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Wed Mar 20 2019

walked from midlands beach to awaroa lodge..3.5 hours walking..about 9.1 km..was great view and wonderful day , overcast and no sandfly..Lodge is great .had bags come up on water taxi..waiting in the room..looking forward to dinner and drinks in the restaurant..

hiking
Wed Mar 06 2019

We only did the Southernmost 2.5 miles of this trail. The trail follows the river and is fairly easy on this section but that's mostly because the water was so low we had no crossings to worry about. My guess is that with rain it would be a very different experience. There is an interesting old gold mining shaft near the start.

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Mon Mar 04 2019

Great hike along the bluffs above Wharariki Beach. I'm not sure I would rate this as easy as there are a number of conditions (wind especially) you might have to deal with and the trail can be steep; although exposures are pretty limited.

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no shade
scramble
Tue Feb 26 2019

Not too difficult, a lot if exposure. Great views along the way and at the peak. Scramble to summer summit.

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no shade
scramble
Tue Feb 26 2019

Not too difficult, a lot if exposure. Great views along the way and at the peak. Scramble to summer summit.

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blowdown
Tue Feb 26 2019

Extreme wind, getting sandblasted during parts of it

Mon Feb 25 2019

Beautiful hike, mostly through trees, most of the time no sun exposures, nevertheless breathtaking views. Can be a bit cool with the south wind. Well maintained paths, accessible even with sneeckers or sandals, though I wouldn't recommend it

hiking
Sun Feb 24 2019

very easy and nice track! One of my favourite walks in New Zealand. There are so many different kinds of landscape and stunning views. If I could I would do it again in the winter season. it's definitely worth to take your time on the trip there are so many side trips and things to see. at the Gouland Downs you can even see whios (blueducks).

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bugs
Fri Feb 08 2019

Really great track. We hiked from Marahau to Wharawhangi then back to Tortoranui to catch a water taxi back. The hike was mostly flat but there were still many locations where the forest opened up giving way to a great view of the coast. It was also very nice to camp right on all the amazing beaches and go for a swim each day! Great hike would highly recommend!

hiking
Wed Feb 06 2019

The trail was not well marked. We were on our way to observation Bay but the signs were unclear as to where it was. We walked down to Anchorage then walked back up to the trail and started to ask people if they had seen the turn off. They said they did, so that kept us going. Other than that, it’s an easy trail.

Tue Feb 05 2019

Incredibily diverse if you use the high tide trail. Sand, jungle-like forest, shore, stone - everything's included. Recommend thick, non slippery footwear.

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Mon Jan 28 2019

Very easier path to access to the waterfall. If you like waterfall it is a good one, but not the best one. It’s possible to swim at the bottom inside the pool, the water is so clear.

Fri Jan 25 2019

Amazing. Wanted to turn around at the end and do it again

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Sun Jan 20 2019

Beautiful hiking. One of the best in NZ.

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rocky
Fri Jan 18 2019

Don’t let the short distance fool you, there is a lot of elevation and some quite steep parts to the trail, as well as a few obstacles. All that a side, it’s a great climb, if you are of average fitness and agility you will be fine. There’s lots of shaded areas to hide away from the sun. The cave itself is spectacular and well worth the climb. The walk/climb itself is brilliant fun. Crossing over a dried up river bed, using branches and footholds in stone and mud to get around/over obstacles. Well worth a visit.

hiking
Fri Jan 18 2019

A decent trail to do if you are in the area, I wouldn’t go out of my way to go there though. A nice easy walk (perfect if you have small or younger children, the spring is nice. Sheltered from the sun.

walking
Thu Jan 10 2019

There are better walks in the area. Has a great swimming hole near the start, and provides assess to rock climbing.

Sun Jan 06 2019

Great walk. Don't bother with the loop, just do the water race part.

Sat Jan 05 2019

Don't bother with the loop. Just do there and back on the water race part.

Sat Jan 05 2019

Worth the climb to see the cave.

hiking
Sat Jan 05 2019

This really shouldn’t be one of the Great Walks. It’s not so much of a hike as it is a stroll. It’s almost entirely flat, and the uphill sections are short and not steep. There is literally not a single part of this trail that’s demanding. I hiked days 1-3 (Aowara - Marahau) in under 6 hours. Also, it’s pretty busy and only rewards you very occasionally with views as most of the time the canopy hides everything. There are much better hikes to do around here, whether you’re in it for the challenge or the views.

Thu Jan 03 2019

Trail starts off fairly easy. You cross a dry river bed and then follow it for a while. And then your climb begins. Be prepared for some slick rocks and possibly mud. I had to use my hands a few times to help myself up/down the trail. Lots of elevation gain in a short distance! Bring water and don’t be fooled by the people in flip flops! Also...lots of flies that taunt you the whole time. At least they don’t bite! The cave is pretty amazing. It can be slick going to the platform so be careful! Enjoy!

Thu Jan 03 2019

Easy trail and the largest freshwater spring is pretty neat! You can see right to the bottom. Saw ducks too! We did the “short loop”, although I never saw where there was a longer one.

Thu Jan 03 2019

Easy trail and the largest freshwater spring is pretty neat! You can see right to the bottom. Saw ducks too!

Tue Jan 01 2019

Nice trail, a little busy south of totaranui.

Sun Dec 30 2018

beautiful walk. kids love the little bridges. Won't do the entire loop track again though.

Sun Dec 30 2018

great walk. kids handle it well.

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Sat Dec 29 2018

Spectacular great walk with a range of beautiful scenery!

Sun Dec 09 2018

Nice easy walk, cool waterfall to check out!

Sun Dec 02 2018

So pretty !

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