Cascade Hut, Kaimanawa Forest Park

The trip to Cascade Hut takes you deep into the beautiful and unspoilt Kaimanawa Forest Park. It begins by following the scenic Hinemaiaia Track, crosses a swingbridge and then…

Distance
10.6km
Time
5-6hrs
Grade
Moderate

Leitch’s Hut, Whareorino Conservation Area

The walk to Leitch’s Hut at the headwaters of the Awakino River is perfect for families. There are no river crossings and the trail is nicely graded. Highlights include…

Distance
8.5km
Time
3hr
Grade
Easy

Okere Falls Loop Track, Rotorua

Free attractions are hard to come by in Rotorua, so it was nice to find this refuge of natural beauty that doesn’t cost a cent. Okere Falls is a…

Distance
2.02km
Time
1hr
Grade
Easy

Kakepuku Track, Kakepuku Mountain Historic Reserve

Winding around the forested flanks of an extinct volcano to a formidable pā site, the highlight of the Kakepuku Track is the views that extend all the way to…

Distance
5.9km
Time
2hr return
Grade
Easy

Coromandel Walkway, Coromandel Forest Park

The Coromandel Peninsula has sadly become renowned for overflowing car parks and hordes of visitors, but take the time to drive to its northern reaches, and you’ll find a…

Distance
10km each way
Time
7h return
Grade
Easy

Broken Hills, Coromandel Forest Park

As the name obliquely suggests, Broken Hills was formerly a thriving goldfield following the discovery of gold there in 1893. But despite massive investment,little reward was ever accrued. However,…

Distance
8.3km
Time
4-5hrs
Grade
Easy

Bridal Veil Falls, Waikato

If you’re road-tripping to Raglan, you should consider an hour’s detour to the spectacular Bridal Veil Falls, which is a strong contender for the North Island’s best waterfall. From…

Distance
1.31km
Time
20 min return
Grade
Easy

The Timber Trail, Pureora to Ongarue

This cycle trail starts from DOC’s Nga Haerenga campsite, which can be accessed from SH30 (Scotts Road). The trail eventually pops out of the bush and resumes climbing through…

Distance
85km
Time
8-12hr
Grade
Moderate

Bog Inn Hut, Pureora Forest Park

The word ‘bog’ evokes ideas of a wet, dark and uninviting place. And Bog Inn Hut doesn’t sound entirely comfortable. But I had been wanting to visit this rustic…

Distance
14.9km
Time
Waihora Lagoon car park to Bog Inn Hut, 6hr
Grade
Moderate

Pahautea Hut via Ruapane-Mahaukura loop, Pirongia Forest Park

Dominating the western skyline of the Waikato, Pirongia Mountain offers excellent views, rich forest, challenging terrain and a bunk for the night. Nestled in the summit ridge of the…

Distance
14.2km
Time
Pahautea Hut via Ruapane Track, 5hr; Hut to Grey Road via Mahaukura, 4.5hr
Grade
Moderate

Coromandel Walkway, Coromandel Forest Park

Peninsula getaway Tracking the coastline at the top of the Coromandel Peninsula, the Coromandel Walkway has spectacular views out to Little Barrier and Great Barrier, and winds through lush native…

Distance
10km each way
Time
Fletcher Bay to Poley Bay, 1hr, Poley Bay to Stony Bay, 2.5hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Hakarimata Walkway, Hakarimata Scenic Reserve

NOTE: this track has suffered storm damage and on April 21, 2017, was closed until further notice. Check its condition with DOC before attempting this walk.  Since the once neglected…

Distance
13.7km
Time
5.5-7.5hr
Grade
Moderate

Lynch Stream Track, Coromandel Forest Park

Begin the track from the car park off SH25, north of Tairua, in order to enjoy the numerous stairs as a descent at the beginning, and the beautiful beaches…

Distance
6.26km
Time
3-4hr
Grade
Easy

Arapuni Suspension Bridge, Waikato

Deep in the heart of the Waikato, hidden from the highway by the slot gorge through which the Waikato River flows is a remarkable series of hydroelectric dams. One…

Distance
0-1km
Time
30min
Grade
Easy

Kawakawa Bay Track, Lake Taupo

This is a great way to experience Lake Taupo while avoiding the hustle of the town. The K2K heads west from the lakeside village of Kinloch over the peninsula…

Distance
14.1km
Time
4-6hr
Grade
Easy

Pehitawa Track, Pehitawa Forest Reserve

Pehitawa runs from Waitomo Village to Te Kuiti and has gained significance as part of the Te Araroa Trail. It is a walk of contrasts: town and country vistas,…

Distance
11.2km
Time
5-6hr
Grade
Moderate

Blackberry Flats, Waikato

Starting on farmland, the track prepares the uninitiated with shin deep mud before entering Tawarau Forest, which starts off light and airy, with lovely clearings beside the stream below,…

Distance
6.7km
Time
6-7hr return
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Hapuakohe Walkway, Hapuakohe Range

Hapuakohe Range encompasses three blocks of public conservation land: Matahuru Scenic Reserve, Mangapiko Valley Scenic Reserve and the trackless Hapuakohe Ecological Area – a total area of 2627ha. The…

Distance
8.93km
Time
5-6hr
Grade
Easy

Coromandel Walkway, Coromandel Peninsula

The big hassle with this walkway, at the northern end of the Coromandel Peninsula, is returning to base after the walk’s completion. Although the walk itself is around 8km,…

Distance
8.08km (each way)
Time
2.5-3hr
Grade
Easy

Moss Creek Campsite, Coromandel Forest Park

An alternative to the busy track to the Pinnacles, the track to a Moss Creek also involves a steep climb, but is not as well maintained. It can became…

Distance
4.08KM
Time
3-5hr
Grade
Moderate

Mt Karioi, Raglan

The track starts out steep and the majority of the height is gained in a little more than 2km. The track peters out in places and care needs to…

Distance
8.2km
Time
4.5-6hr
Grade
Easy

Pauanui Summit Walkway, Coromandel Peninsula

This track up Pauanui Hill (387m) is part of a series of worthwhile walks in the Tairua Forest. The track skirts the coastline for a few hundred metres and…

Distance
3.88km return
Time
2hr
Grade
Easy

Waihaha Hut, Pureora Forest Park

The track passes through mostly re-growth forest at first before entering an area of scrub with grass clearings where frosts prevent any seedlings from establishing. Once the track rises…

Distance
8.7km
Time
3hr
Grade
Easy

Urchin Peak, Kaimanawa Forest Park

For easily accessible views of Ruapehu, you can’t beat a trip to the summit of Urchin in the Kaimanawa Forest Park. The well-defined track leads up through beech forest…

Distance
4.11km return
Time
2hr
Grade
Moderate