Where: Atiwhakatu Hut, Tararua Forest Park, Wellington Distance & Time: Two hours, 7.5km Take: Food, stuff for an overnighter, water, sunscreen Amenities on route: Bathroom at the start of the walk and 30 minutes in. Hut has mattresses and water Cost of the walk: $5 per person for a bunk in the hut If you like …
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!
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! The Tangoio Walkway which encompasses Te Ana Falls, which you can swim at, and Tangoio Falls which you can view from a lockout, in Hawke's Bay is the place to be.
800 steps up. Sounds like a lot but it goes surprisingly quick and the view at the top is absolutely worth it. The East Cape Lighthouse walk also has quite possibly one of the most picturesque drives to get to it, following the road around the coast and I almost guarantee you'll start to imagine yourself owning a bach (holiday home) here as the beaches are glorious and it's so easy to find a wee spot away from the other 10 people that happen to be on the beach at the same time as you!
Patuna Chasm has to be one of the best kept secret day walks in all of New Zealand. The fact it's on private land and there is a entry fee involved probably accounts for that - but let me tell you that this walk is absolutely worth every dollar!
A walk on a predator free island (well, apart from humans), less than a hour's drive from New Zealand's capital city? A walk that starts and ends with a boat trip? The opportunity to see birdlife up close and personal? If all of the above appeals to you, then you need to get yourself to Kāpiti Island, ASAP.
We lucked out big time with this walk - a few days before we were due to start walking the middle section of the track was closed due to snow. And two days after we came off that section it closed again due to bad weather. Which is completely understandable as there is no way I'd want to be on top of those ridgelines in windy and/or snowy conditions!