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birding
3 days ago

Walkway is simply along a beach overlooking Dotterel breeding areas
Nice view of the bay but an ever better spot to see New Zealand Dotterels and many other nesting birds
Didn't see anyone else along the beach

hiking
3 days ago

Fairly easy track but has some seemingly never-ending hills.
Some parts of the pathway are scenic but many parts are simply a department of conservation access road
Didn't see a single other person during my walk

hiking
3 days ago

Easy track through mostly grasslands
A few nice views of the coastline, and an excellent walk along the beach when the tide is low. Unfortunately lots of the canopy has been cleared away for farmlands
Medium traffic; saw a few runners and a couple other hikers along the way

Fairly easy trek with gentle hills and steps up the steeper gradients. A few spots of mud and minor washout.
Very nice views throughout of the coast, rock faces, and through forests.
Medium traffic; saw 5-10 other along the track

The North Road end of the of the track is in good condition and relatively easy to follow. The Ohinewai Rd end of the track has become seriously overgrown with numerous tree falls, and obscured track markers. That end of the track doesn't appear to be maintained and looked little used. We frequently lost the the track and had to use GPS Topomap apps to refind it. The recommended time for the track is 8 hours but we are a fairly fit bunch and normally do it in 6 hours. This time it took us over 8 hours. We've advised DOC Waikato of what we found, and don't intend to do this route again until we get confirmation that it is safer to use.

hiking
4 days ago

amazing views with every turn, no difficulties in passing through

Great! Bring food to rest for a while in one of the many spots enjoying stunning views and private beaches

Great in the dry, a tendency to be slippery after rainfall in Forrest sections. Great fun.

Best hike I've ever done so far and it is all for the view. I have a tattoo of this peak it's so special.

Great tramp! Unfortunately couldn't reach the very end as of spring snow and lack of equipment.