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rocky
17 hours ago

Closed off as river was too dangerous, not certain how often the trail is open

Good hike. Went up Punchgut and down Paddy’s like people recommended. Weather was amazing for late May. Punchgut is steep but gives you a good view of the lake on the switchbacks. After walking around the peak, Paddy’s gives you constant views of the lake with a consistent gradual decline. Finished in 2.5 hours with a 15 minute break for lunch.

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muddy
2 days ago

Super randonnée, faites en 2 jours.Vue incroyable sur le taranaki vers la hutte pouaikai au coucher et au lever du soleil (les moments les plus dégagés). Le lac alpin est a environ 1 km de la hutte. N’oubliez pas votre briquet pour allumer un feu le soir ! Le lendemain descente depuis le Henry Peak difficile pour les genoux. Foret avec beaucoup de boue et de racines donc soyez équipés.

Nice trail of ups and downs so not too hard on any muscles. Cracking view from the top, well worth the trip.

hiking
rocky
snow
2 days ago

I remember climbing Mt.Egmont back in 1985 as part of a school trip. Two bus loads of teens going for a hike to the summit. I'll never forget the experience. Have always wanted to do it again. Yes, I can remember those stairs. I don't really remember the scree though. But I also remember we didn't all have proper clothing for such a wet and cold summit. :-) It was clear at the top with such a magnificent view. But it was cold and we were damp/wet from the climb through the cloud. I don't remember it being awfully tiring but it was a long haul up for sure. Been thinking to take my children up there. But, perhaps, after reading the other posts, maybe they aren't quite old enough just yet and maybe I am getting too old!! haha...

Den Weg nach oben haben wir (zwei 19-jährige Mädels) in 2h 15min gemeistert. Zuerst muss man den kleinen Fluss durchqueren, am besten ohne Schuhe und mit hochgekrempelter Hose (dennn das Wasser geht ca. bis zum Knie). Es ging dann ziemlich steil nach oben, durch die Baumwurzeln hatte man das Gefühl Treppen zu steigen. Der meiste Weg geht durch den Wald und das letzte Stück dann über den Bergkamm. Der Blick oben belohnt auf jeden Fall, haben dort den Sonnenuntergang und Aufgang angeschaut. Die Hütte ist sehr sauber, verfügt über Matrazen und Wasser (kein Trinkwasser). Der Abstieg war sehr, sehr mühsam, da man unglaublich aufpassen musste nicht auszurutschen, da der Weg so steil war.

over grown
scramble
3 days ago

1h50 de monté seul 2h05 avec ma copine Nous avons 24/22 ans, en bonne condition physique sans être des athlètes de haut niveau 90% de la rando se fait sous les arbres On aperçoit le Mt Taranaki que sur le dernier 1/4 d'heure et la légère descente vers le Tarn. Plutôt physique avec les escaliers mais rien d'insurmontable, surtout au vu de la récompense ! la vue est magique, il s'agit même de la couverture de guide de Lonely Planet ! Incroyable, prenez le temps pour prendre vos photos, d'autres touristes seront présents et il faut attendre quelques minutes avant d'avoir son tour ! Immanquable en Nouvelle Zélande

Absolutely epic! We had a great weather day, trail is interesting and keeps you on your toes(literally) Mint views are the top and a couple of good lookouts on the way up. Best view of the glacier I’ve ever seen. Better than Roy’s peak in Wanaka!

Absolutely beautiful and nice and easy. Quite quiet at the moment which was also nice. I would try to go early as once the sun goes past the mountain you're walking in complete shade.

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blowdown
over grown
rocky
4 days ago

hiking
muddy
4 days ago

Super randonnée mais difficile, le point de vue sur le glacier est superbe ainsi que sur la vallée adjacente! Il faut être en forme et avoir des gants pour grimper. Cela peut être boueux donc à éviter après la pluie. 3h30 pour nous avec un super beau temps!

Nice hike, we went up in May so definitely colder and more of an overcast day but still bright with great views. Up Pinchgut and down Paddy’s so you have the view all the way down. We weren’t sure on timings as so many people vary based on reviews but we took 4 hours 10 mins overall, which includes a stop for 50 mins at a hut midway to have lunch. We also had lots of breaks to take photos and would say we’re an average / good level of fitness. It gets very cold at the top and I would say the best views are coming down Paddy’s.

Sehr einfache Wanderung unter 1h, schöner Wasserfall

hiking
7 days ago

We weren’t able to hike too much of this trail due to a torrential rain storm. We did hike far enough to see the rapids, which looked awesome in the rain!

One of the most amazing trails I’ve ever done! Definitely go early to avoid the crowds. 3 miles one way, with mountain, river, and lake views all the way to the end. It culminates at Hooker Lake, at the foot of Mt. Cook. Unbelievably gorgeous! Highly recommend.

hiking
7 days ago

Pitthead Walk. It was a nice trail, a little over an hour, and had several nice viewpoints from up high.

Wow! What an amazing mind battle trail. If you are in the area, you must do this trail. Filled full of up and down hill battles but filled full of incredible views!

bridge out
muddy
9 days ago

Attempted on 19th of May and due to the floods in February, the first major bridge is out (20m walk) with no realistic crossing of the river unless you are to be more than waist deep in the frigid river. The walk there is nice but I would not attempt during rain or after a rain storm as it was still wet and bog-like with the absence of rain for 4-5 days.

Attempted Gertrudes saddle on the 20th of May and could not make it past the saddle. Unfortunately the rocks were covered in frost and ice and without the proper equipment (not even sure if crampons would have helped) it was not safe since it is a sheer cliff and one wrong step would be a fall to death. I would suspect this track is a beautiful walk from mid to late November through March, but would not attempt unless its above 15 degrees at the carpark. Did get to see 2 kea, but could not see over the saddle to get the amazing view of Milford Sound that is pictured in the cover photo.

hiking
11 days ago

What an absolute amazing hike up to this alpine lake. There were a few construction zones going on in areas with bridges and boardwalks but we managed to be able to accomplish this magnificent view of a hike. If you want a gradual climb up to a million dollar view. This is it. Go do this hike and then go do a cruise in Milford Sound. What a great day.

hiking
12 days ago

Amazing trail through the Volcanos, the hike is challenging especially on the top. But well rewarded by the view and landscape. We walk the trail on the first weekend after Lockdown and it was quite a traffic on the way, not queued up but every time some one around. In peak session I can imagine it will be traffic jam. We walked 6h in total. To enjoy this trail it’s really depends on the weather, we had a good day but on the top it was still freezing and windy. Proper equipment is necessary. Overall a must do trail.

Nice trail, bit cloudy but still nice :)

14 days ago

Really short walk, by night amazingly full of glow warms ! But watch out, possums are looking after you :)

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