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ZL1/WL-118 Boulder Hill

Work brought me to Wellington for a few days so I thought I would add some extra time in to experience some of the local summits. Boulder Hill ZL1/WL-118 was first up, on my way through Upper Hutt. Unfortunately the views were obscured by low cloud and fog so the scenic photos are limited. However the walk up was relatively easy with the cool breeze …

Mount KauKau

So we were off on another adventure, this time of the musical variety and a weekend in Wellington catching up with Friends, but of course Warren had plans that meant another summit needed to be ticked off and squeezed into our schedule.  Sometimes we have to wonder where we manage to find the time for all of these hill tops, but it must be possible,  …

Kauri Mountain

On our last day of the long weekend we thought we would activate Kauri Mountain before heading home. This track is part of the Te Arararoa Trail, or New Zealand’s Trail. However for some reason it does not show on DoC’s file of walking tracks (ftp://public:public@ftp.doc.govt.nz/Public/GIS/KMZ_Files_For_GIS_Software/DOC_Tracks_2017_01_26.kmz). We got our info for this summit from another blog here https://nzfrenzynorth.wordpress.com/c12/ before we set out. At the carpark …

ZL1/WK- 134

  Out the back of the country lands between Cambridge and Matamata,  lies Maungakawa Summit.   Warrens selling point for today was to tell us (and just quietly i think he had himself fooled too) that the hill was not much bigger or harder than Kakepuku which we can see from home and that walk is certainly easily achievable to scale.  In all fairness and to …

Zl3 Goes live – Up on Altimarloch – zl3/mb-093

The launch of Zl3 on May 1st 2016 was not something that was on our list of yes we must do’s this year in terms of SOTA activation’s, however when Andrew got in touch and said he was going to be there and invited Warren to join him for a joint activation as ZL3 went live, the opportunity was too good to miss.   Andrew (VK3ARR) …

ZL1/BP-201

Just to the south of Rotorua is Waipa State Mill. nestled in this forest is an area of bush that is home to Kakapiko summit. I managed to visit this summit after finishing teaching early in Rotorua. A quick check of the maps, I drove south on SH5 from Rotorua and just after the SH30 turn off is a turn to the left towards the …

ZL1/WK-024 – Pureora. A Summit for Easter Weekend ticked off

Somewhere out between Te Kuiti and Taupo on DoC land, Pureora Summit calls itself home.  Getting to the base car park was easy driving (metaled road) and the tramp to the summit was gentle for the most part, although as you near the summit there are a lot of steps.   Conditions were perfect for a tramp until we neared the summit and light drizzle came …