25 Dec

te araroa northbound

From the carpark on the beach at Mangawhai Heads (end of Wintle St) get onto DoC’s Mangawhai Walkway along the cliffs. Oddly, only the last stage (‘Stage One’) of this is shown on the TA and NZ Topo maps, a short section off Aucks Rd as you near Okiato. My knee ached. The rock formations and views all along the ridge are spectacular. Take the right fork when you get to Ocean Beach Rd onto Urquharts Bay Rd and stay on it to the carpark at its end. Many other types of vegetation are dependent on the kauri, so there is a risk that we won’t just lose the trees but whole forests. If using the Mackerel Forest Track isn’t an option then it is a very long road walk into Whangārei and then back out to Ngunguru, though you can catch a bus part way, as below. It doesn’t say whether that is at Ruakākā itself (you would think so, but maybe the jetty at Marsden Point is called the Ruakākā jetty). The first shuttle buses drop people off at about 6.30am at the Mangatepopo carpark, and they will be passing the hut within 20 to 30 minutes, so you need to start from the hut before 7am if you want the track to yourself. What Te Araroa offers is a snapshot view, at walking pace, of the best of New Zealand. Turn left as you come to the railway line and cross it a short distance on (there is no crossing further south) then go east on Carroll St, then south on Ward to get to the railway station or to Findlay St (which has the YHA at its far end). Martins Hut … So use boardwalks where provided and clean your footwear using wash stations (and don’t forget to wash your poles). I don’t know how long this will take, but lets say five to seven days, and there is no marked track all the way, so you may have to bush bash, or walk up rivers, so now you have about two weeks in total from Palmerston North without resupply through some remote and difficult terrain. It is marked on the 2019-20 map as a dotted line, and on the NZ Topo map as noted. Also, the cheese rolls make for very good hiking fuel. Te Araroa (pronounced tee-are-a-rho-a –and don’t worry, it took us months to get the pronunciation correct) is a continuous trail that traverses more than 3,000 kilometers (nearly 2,000 miles) through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Unless you have something organised from here you are better to keep going to the Marsden Cove Marina where you may be able to get a boat to take you to the other side (see under the next section below). In the slow and often solitary world of walking, it’s becoming a bit of a highway. There appear to be tracks and gravel roads running beside the rail line from Tangiwai to Ohakune, but I don’t know if they have public access. At the end of Te Werahi Beach you scramble over rocks and up the hill to Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua. There are markers from the main track to the base of the mountain, but no marked route up. No dogs are allowed due to nesting birds. There are three backpackers and one campground, but seasonal workers can be in the hostel beds. Go south along this road. Book former on Airbnb. Expect to see hordes of people (over 1,000 per day in good weather), but unlike SoBos you will at least will be going with the flow, as NoBo is the DoC recommendation here. Otherwise, turn left over a bridge onto McAuslin Rd. Kauri Mountain Track: 3 km, 1.5 hr (map 18). Good for daily weather updates, plus has interpretive displays about the park. 09 432 1051. This also presents a risk of being hit, but the time on the road is less. 2 Line just after its intersection with Union Line and Matawara Hill Rd. Typically the Southbound walkers would begin their tramp from late September-December, and the Northbound walkers would begin November-January. It is dangerous to do so at other times though. You pass through here with agreement from a number of landowners so please respect this and do not camp anywhere on this track. It’s an imperfect line in places, and it will change its route over the years. There is a bylaw prohibiting camping here. NOTE: this may be closing in (or at end of) January 2020. Avoid entering here. The school drinking fountain and toilets should be available whether anyone is there or not though. Once inside the forest the track sidles above the Hope River to Hope Shelter, a basic hut (6 bunk) can be found which is old but still in reasonable condition. The small settlements going upriver are, with distances from the centre of Whanganui, Parikino, Atene (36 km), Koroniti (46.4 km) Matawihi (c.53 km), Ranana (58.8 km), Jerusalem (66 km), Pipiriki (78 km). The fare is about $90 for this. From the bridge continue on the road past the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Turn right onto it. You can divert to the Capitaine