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.Continue Reading...
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DOC employee Anita Tibbertsma shares her ‘tips for the trails’ after recently embarking on short walks between Picton and Christchurch.Continue Reading...
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.
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.
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.
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.Continue Reading...
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.Continue Reading...
Here’s a short, sweet, and perhaps surprising, statistic from DOC’s latest annual report:
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:
By Angeline Barnes, Community Outreach Coordinator
In today’s busy world, it is too easy for me to make excuses as to why I don’t get out into the great outdoors as often as I would like to.
A few weeks ago, a group of us took the plunge. Leaving behind our flat whites, we made our way up to Sunrise Hut—a fabulous modern hut perched high on the hills of the Ruahine Forest Park. This hut was no draughty tin shack; it was warm (insulation really works) had triple bunks, a fire, great cooking facilities and was the perfect place to hit the ‘reset’ button.
Our route up was an easy gradual climb on a wide and well maintained track—a perfect width for chatting as we walked. Surrounded by trees, the warmth of the autumn sun and the chirp of our native birds, we seemed to reach the top quickly. As we approached the hut, the vegetation changed (sub-alpine) and my imagination went into overdrive, I was walking in the enchanted forest, just like the fairy tales I read as a child.
And if ever there was a hut that’s name was appropriate, it is Sunrise Hut. Usually I struggle with early mornings, but the temptation to watch the sunrise over Hawke’s Bay was enough to force me out of bed—a decision I don’t regret. The view was spectacular and I felt like I was on top of the world.
Was my night away enjoyable? Yes. But a better word would be AMAZING. The questions is, why don’t I do this more often?
Watch this video of Angeline’s trip to Sunrise Hut: