Archives For walking

Hut Warden Eiji Kitai tells us about his experience walking the Te Araroa Trail while raising funds for the Routeburn Dart Wildlife Trust.

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A diverse group of Aucklanders were bought together to walk the Rangitoto Summit Track, one of the tracks in our new set of Short Walks and Day Hikes.

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DOC employee Anita Tibbertsma shares her ‘tips for the trails’ after recently embarking on short walks between Picton and Christchurch.

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By Chrissy Wickes, Biodiversity Ranger, Te Anau.

I love tramping in winter. If the forecast is good then there is nothing better than a frosty walk to a cosy hut.

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Exploring Mount Aspiring National Park

We recently walked up to Aspiring Hut. This is a two and a half hour walk up the beautiful West Matukituki Valley to a hut with grand views of Tititea/Mount Aspiring. Tititea means “glistening peak” and is the tallest mountain in Tititea/Mount Aspiring National Park, rising to 3033 metres.

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A frosty morning

It is an easy flat walk to get to the hut, following the West Matukituki river and surrounded by mountains. You really do feel like you are in the heart of the mountains yet it is less than 60 kilometres from Wanaka.

The next morning we woke to a kea jumping on the roof.  It was a frosty morning  so woolly clothes, gloves and hats were needed.

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Keeping warm

Check out the DOC website for information on Tititea/Mt Aspiring National Park and other great activities in the area.

Des Williams takes a 30 minute drive out of Hamilton to walk the popular Mangakara Walk in Pirongia Forest Park.

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You don’t have to be an expert mountaineer to explore exhilarating alpine environments. The Manawatu has a great option for first-time alpine adventurers.

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Here’s a short, sweet, and perhaps surprising, statistic from DOC’s latest annual report:

14,000 km of track supported by DOC. Enough to walk from Wellington to Washington D.C.

Truth be told, that’s not short at all! But it certainly would be sweet to have the chance to walk it all. Who’s up for the challenge?

Learn more on the DOC website:

Tracks and walks

DOC’s Annual Report for year ended 30 June 2013