Bougainville Memorial on the north point of Oruaea Bay. On the Appalachian Trail I quite enjoyed the challenge of climbing a ridge, and the reward of views up top for the next few hours. The track from here is often indistinct but follows markers to and beyond the Longwood trig. Just before the road meets Horahora River turn right and cross the river at low tide. Call or email Sheryl on 027 309 3476; peter1.sheryl@gmail.com. Countdown supermarket, cnr Taupo Quay and Wilson St, just south of City Bridge. Walking around the beaches and rocks is possible until about 2 to 3 hrs before high tide. You need good equipment and navigation skills. It is therefore cheaper if you join up with other hikers so that the transport costs can be shared. It is a different… This original route does save you a few km of beach walking, and I’d consider it in windy weather as it can be unpleasant on the beach. The route proposed here takes 2.25 days to Pipiriki, stopping at the Rivertime Lodge, then Jerusalem, followed by an early morning hike to Pipiriki on day three. This challenging trip begins at 1120m. I warmed up with a coffee and eventually our Dutch friends caught up. It is a bit spooky on this and you wouldn’t want to be on it near dusk, especially when you get to a section of about 50 or so of stuffed toys nailed to or placed in the trees along the path (a warning? There is another kayak hire place in Paihia that may be worth checking out: Coastal Kayakers. Ocean Beach Walk: 9 km, 3 hr (map 18) At the stream on the right of the campground (when looking inland from the beach), there is a bathtub for water resupply. After 3 km this descends steeply to the Waipapa River. Go up the ridge line in native bush for 1.5 km through the privately owned Waetford block (no camping, fires, dogs, etc, and daylight access only), then along a fence line past pine trees. Looking at Google Street View, perhaps it has a bit less road margin and is slightly more hilly, but there is not a lot in it. Tom was inside chatting with another northbound hiker. You pass a track down to Peach Cove Hut, a DoC hut, but the backcountry pass doesn’t cover it and you need to book in order to get a code for the lock. The roots can be very close to the surface and spread a very long way from the tree. Or arrange something with a transport provider (see below). You will have to pay a $5 fee at the camp for using the Māori land access via the Horahora River crossing. Just above Paengarehia / Twilight beach on the other side is Twilight Camp, a small campsite with water, toilet and covered area. The Mangatepopo Hut is a Great Walks hut, and though not as expensive as some ($36), does require, 21. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below. Take the 4WD road Pukatea Ridge Track aka Pirau Ridge Road from the Puketī Forest Hut for 9 km. The route was officially called Te Araroa Trail and opened in 2011 by the Governor-General of New Zealand, Sir Jerry Mateparae. Next it is a steep descent on very loose material. There is a private camp ground with cabins there and it is close to the Bridge to Nowhere Lodge, both on the west bank of the river. If southbound, we recommend a late September-December start. Landmarks you’ll pass are Waipapakauri (14 km), where there is a holiday park, Hukatere (31 km from Ahipara), which also has a camping ground and lodge, The Bluff on Wakatehaua Island (61 km), again with a camping ground, and Te Paki Stream (aka Kauaeparaoa Stream and 81 km from Ahipara). If you don’t want to camp at Apple Dam and just get out of the forest you can skip turning into Kauri Pa Rd and stay on Jacksons until it becomes Omahuta Rd. This becomes a track which goes to the end of Darch Point Rd. Another alternative to avoiding the fords of the Horahora and Ngunguru rivers is the road route and the Mackerel Forest Track (if this is still open). Expect your shoes/boots to suffer some shredding from the sharp rocks in any case. Then you turn left onto the Whakapapaiti track. Camping, with toilets and water, $10 koha. Go to the end of this road to a playground and onto another track that takes you to Reotahi Beach Rd. Click on 3D map to enlarge, click again to zoom. From the camp ground head north-west via Cardigan St, followed by Hertford St, then turn right into Wiltshire St and left into Buckingham St through the centre of town (or go further down towards the Arrow River and walk along Ramshaw Lane). There is a DoC office at 25 Matthews Ave and an information centre on the corner of Matthews Ave and South Rd. Then there is a footwear cleaning station just as you enter bush on the Harman farm. Going north around it is a long hike through rugged country to exit near the Rangipo powerhouse, not far south of Tūrangi and it will involve crossing private land (for much of it contact Helisika for permission). And Whangārei Coastal Commuter (0800 435 355) has a twice daily service to Tutukaka and Ngunguru, both settlements well north of Whangārei that are on the TA, but which is only really useful if you want to skip the section from Whangārei Heads or need to bail out when you are up there. Use the insulated grips to open and close the gates. You need good equipment and navigation skills. You don’t have to book to stay, but you can book it nevertheless ($10) and it is commonly used by people setting off early in the day canoeing, so it may pay to do so. And then walk along a ridge to another campsite (Pandora Camp) in Piwhane / Spirits Bay. Boogie boards are hired out at the carpark for $15. This crosses open tussock and a bridge over the Whakapapaiti Stream before passing through groves of kaikawaka and cabbage trees amongst the beech forest. Te Araroa (pronounced tee-are-a-rho-a –and don’t worry, it took us months to get the pronunciation correct) is a continuous trail that traverses more than 3,000 kilometers (nearly 2,000 miles) through the North and South Islands of New Zealand. Expect it to be fully booked over the Christmas holiday period well into January. You continue north on tramping tracks, through the Waitotara Forest, and meet up with the ancient Māori Matemateaonga track going east to Ramanui. Transport/advice also available. Bream Head (Te Whara) Track: 7 km, 5–6 hrs (map 18) Daily guided tours, hangi and Māori cultural performances are available. Because it is part of the Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail network there are useful km markers along the route. So you will need to plan your exit. After you have traversed the beach you climb a little to walk along cliff tops of flax and mānuka scrublands. This is useful for resupplying anyway, as you wouldn’t have passed through Kaitaia if you had been walking through the Herekino Forest. On 6 February 1840, New Zealand’s founding document was signed at Waitangi between Lieutenant-Governor Hobson, representing of the British Crown and Māori chiefs. It is narrow at first due to regrowth and slips, but becomes something you could drive a 4WD vehicle along. Mangapurua Landing to Mosley’s Campsite: 27.5 km, 7 hrs 15. Always check the Trail Status pages of the official Te Araroa website for recent changes or alerts on the trail. You can cross adjacent to the twisted remains of a concrete power pole laid on the river bed. Walk along the signed track from Ōpua north to Haumai Bay. Whatever the case, the trail heads north along the beach to Marsden Point. Mangatepopo Hut to Tongariro Holiday Park (Tongariro Crossing): 27 km, 7.5 hrs (maps 51, 50), The route begins with a gradual incline to the base of the Devil’s Staircase. The route also lets you take the historic Durie Hill Elevator at the end (bring a $2 coin). Parts of the track north of Onekainga trig are well used for DoC predator control and there are numerous coloured markers for bait stations and traps. There is a whole host of accommodation in National Park village and not much else besides the petrol station/4 Square store. Walk along Waiotoi Rd for about 2.8 km. You climb up a dune and slide down on a board, sheet of cardboard, or whatever, as though you are on snow. See below for more details. Note that there is no water source or toilets on this section. You can find a water supply and shade at a church on No. Route from South to North - Te Araroa northbound - Mangatepopo to Ketetahi. You can try a kayak crossing by contacting Simon Ellison (Ruakākā Kayaking, ph 432 8668 or 021 233 6748), who can assist with kayaks. Stick to the route down here. The route begins with a gradual incline to the base of the Devil’s Staircase. The drive exits at a point where Harambee Rd and Te Whara Way meet. You begin on SH4, which is a fairly busy road, though begins with parkland on the river side of the road. As you go uphill from the point where it meets the waters edge a driveway goes off at left. Top up your water at the Whakahoro campsite, as as it is now 24.5 km of road walking with few water sources along the Oio Rd (though Isabel at 2350 Oio Rd, not far from the war memorial, offers water and a rest stop to TA walkers). An alternative is temporarily going SoBo, and this may be the most common approach. The track climbs steadily up the valley along the true left side of the Mangapurua Stream to reach Mangapurua Trig, the highest point in the area (661m), with sweeping views on a clear day. At the 7 km mark there is a line of fruit trees on the left of the road that have some delicious fruit in season (early March onwards). Take care drinking from streams, both here and elsewhere in the Tongaririo National Park, as some are heavily mineralised