Lots of pastureland and lots of rain in this region, as well as mud especially in the Hakamiratas and Mount Pirongia near Hamilton.
It’s easy tramping to Huntly and a beautiful sculpture garden, then up steeply into the Hakarimata Range.
Out of Mangaokewa Reserve, Blissful is picked up by trail angels and learns how a farm works.
It’s a long road walk through karst landscape including cone-shaped hills in brilliant green.
The Timber Trail is a hike/bike path through native podacarp forest saved by “tree sitters.”
At Piropiro Flats, Blissful has two beers for brunch and crosses the trails’s largest suspension bridge.
The Ongarue Spiral was built in 1914 and includes a tunnel and two trestle bridges.