Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Tongariro National Park, central North Island Parking: Yes, however I would recommend getting there early to get as close to the start as possible. There are also shuttle buses you can book to avoid having to take your car. Note, that both car parks are down gravel roads…

Clevedon Scenic Reserve, Camp Sladdin, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: End of Thorps Quarry Road, Clevedon, Auckland, 2582 Parking: Yes, plenty of parking Toilets: Yes, at the car park Dogs: Yes Shoes: I wore my hiking boots, however most of the walkers I passed were wearing sneakers. Date Walked: 29 January 2017 Weather Conditions: Hot, sunny, dry Distance:…

Tawhai Falls Walk, Tongariro National Park

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: 6 km along SH 48, off of SH 47, Tongariro National Park Parking: Yes, off road and road side parking Toilets: No Dogs: No Shoes: Sneakers Date Walked: 4 January 2017 Weather Conditions: Dry, Sunny, Warm Distance: 800 meters Time Required: 10 – 15 minutes Final Rating: ★★★★★ GETTING…

Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir, Ernies Track, Hunua, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Moumoukai Road onto ARA Drive, Hunua Regional Park, Hunua *This walk is down a very rough, long gravel road* Parking: Yes Toilets: Yes Dogs: Yes on leash, however I would not recommend for this track Shoes: Hiking boots are a must on this track. There are a few very…

Upper Nihotupu Dam Walk, Waiatarua, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: 1.6km from the start of Piha Road, Waiatarua, Auckland. Parking: Yes, there is a nice big car park Toilets: Yes, one toilet just after the bush section of the walk Dogs: Yes, on leash Shoes: Sneakers would be fine, I wore my hiking boots as we had been doing…

Harker Reserve Walk, Onewhero, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Road, Onewhero, 2697 Parking: Yes, plenty of off-road parking on a nice piece of grass or on the gravel shoulder Toilets: No Dogs: Yes, on lead Shoes: I wore my sneakers, however it was muddy in patches of the track that are heavily shaded by the…

Major Jones to Red Hut Bridge Walk, Turangi

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: End of Koura Street, Turangi (There are multiple entrances to this walk) Parking: Yes, on Koura Street Toilets: Yes, at Red Hut bridge car park (long drop) Dogs: Yes, on or off lead Shoes: Sneakers, dry track in excellent condition Date Walked: 5 January 2017 Weather Conditions: Sunny,…

Tram Line / Anderson Walk, Waitakere Reservoir

Things to know before you go: Location: (Opposite number 773) Scenic Drive, Henderson Valley, Auckland Parking: Yes Toilets: Yes, at the Dam Dogs: Yes and No. Dogs are allowed on one part of the track, however there are bait stations with Poison, I would not take my dog here. Shoes: I wore my hiking / waterproof…