Good tracks in Northland
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I was wondering what people think are their favourite day-walking and tramping tracks in Northland and why they chose those? I'm trying to get an idea of what great tracks are up there and what they are like. I'm interested in both the more famous and popular ones (which we all know are pretty good) AND also the ones that are a bit 'below the radar' (but actually just as good or better).
I am an external researcher doing a bit of a snapshot summary of 'track experiences' for DOC Northland and wanted to try a query on the forum to get some feedback on what experienced users may think. I hope that is OK to do here.
I rather enjoyed the day trip I did in the Waima Forest and I posted it here. http://www.tramper...view=object&id=4956 There seems to be potential for longer trips here and possibly even an overnight one. This is the only tramp I have done in Northland, as a break from sitting on the beach but I am not sure if I would make a special trip there to tramp.
Great to hear you/DOC are looking at it. Problem is there's a sad lack of good tracks north of Auckland, all that amazing coastline and hardly any tracks of decent length.
Mangawhai Coastal is great, but short.
Bream Head - amazing views, but mostly such dense bush you can't see them, and the track was really rugged, not maintained at all when I did it a couple of years ago.
Up in Doubtless Bay - Kaiarara/Dukes Nose is great, with the bonus of the climb to the top of the rock - spectacular. (Would be even better with a few rungs on the way up).
Cape Reinga Circuit is amazing, highly recommended, even the one-day version.
Main comment though is many more are desperately needed.
Would be fantastic if DOC could do one multi day track on either coast, with sea views rather than dense bush and a basic overnight hut. I'd happily pay for that.
Hope your research results in some action!
Check out the Te Araroa tracks in the region
Thanks for the comments on this. DOC is looking to see where there may be opportunity to provide new options - particularly for enhancing tracks and sites that may attract more participants to outdoor experiences. This is a pilot project and if it works well may be used in other areas of the country. Its really looking for informed ideas. This is especially the case where local oportunities may arise for communities to get involved through helping set things up to maybe involvement in any concessions that might develop to support new opportunities.
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