and contain toxic metals from volcanic sources. They leap off the headland to climb the roots of the 800-year-old pōhutukawa tree and descend to the underworld where they return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiki, via Te Ara Wairua, the ‘Spirits’ pathway’. If there are bulls grazing walk slowly and quietly. There can be single-wire electric fences along this stretch. At the junction of Oio with Upper Retaruke Rd there is a war memorial with a water tap on the fence behind it. It is not really an option to walk north on the beach from Pataua because it is private land between the beach and the road. Walking up west of the Whanganui River could be another possibility, but you will need to get across the river at some point and there is a fair bit of road walking, but no more than the distance some do from Pipiriki to Whanganui. This long route goes from North to South and gives you, excited hikers, a ve The disease is mainly being spread by humans. You pass the DoC Uretiti Beach camping ground on the way (behind the dunes). Jerusalem to Mosley’s Campsite: 9 hrs 45 walking, 38 km (maps 58, 57, 56, 55), Pipiriki is where you need to catch your jetboat to Mangapurua Landing (the Bridge to Nowhere is a short walk from here and is what most jetboat tours advertise). The nearest main town is Kaitaia, 100 km to the south. (‘Ngunguru’ may look unpronounceable at first, but break it into Māori syllables – ngu (rhymes with new, but with the ‘n’ combined with a ‘g’, as in sing), followed by another ngu, then -ru (as in roo): ngu-ngu-ru.) About 12 km further along is the larger settlement of Koriniti (Corinth) with a three-meeting-house marae (koha/donations invited). An alternative (the trail route up until 2019-20) is to turn right into Santoft Rd from Raumai Rd. For example, you could road walk from Whanganui to Taumatatahi 78 km to the northwest, beginning on the main road to Watotara 34 km to the west of Wanganui and then up the Waitotara River on back roads. Check the NZ Topo map for options. He can take up to 10 people per trip. Walk 13 km along the Pataua North Rd. Leave the gate open or closed as you find it. ... Commemorate your Te Araroa hike with this awesome T-Shirt. May 27, 2020 - What to take on the Te Araroa Trail and how to save weight. It is best to climb one of the rocky ridges, where there is solid ground, otherwise the loose scoria makes it like climbing in shingle. Ask for the ‘Te Araroa rate’. Sheryl’s place is ‘off grid’: composting toilet available on request and kauri die-back cleaning facilities for your use. Ngunguru There’s an electrified gate which is easy to go through by using the plastic insulated handle. Just spraying anti-fungus solution on your shoes isn’t enough. Check the, Now that you are here I may as well break the news to you that Cape Reinga is actually 3 km short of the northernmost point in New Zealand. There are great views from here along the coast. You could walk the 3 km east to Matapōuri . This pā served as a coastal village, a trading post and a fortified base for war parties. You could detour here, or go right over Herangi Hill over peach coloured dunes and past unusual dune grasses to Te Werahi Beach Track. You can find a water supply and shade at a church on No. Check the NIWA tide tables for Marsden Point. The track takes you down into a gully and over a bridge and onto the historic reserve that includes the site of Kororipo Pā. There are toilets at the southern end of Paihia Beach. At the end of town turn left into Waiotoi Rd. (From the stream mouth it is 1 hour upstream to the road, should you wish to exit the beach here). Camping by the toilets at Reotahi Reserve by TA walkers for one night seems to be permitted. I think many flip-flop, to get the experience of  canoeing the Whanganui River; others do what I did, take the jetboat upriver; and some decide to road walk from Whanganui to Ohakune. ... Just like normal life, the Te Araroa isn’t always beautiful. Or arrange something with a transport provider (see below). There is a beach track into Rama Rd just before you get to Marsden Point Beach carpark. 