Station Rock Track to Medlands Beach via Kowhai Valley Track

It is a good idea to start this from the top at Station Rock end. Unless you really like steep hills. 🙂 Station Rock track is a fairly new track. Originally it only went up to Station Rock but now it has been extended. It follows along the ridge-line to meet Kowhai Valley Track. This […]

Kaitoke Hot Springs to Mt Heale Hut via Peach Tree track

Kaitoke Hot Springs track is probably the most walked piece of track on Great Barrier Island. It is also the easiest. Being almost flat helps. If there was a track to take someone in a wheelchair on, this would be it. Do a test run first, but it should be fine. The track starts on […]

Te Ahumata (Whitecliffs) Track

Te Ahumata Track is a nice walk to the top of Te Ahumata (Whitecliffs). Roughly an hour and a half up and down again. Parking is right across the road at the Forest Road track entrance. It is a fairly gentle walk to begin with. Following the ridge and curving around until getting to the turnoff […]

Mt Heale Hut to Harataonga Beach

It was cold and clear when I woke up at Mt Heale Hut. I probably should have been more proactive and gone to the summit for sunrise but instead I cleaned the hut. There had been a rat the night before. Probably because of the food people had left behind. Really, on the bench there […]

Forest Road to Mt Heale via Southfork

One end of Forest Road starts at Port Fitzroy and the other at Whangaparapara Road. I started at the Whangaparapara end. It was closer. Forest Road The entire track is supposed to be 13km and it can feel that long.  It follows the ridge line at either end but there are three deep valleys and, […]

Aotea FM Great Barrier Islands Solar Powered Radio Station

Aotea FM has come a long way in a relatively short time. From an initial small set of batteries and a couple of solar panels up a hill it now has three transmitting stations to cover as much of the Island as possible and a new broadcasting hut near the Claris shops. That’s not a […]