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New Zealand

This section is purely dedicated to all of the hiking in New Zealand I’ve done including several multi-day hikes based on Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit (yes, very nerdy, I know!).

Furthermore, whilst we are an Australian-based hiking company, we also run New Zealand hiking tours with our very first adventure to be held on the North Island.

Aside from our New Zealand hiking tours, this page is very much dedicated to all the hikes I’ve ever done in New Zealand.

There are some you will be familiar with, whilst others, in true form for The Hiking Society, you may not be aware of. This is what we want to do – show you the different places that you can go hiking in New Zealand outside of the Great Walks.

Day 12 (January 7th) of our Hobbit-inspired trip in New Zealand would be the final day of hiking before we hit the Mount Ruapehu Walking Track. Check out previous days adventures here: Day 1-2, Day 3-4, Day 5-6, Day 8-9, and Day 10-11. Our morning started off in the mist and gloom of the final...
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42 traverse
And just when we thought we had seen the end of walking on the road, the start of Day 10 saw us back on the road as made our way south to the town of Owhango (pronounced O-fan-go) and the start of the 42 Traverse. You can read all about our previous days of this adventure...
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the timber trail
As Day 7 was a rest day and we really did nothing but hang out, play cards and talk a whole lot of rubbish, I’ve decided to spare you all the pain of reading a blog about me slaughtering my mates in card games. If you’ve yet to read the previous blogs regarding this Hobbit-inspired...
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hobbiton
The final day of 2017 and the first day of 2018 were two of the easiest days we had during our New Zealand adventure. December 31st, 2017, was only a 14km day from Kakaho Campsite to the aptly name Bog Inn Hut (located almost directly in the centre of the North Island). And January 1st,...
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Day 3 & 4 of our New Zealand Trip was equally as long and arduous as it was exciting for a number of reasons. To begin with, by the end of day 4 we would be off the road and into the forest sections. As I mentioned in my blog regarding day 1 & 2,...
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hobbiton
It’s 6:30am on December 27th, 2017. This is the very beginning of our 13 day, 270km trek across a section from New Zealand from the filming location of Hobbiton in Matamata to one of the filming locations of the Lonely Mountain in The Hobbit trilogy. This location is also known as Mount Ruapehu in the Tongariro...
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The main event for our trip to New Zealand was undoubtedly the Mount Ruapehu Walking Track in the Tongariro National Park. After spending several days in New Zealand forests, which included the Timber Trail and the 42 Traverse, we entered the volcanic area of the Tongariro National Park. The park itself, home to the famous...
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42 Traverse
The second of three main trails we hiked during our time in New Zealand, the 42 Traverse track was a 2-day walk through the quiet Tongariro Forest. Often used by 4WDs, hunters, mountain bikers, motorbikes, horse riders, and fishermen, the 42 Traverse track is also used by hikers; particularly those who are hiking the Te...
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the timber trail
An 85km trail in the Pureora Forest in the North Island of New Zealand, the Timber Trail is designed mainly for mountain bikers but people do ask the question – can you walk the Timber Trail? And the answer is absolutely you can! In fact, it is also now part of New Zealand’s national trail –...
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mount ruapehu
Well, after a week of getting back into the swing of things, it’s time to turn my attention to blogging about our trip to New Zealand. It’s funny though. When I think about all that we did while we were there, it can be a little hard to really convey my feelings about the whole...
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