09 408 1275. If you can get from Marsden Pt to Whangārei you could resupply there and take one of these services to the Heads and avoid the whole business of trying to get a boat across. There is nothing much to mark this turn off. Raetea Forest Track: 18 km, 9.5 hrs (maps 9, 8, 7). Dogs will bark but won’t hurt you. It comes out at Clements Rd and you end up at Matapōuri, a very nice place by various accounts (especially Whale Bay). There is a short diversion to the soda springs here. It’s a walking track about 3,000 km long from Bluff at the southern tip of the South Island to Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island that was officially opened in 2011. At Mosleys access to the stream is difficult but there is tank water at the shelter. There are a couple of cafés, takeaway shops and a Four Square grocery store on Ngunguru Rd. The morning broke cold, wet and grey. A Māori road then begins. This is cheaper but involves longer walking days and is no quicker, as you still have to wait for the jet boat scheduled departure time on the third day. The paddle from Waikare to Paihia takes 3-4hr depending on weather conditions, tide and fitness levels, and should only be done by persons with some experience and navigation ability. This appears after a section with a bank on the right side of the road. Or you could always continue road walking from Pipiriki to Ohakune. It also serves as a NZ Post outlet. 2 Line just after its intersection with Union Line and Matawara Hill Rd. Please arrange a day in advance, and a koha (donation) is appreciated. The track ends at a cleaning station and stile beneath a ‘High Chapparal’ sign on Webb Rd at Ngawai Bay. And then you have to be careful you are not just washing the soil to some place where it can infect further trees. T-2 months: get training, or don’t. There can be single-wire electric fences along this stretch. Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. Four Square, combined with petrol station, corner Waimarino Tokaano Rd and SH47, 7am to 7pm, 07 892 2879. Contact him in advance on 09 408 3685. Going around the mountain reveals some great tramping. There is a wide window of opportunity to walk Te Araroa. There is almost no traffic down this stretch. SH46 is 1.5 km from the car park. The shirt features original hand-drawn artwork View product. It’s better to travel in a group or two or three, which will reduce costs. Hosts Rupert and Wendy Newbold. The route should also not be attempted after heavy rain. Takahue Marae – (previously Old SChool Grounds) Takahue Rd, presumably at about grid ref 1631-3, 6104-7. Avoiding the Whanganui River altogether by walking up through the Ruahines, Kawekas and Kaimanawas could be an alternative. If the tide is high on the above-mentioned shore you can detour beforehand by taking the road going west from Whananaki South. Helena Ridge Track: 9 km, 4 hrs (map 15) However, the national park must be one of the highlights of the North Island section so these are not preferred options. Stay on this until a ‘T’ intersection, where the Whananaki Walkway departs past a gate in more or less the direction you have been travelling. Take care using the water and check all taps are off, as water gets very low in summer. Closed due to kauri die-back disease. From the Kauri Mountain trig descend down the other side to a long driveway that passes private homes. National Park village to Mangatepopo Hut: 29 km, 8 hrs 45 (maps 52, 51), Walk 6.5 km on the busy SH47 east of National Park village to the turn-off at right to the Mangahuia track and head 500m up to the. Paihia is a bit like a very small version of Queenstown or Wanaka and consists mainly of places to stay and eat, but despite all the accommodations it can get booked right out in summer. This detour is part of the access agreement. Come ashore at a council reserve where you can see down the river and out to sea. Go left into Skyline Rd along ridges west, then north, before the road descends to Kerikeri Inlet Rd (that’s after it branches into Bedford and Te Wairoa Rd – take the left, Te Wairoa Rd, down to Kerikeri Inlet Rd). Te Araroa is a long thin red line on a map of New Zealand. Opened in 2011, the Te Araroa—Maori for "long pathway"—stretches more than 3,000 kilometers from Cape Reinga at the top of the North Island to Bluff at the bottom of the South. The Old Coach House homestay backpacker and b&b – 52 SH3, Turakina – 06 327 3972, 021 780 855. Those familiar with the Guthook App used on most major US trails and some internationally, it is from the same creators. A trip along the entire trail usually takes four to six months. Tuatahi Airport Shuttle – Alex Nankivell, 021 087 53196. Take the vehicle ferry over the Veronica Channel to Ōpua. The track branches again after about 2.5 km, with a track west to Cape Maria van Diemen. Yeti Tours are based in Ohakune. However, once at Tūrangi you could easily catch a ride to Whakapapa Village on Mt Ruapehu and rejoin the TA. Note that the Tongariro Northern Circuit takes in the Tama Lakes and part of it is on the TA route (but you will need to repeat the section of the TA because it is a circuit that brings you back to Whakapapa). Or if you want to stay in the area you can walk about 1.5 km south, then take the Tapotupoto Rd west for a similar distance to a basic campsite. In the slow and often solitary world of walking, it’s becoming a bit of a highway. Watch out for vehicles