Hoteo & the High Country
November, 8:15am. Duration: 6.75 hours.
$45 - includes bus transport and BBQ lunch.
Grade 5
Limited to 36

NB: THIS IS A LEVEL 5 WALK. It is a challenging 11km walk with a 1000 foot descent and steep uphill sections that require a superior level of fitness. You must have proper, sturdy tramping boots.

Starting at 800 feet above sea level, you will start your journey at the entrance to Atuanui Reserve, one of the earliest walkways gazetted in New Zealand, and the largest area of native forest between the Waipoua Forest and Waitakere Ranges.

Take in the magnificence of the large kauri, rimu and puriri trees, and keep an ear and eye out for kereru, tui, fantail and tomtits, as well as an old pā site. You will be taken to the summit of Mt Auckland which affords great views back inland, up the Hoteo river and out across the Kaipara Harbour.

Once you have soaked up the vistas, you’ll descend to the banks of the Maungatu Creek and cross over on a pontoon. You’ll take a step back in time as you walk over multi-generational farmland following the banks of the Hoteo River. You then emerge at our rustic solar-powered hut, nestled in amongst native bush, where a BBQ lunch awaits that has drawn rave reviews from previous walkers. This grove abounds with native birds and it is a delight to just savour your lunch and then lie back and soak up the surroundings.

Finally, walk back up to the farmyard for a final great view of Mount Auckland and the Kaipara harbour.

A great opportunity, especially for Townies and new New Zealanders, to experience the perfect blend of native forest and a big, mixed, northern hill country farm with everything from wide-open views to the horizon, to peaceful, contemplative sections of twisting river. It’s a visual treat from beginning to end and you get a fantastic lunch to top it all off.

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