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hiking
3 days ago

birding
4 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
4 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
4 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

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
6 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

Short Hike down through the bush to the beach, fairly steep at points with a rope to assist the final climb down to the beach. Great views from the top and down at the small beach looking out into the Manukau Heads. Good for a quick hike when time is short.

We did this trail our first day in New Zealand and after a long trip from the U.S. it was a spectacular introduction to this beautiful country and a great way to get acclimated to the new time zone. It was certainly a challenge going up due to the grade and fairly well traveled by locals who would just zoom by you. The views of Queenstown and Lake Wakatipu were breathtaking and absolutely worth the treck up!!

backpacking
28 days ago

I spent 10 years of my life guiding people on the Routeburn. If there is a 3 day trail that covers more beautiful and varied terrain anywhere in the world, I've yet to find it, and I've looked. Put the Routeburn on your bucket list. If you can only do two things on your visit to New Zealand, make this one of them.

hiking
1 month ago

Well, if you want a challenging hike, you found it here! Due to the climate of this region, expect this trail to be very wet - several mud bogs to cross over, plus slippery roots and four creek crossings (with slippery rocks). You can see some amazing flora and fauna here, particularly birdlife. Give yourself plenty of time: the sign posted at the trailhead is full of lies (2 hours one way is optimistic). As much as it was a challenge, it was one of the most memorable hikes I've done. Bring spare socks to stay dry!