and mountain bikers. The staircase (more or less literally these days) is a long, hard slog. $ 26.00. At the high points of 297 and 276m there are great views in every direction. Then, after you cross the estuary on the roadway, you can follow the coast to Paihia Beach if the tide is low. So, to take this route, turn left into Fusilier Rd from Santoft Rd after a culvert. Only go in dry weather. P: 021 132 4519. Papakauri Rd is the current Te Araroa access to the forest, as per the TA map and the instructions above. Walk 6.5 km on the busy SH47 east of National Park village to the turn-off at right to the Mangahuia track and head 500m up to the Maungahuia camp site. Then find some clay steps up to the gravel Kauri Mountain Rd. Go west along this and turn right into Te Puke Rd. Fancy taking a bullet? The Treaty Grounds (including the colonial Treaty House) and 1000 acres of land were gifted to the nation in 1932 by the former Governor General, Lord Charles Bledisloe. Has a caravan that sleeps three and space for about 10 tents. Then you are on south crater. Then find some clay steps up to the gravel Kauri Mountain Rd. From the end of the road head west on the Langsview Track (aka Brynderwyn Walkway). January is possible if you're a swift traveller. Te Anau Top 10 Holiday Park – 15 Luxmore Dr, Te Anau, 03 249 8538; 0800 249 555. Ferries go every 10 minutes from 6 am to 9.50 pm, and only cost $1 for foot passengers. You could always take the Coastal Commuter bus one direction or the other perhaps. Mangapurua Campsite, at the beginning, is on the opposite bank from the landing, so of no use to you. It crosses open tussock country. Turn right into Pā Rd. Go under SH10 from the carpark and over a swing bridge across the Kerikeri River and walk south parallel to SH10 and then turn right onto Puketōtara Rd. Well located on the trail, but try to avoid a downstairs room as there is no sound proofing from the rooms above. It is in fact cheaper than hiring canoes and going downstream, though rather less respectful of the peace and quiet of the river. A more relaxing route for part of this road walk is to take the. Avoid entering here. Below are my speculative thoughts. It was one of the best and worst times of my life; everything about New Zealand is amazing and I loved it all, but I also lost a friend and it cut deep. 14 bunks and tentsites. Te Araroa (The Long Pathway) is New Zealand's long distance tramping route, stretching circa 3,000 kilometres (1,900 mi) along the length of the country's two main islands from Cape Reinga to Bluff.It is made up of a mixture of older tracks and walkways, new tracks, and link sections alongside roads. Ferries go every 10 minutes from 6 am to 9.50 pm, and only cost $1 for foot passengers. Te Araroa is a continuous route, but the caveat is that just like with American Photo Credit: Fern Toe (Erin Gabrielson) trails, it will take the next 20 years to get the “trail” off roads, private property, etc. Water route: Kayak down the inlet with Bay Beach Hire, phone 0800 611 440 or 021 189 4204. The owners are used to walkers passing through and a greeting and/or thank you will go down well. Pay $10 in an honesty box. Overall, hiking is tough and I’m just being real. The nearest main town is Kaitaia, 100 km to the south. Take the vehicle ferry over the Veronica Channel to Ōpua. Also, you need to know that there are no amenities at the cape, just a car park and toilets. For sights along the way see, 15. It has gas cooking and a campsite ($15). You then join and cross the Waitangi River at a point where it is usually knee/thigh deep before climbing up on Mackerel Rd (a forest road) through pine forest to join Ngunguru Ford Rd. covered in sand now. The mud can be deep in places. More challenging options include padding upstream on the river. Use the insulated grips to open and close the gates. Sometimes if the tide is high you’re best to wait for it to drop a little. Find the track that takes you to Ngunguru Ford Rd, turn left into it and then right down to Nikau Bay Camp and Cabins. After 6 km turn off Russell Rd at left into Papakauri Rd at the Punaruku Estuary. There are a number of wrecks along this sandy coast as it was a lee shore, something to be avoided in a sailing vessel. Crossing the Horahora and Ngunguru rivers (map 17) Last updated 31 October 2020. Header photo: Ngunguru, 2010 (cropped) by Phillip Capper, Wellington, NZ, Wikimedia, Mangawhai–Bream Tail Walkway: 7 km, 3.5 hrs (map 20), Cullen–Brynderwyn Walkway, 14 km, 5-6 hrs (map 20), DragonSpell Retreat – Cullen Rd, Waipū (look out for the signs at very end of Cullen Rd, 7.5km up from Cove Rd, about the intersection of grid lines 1737 and 6008, but you are asked to call ahead first). 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