Nth Island Hikes

"In every walk in nature one receives more than he seeks"

Walking in nature has been scientifically proven to make you smarter, to boost your memory and your mood. We do it as often as we possibly can manage (sadly, not that often at the moment). Here is collection of our favorite weekend hikes in the North Island of New Zealand. Well, here is the collection so far.


This year (2018) I set the goal for myself to learn how to snowboard in the winter, and learn how to surf in the summer. In the summer time of 2017/18 I had my second ever surfing lesson (my first being at age 15 ) while on Christmas holiday in and around Cape Town, South […]

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Location: Waitotara Conservation Area Time: Overnight, 5 hours each way Difficulty: Medium (easy to follow track, hiking boots)   The walk to Trains hut starts with an epic-ly long and windy drive up the Waitora River. While this is rather picturesque (and I enjoyed this walk) the car-sickness (which I have always suffered) endured means […]

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Dawson’s Falls, TARANAKI

My activity-request to celebrate my 25th birthday was to travel to Taranaki to visit Dawson’s Falls. From Whanganui it was the perfect day trip, with views the entire way of the beautiful Maunga (mountain) Taranaki (or Mt, Egmont, depending on which name you prefer), Mt Ruapehu and even the tip of the South Island as […]

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Taranaki Falls Tongariro National Park


Taranaki Falls are located in the heart of Tongariro National Park, which interestingly became New Zealand’s first National Park in 1887! Tongariro National Park is also recognised as one of 28 World Heritage Sites, due to its cultural and spiritual importance to Maori (as well as the geological significance of the volcanic structures found there) […]

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Herepai Hut


Location: Tararua Forest Park Time: Overnight, 2.5 hours each way Difficulty: Medium (Clear track with route markers, steep in parts, Hiking Boots) Herepai Hut is accessed from the end of Putara Road, a 25 minute drive from Eketahuna (which is a cute little rural town in the Manawatu Region. It’s claim to fame is the giant […]

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Rangiwahia Hut, RUAHINE FOREST

Location: Ruahine Forest Park, Manawatu Region Time: Overnight. 2 hours up, 1 hour return Difficulty: Easy (Clear track. Running Shoes)

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