go through the cave but it is blocked off at the end of the cave so you literally get to the end and then turn around again.

The trail is open, only at the very end of the tunnel there’s a sign saying the path is closed. There was a little stream on the ground of the tunnel after a day of heavy rain, but it was fine to walk in the water (feet got a little wet though). Other than that, a cool short hike and we saw glow worms at the very end of the tunnel!

Easily one of my favorite trails within an hour drive of QT. This trail is so varied and quite slippery that your mind is constantly moving, find a good walking stick early! I started around 14:40 and reached the "basin" around 16:00. Spent 20 minutes or so in the basin area and then ran down and made it back to the car park by 17:30, just as the last light for the day was waning. You can climb higher in the basin toward the glacier, but I didn't have time. Climbed up as fast as I could without injuring myself, and the sweat just dripped constantly. On the way down I knew I was running out of light so I ran the portions that weren't too muddy/slippery and covered in roots, but be cautious as there is a small portion which is slightly washed out and several downed trees. It is an easy path to follow, no one has veered off and created their own footpaths so you have orange markers and the only obvious trail to follow. If you've hiked Gertrude's Saddle, it's not as difficult because there is less rock scrambling and the rocks are not wet/icy, as far as I went anyway. There are 2 places to fill water along the route, and after you enter the basin area you are guided by cairns rather than orange topped poles or triangles.

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no shade
4 days ago

Awesome track, totally worth it. Nice views all the way. The route is very easy to follow, even maintenance car goes there. Steady steep, could be windy - there is no shade. I did it in 1 hour and 40 minutes to the top fast walk. And back to the carpark in 1 and 10 minutes - occasionally running.

amazing views, try to do it outside of peak tourist times as you'll be waiting for ages for your turn to take pic. definitely one of the harder hikes I've done. I ended up taking my shoes off towards the end as my feet were burning from the downhill slog

I love the crater lake. The walk up is moderate, abit slippery near to the top when rained. We took 3 hours return. Love the view if various lakes at the summit. Only pity is some overgrown plants causing some view blocks..

Lake Waikaremoana is part of the Te Urewera National Park and the name means ‘Sea of rippling waters’. This is the deepest lake in the North Island, 256m @ 600m above sea level. It is part of the 9 Great Walks of NZ. The trail is 44km long and can be covered over 3-4 days with huts and campsites along the track. The hiking trails lead to beautiful rainforests, waterfalls, caves, beaches and 1000 years Rata trees.

I did this after rolling my ankle the day before, and found it easy enough despite all the stairs. great track and the waterfall is stunning! one of the highlights of my west coast trip

tougher than I expected. don't smash the legs in the gym the day before, as you will feel it towards the end of this track! however, it's a great track amongst beautiful Bush and rewarded with great views

A wonderful place to explore could easily spend a day here just looking around, another kid friendly walk.

Awesome walk definitely worth it with the end view, easy enough for kids.

really enjoyable but agree more of a stroll than a hike! loved it anyway! make sure to climb down to the bottom of the river it's just stunning!

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muddy
5 days ago

An amazing hike but definitely one to take your time with. We started before sunrise to make it above the clouds to see it, and that took about 2.5 hours with a moderate pace and several breaks. We sweated all the way up but were SO thankful to have our coats at the top as it was was 1500+m high and quite windy., even with the sun shining on us. Clouds didn't clear for us today but still got a great view of the mountains in the distance among a sea of clouds. Took about 1h45m down because the steepness is so hard on your knees! Make sure to bring plenty of water and spare TP, as the bathroom near the viewpoint wasn't stocked and the aroma of cow poop might make you feel like you have to go too.

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rocky
5 days ago

Trail was extremely steep with lots of rocks. Had to pull yourself up using tree roots at times. The sign-post warns that this is an advanced route. All-trails lists this as moderate - definitely not "moderate".

hiking
6 days ago

Lots of mixed reviews, I found this trail very hard. It can be busy with lots of switchbacks and steep. Lots of shortcuts have been walked out but still steep and tiresome. The final stretch after the instagram photo spot I found the hardest again just as it’s all up hill. Views were amazing and incredible over Wanaka but beware that the steepness means the way down can be just as painful!!

This walk is special. Views of crystal clear, glacial blue water against a snowy mountain backdrop are impressive. I disagree that this is an "easy" walk, though. There are several places where things are tricky, and are especially complicated by mud.

hiking
6 days ago

Absolument magnifique !

on Tiki Walking Track

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icy
muddy
6 days ago

hiking
closed
6 days ago

Part of the trail closed but still a really decent walk, ended up going up to the campground and then turning back.

hiking
icy
scramble
6 days ago

Brutal, that’s the word. Especially if you go further than the mount fox signalisation. Do it when no rain day before and on a very clear day. Very challenging also the first part on the forest, sometimes you have to climb with hands and it can slip, careful on the going down. But the view is very impressive. Bring lot of water and food

Strange to see it’s a moderate walk when it’s all flat. Very pretty walk but yesterday is busy.

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