Hoteo & the High Country
Sunday 11 November, 8:30am. Duration: 6.5 hours.
$39 - includes bus transport and BBQ lunch.
Grade 5
Limited to 36

NB: THIS IS A LEVEL 5 WALK. It is challenging terrain with steep uphill/downhill sections that require a good level of fitness. You must have proper, sturdy boots.

Welcome to the farm that has been in the Dill family for five generations. We will be taken on a walking tour of the farm and the banks of the Hotel River by Stephen Dill and his wife Clare. Steve and Clare has recently won prestigious award for their environmental care on the farm and they will show you some of their work and explain the responsibilities that come with farming steep country next to our important waterways. Take in the magnificence of beautiful native trees, including kauri, rimu and puriri, and keep an ear and eye out for kereru, tui, fantail and tomtits

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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