The trail is through soggy bottomland and over electric fenced farmland to Rangariri.
It's easy tramping to Huntly and a beautiful sculpture garden, then up steeply into the Hakarimata Range.
The Hakarimatas is a muddy bushwalk to beautiful stairs, the Te Awa Cycleway and Hamilton.
It's farms, the cool Taitua Arboretum and finally Whatawhata, where the Backyard Bar allows camping.
The trail is through swamp up into the Kapamahungas and muddy, moss covered Tawa on Mount Pirongia.
I'm rescued by a trail angel after a 5-hour hike from the hut down Mount Pirongia in deep mud.
Under threatening thunder, the walk is in farmland, muddy bush and across a swollen stream.
Waitomo is the perfect day for a "zero mile" rest day at the Hamilton Tomo Hut.
This long thru-hike is less a "walking holiday" than a full-time job.
Wet farmland and the glorious Pehitawa forest is followed by a river sidling nightmare.
Out of Mangaokewa Reserve, Blissful is picked up by trail angels and learns how a farm works.
More rain, but finally the sun is up and the sky is pink. I am starting to doubt my capacity
I wake up to an absolute cacophony of bird song, the wildest yet. We’re at about 500 meters and it
All my gear is neatly laid out as I wait for the sun to peak out over the trees. He’s
Good decision to sleep in the tent, so cozy and much less dew this morning. Tuis call each other over
Up early just as the sun is coming up, my favorite time of day. I’m happy to have found a
To dare is to lose one’s footing momentarily. To not dare is to lose oneself. – Søren Kierkegaard The day starts