Sutherland Hut via Pig Ridge Track

This was our first foray out into the bush for an overnight hut stay after nearly two months in lockdown. We thought there would be loads of people out and about, as the weather was ok and we figured everyone would be taking advantage of being able to get out in nature again!

Trek for Life -Te Paki to Kohukohu

In March 2020, I was incredibly fortunate to have the opportunity to do the inaugural Trek for Life, a wonderful week long event that brings together a fabulous community of walkers, bikers, and horse trekkers to explore Aotearoa New Zealand while raising funds for first responders in the regions. 

Pouakai Circuit

The Pouakai Circuit is one of the best multi-day hikes I've ever done. The views are phenomenal. The huts are great. Sunrise from the Pouakai Tarn was stunning. The track is technical enough to be interesting.  It's not super full of people. The terrain varies greatly.

Cook’s Cove Walk

This is a popular walk, and for good reasons. It's free, has stunning views, great picnic spots, has historical significance, and takes less than two hours to do! Cook's Cove Walk is in Tolaga Bay, home of a famous wharf, and enormous ice creams from the dairy (seriously, their single scoop icecreams were double scoops!)

Atiwhakatu Hut

If you like dogs you will ADORE this walk. It's one of the few walks on DOC land I've come across where dogs are allowed and because of that there were so many cute puppies around every corner (disclaimer: every dog to me is a puppy whether they are a couple of months old or not!)

Ridgeline Walk, Morere

I first went to Morere Hot Springs when I was a kid. In the decades since I last visited, it has changed from childhood memories but it still has great hot pools, incredible bush, and is a wee slice of paradise in the middle of nowhere!

Tangoio Falls Track

Want a waterfall you can wade out to, a meandering river, a bush walk, and then another waterfall you can admire from a quiet lookout? Have I got the place for you!

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