16 walks ticked

This Year

Number of Walks Ticked
Total Distance Ticked

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Number of Walks Ticked
Total Distance Ticked
Name Date Difficulty Distance/Duration
Conondale Great Walk (Conondale National Park)
17 Apr, 2014
56km return
4 days
17-20 April 2014. Beware: lots of leeches during day 1 and 2 after the wet weather (by lots I mean one every 10x10cm patch in places). During our hike the track felt poorly maintained - trees across the trail, had to wander off the trail several times to find it.
Summer Falls campsite (day 3 night) makes up for it: very nice cliffs, beautiful falls with dipping/swimming holes, dry ground (without leeches!), open forest.
Overall feeling: won't do the walk again unless after a month of no rain; Summer Falls site is the next long weekend destination (accessible from the 2WD road crossing the 4th day trail section about 4k from the Summer Falls campground).
Kepler Track (South Island NZ)
21 Jan, 2014
60km return
4 days
Very spectacular track. especially if the weather is good and you get the view from the ridge.
Did it in 4 days, Rainbow Reach to Rainbow Reach. Campsites are nice, but lots of bity midges - be sure to take an insect repellent. There is no campsite on the ridge, but Luxmore Hut is cosy and warm and worth staying in. Got caught by a blizzard on the ridge (mid-summer!), the entire ridge walked in 50cm deep snow and ~80km/h wind - make sure you have necessary warm layers, gloves, hat, good rain jacket and sunglasses.
Next time would probably book huts for all 3 nights, just because :) Make sure you make a booking 5-6 months in advance, the hike is popular (as all Fiordland tracks).
Mt Ngungun (Glass House Mountains National Park)
18 Sep, 2013
2.8km return
90 mins
Slowly ran up it and then down: very pretty, certainly easy if you walk it rather than run up, breathtaking view from the top, reasonably short: must do for those who are in the area and want to appreciate the natural beauty of the region.
The Sphinx and Turtle Rock (Girraween National Park)
Jul, 2012
7.4km return
4 hrs
Castle Rock (Girraween National Park)
Jul, 2012
5.2km return
2 hrs
Exposed but very-very nice. Spectacular views, fun walk through the stone "tunnel" to get onto the top.
The Pyramid (Girraween National Park)
3.8km return
2 hrs
Nice rock, exposed but safe.