Category Archives: Walks

Up Ship Creek – Heading South Out West

Once back to the main highway from Okarito we headed south, towards the Glaciers. But first, we came to Lake Mapourika. This is another gorgeous West Coast lake in the bush, carved by a long-gone glacier. We were just in … Continue reading

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We Walk Up a Hill and Come Back Down Again – Flagstaff

Yesterday we had one of those moments. Where we’d gone out for a nice walk along the banks of the Silverstream near Mosgiel and on the way back one of us spied a hill and suggested that we should go … Continue reading

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Up Closer – Mt Taranaki

Way back last month we were staying in Hawera with friends and Rob was keen to show us some of the sights and scenes, including getting us closer to Mt Taranaki. Despite having been nearby many times I’d never had … Continue reading

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Did I Mention Hills and Hot Pools Already? – Waikite Valley

On our last night in Tauranga we stayed at Sulphur Point down by the harbour which is one of our many home-away-from-homes. Our departure from town next morning was a bit disastrous; fuel contamination which is a long story getting … Continue reading

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Another Day, Another Mount – Maunganui

A couple of days after our big walk up Mt Te Aroha we were in Mt Maunganui  and Wyn had an appointment for an hour and I went for a walk for an hour. I was going to go for … Continue reading

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A Mountain to Climb – Te Aroha

After doing some motorhome things in Pukekohe and some catching up on the way through Auckland; we headed for the Bay of Plenty. We realised that this gave us a chance for a walk up Mt Te Aroha which overlooks … Continue reading

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Gated Beaches of Northland

Beach access is an issue all around New Zealand (and everywhere else I suppose). We do seem to feel that access to our sea shores is a right. We like to go to the beach and we don’t like being … Continue reading

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Another Viewpoint – Bay of Islands

One of the things with the Bay of Islands is how to get an appreciation of the bay full of islands. You can visit Russell and Paihia and Kerikeri and wonder what it is all about. Probably boat trips give … Continue reading

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A Big Walk Back From Cape Brett

The plan was to take the shorter walk in to Cape Brett lighthouse and hut, and then do the full Monty on the way out; walk right back to Oke Bay at Rawhiti. It was a great plan as we’d … Continue reading

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A Little Big Walk To Cape Brett

Early last week the weather gods granted us a couple of good days for our planned walk to Cape Brett, out from the Bay of Islands. This walk had been on Wyn’s radar for over a decade and she gradually … Continue reading

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Don’t Mention The Whales – Whangamumu Harbour

Our coast-crawl north up the Tutukaka Coast finally topped out at Rawhiti which is actually on the Bay of Islands – being around Cape Brett. We moved there from Bland Bay to wait for the best weather to tackle the … Continue reading

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Another Magical Mystery Tour – Whangaruru North Head

While we were at Bland Bay last week we wanted to walk the walk around Whangaruru North Head. The harbour entrance is at the southern end of the harbour and so North Head was to the south of Bland Bay. But … Continue reading

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Magical Mystery Tour At Mimiwhangata

While we were staying at Oakura Bay on the Whangaruru Harbour last week we went in the car for an explore south, to Mimiwhangata Coastal Park which is at the upper end of the Tutukaka Coast.  It is at the … Continue reading

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In Search of a Bridge We Find a Memorial – at Whananaki

Last week while we were at Woolleys Bay we wanted to walk the Whananaki Walkway. [Only 4 words in that sentence didn’t start with ‘w’; unintended and interesting?] The walkway is between Sandy Bay and Whananaki South and mostly follows farm … Continue reading

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In Search of a Tree – Tane Moana

Up this way in Northland they have names for trees. I don’t mean like Rimu or Pohutukawa. I mean like Tane Mahuta. And Tane Moana. Tane Mahuta is the big Kauri guy over on the west coast. The biggest and … Continue reading

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