Sugarloaf, Rockburn and Lake Sylvan Loop

Dart sugarloaf Pass track

Sugarloaf, Rockburn and Lake Sylvan loop

This is a great little 15Km hike in Mount Aspiring National Park. It takes in the Sugarloaf Pass via the Sugarloaf track, then heads down the Rockburn track to the old Rockburn shelter site. Finally it picks up the Sylvan track around Lake Sylvan and back to the Sylvan DoC campsite. Apart from the initial 650m climb, it is a moderate (I didn't find it too easy nor difficult) loop trail, and I made it in a 7 hour day. DoC rate it as an...

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The Gillespie Pass Circuit

The Gillespie Pass Circuit

If you're looking for a fantastic multi day tramp with beautiful dense forest, mountains galore, wide valleys, rivers and a beautiful lake, then the 58Km Gillespie Pass Circuit in Mount Aspiring National Park might be for you. It begins close to Makarora, a small settlement an hours' drive to the North of Wanaka.

The Gillespie Pass circuit is a loop track. You can start just South of Makarora up the Wilkin river, or from a few Kms North of Makarora up...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 146 – Porters Creek hut to St Arnaud

Crossing the Maitland River

The Richmond Ranges - Porters Creek hut to St Arnaud

We all woke around 6am this morning and several of us left Porters Creek hut by 7.15am. We enjoyed a great morning's hike, and it was only 12kms to Red Hills hut.

Porters Creek hut to Maitland river

The day began with a steep descent to the Lowther creek river, crossing the river bed and heading back up into the forest.

A few ups and downs later we were sidling along the banks of Maitland Creek in and out of the...

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Te Araroa Trail Day 145 – Top Wairoa hut to Porters Creek hut

Te Araroa Trail - Richmond Ranges - Top Wairoa hut to Porters Creek hut

Christmas Day on Te Araroa trail 🙂🌲 We got up at 4am as Flo wanted to call his family in Europe on their Christmas Eve when we got a signal at the top of the mountain. We were ready to leave Top Wairoa hut just as it got light at 5.15am.

Top Wairoa to Hunters hut

We began the day with an 800m (2600 ft) climb from Top Wairoa hut up Mt Ellis 1615m (5300 ft). It started with rock-hopping the large...

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Mangorei track – Pouakai Ranges Mount Taranaki

Mount Taranaki Pouakai tarn

Mangorei track - Pouakai Ranges - Egmont National Park

The Pouakai ranges are part of the volcanic ranges just off Mount Taranaki in Egmont National Park. There are plenty of walks in the area including a crossing which is up there with some of the best hikes in New Zealand. As we were on limited time, we only managed the Mangorei track up to Pouakai hut and part of the Kaiauai track up to Henry Peak.

We arrived for an 8am start at the Mangorei track. From here it was 5km to...

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Around the Mountain Taranaki – 3 days

Stony River Taranaki

Around the Mountain Taranaki

Mount Taranaki (Mount Egmont) is a beautiful dormant cone volcano found on the Western tip of New Zealand's North island. It is apparently one of the most perfectly symmetrical cone volcanoes in the world and the summit reaches 2,518m (8,261ft) in elevation. What I didn't know until recently, was that it was used in the movie 'The Last Samurai' because of its resemblance to Mount Fuji.

There was still a fair bit of snow on the summit, so this time,...

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