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Pukapuka Track to Mangatangi Trig loop in Hunua, Auckland

Upper Mangatawhiri Dam car park – Lilburn Road Track –  Pukapuka Track – Mangatangi Trig – Lower Mangatawhiri Camp Ground – Moumoukai Valley Road – River Track – car park.  


Spragg Bush Track & Cutty Grass Track & McElwain Lookout 2021, Auckland

2021 New updated Spragg Bush Track & Cutty Grass Track & McElwain Lookout, Auckland. Didn’t see any update on McElwain Lookout and Track. Spragg Bush Track is easy, short and really beautiful! Cutty Grass Track is much boring than before. Good for fat tyre biking. See a sign of “no dog” on […]


Te Puru Track in Thames

From end of Te Puru Creek road car park: Te Puru Track climbs about 700m after three streams crossing. The first junction you meet lead to Crosbies Hut via Crosbies Main Range Track. Turn Left from the first junction about 50m meet the second junction which goes down to Waiomu Valley […]


Te Araroa Trail, Puhoi to Moir Hill, Auckland 2021.03

Te Araroa Trail Puhoi to Moir Hill via Dunn’s Bush. A new beautiful track was just finished in Dunn’s Bush which make a new smaller loop with an old track. I also found a new track is under construction in Moir Hill forest which I believe will join the exist […]


Karamatura Track to Puriri Ridge Track to Omanawanui Track 2021

New updated luxury Puriri Ridge Track & Omanawanui Track were just opened on 21 Feb. 2021. All wild and thrilling track sections gone, but more people can walk and enjoy the beautiful view!  Trails: Karamatura Track to Donald McLean Track to Puriri Ridge Track to Omanawanui Track to Whatipu and […]


Te Aroha Summit plus loop 2021

Te Aroha Summit tracks become much easier than in winter. It’s always one of my favourite day-tracks around Auckland. We walked a loop, started and finished at Te Aroha Domain. Te Aroha Summit track up straight forward to summit in 1:25 hrs, had a break then down to Tui Mine – Te […]


Hunua Kohukohunui Summit loop 2021

It’s been many years not walking to Kohukohunui summit via Mangatangi Ridge Track since it’s closed. Almost forgot all about it, except the beginning stream crossing. Down back via Upper Mangatawhiri Track, then Ernies Track and Lilburne Road track.


Tangihua Forest Tracks

Finally we got chance to walk it! Tangihua Forest! Tangihua Range! Beautiful and wild! *Experienced tramper only! At least one section before the tower is quite dangerous especially in wet weather! We also walked the side track Kauri Dam Walk and Nature Walk in the end. We started Te Haua Ura Track […]