Our Hikes

DAY TRIPS - WEEKEND GETAWAYS

Hiking Trips:

We cater to individuals, corporates, teams, and groups wanting to go on a day hike. We also offer personalised hiking adventures.

Day Hikes: We have hiking options available for all levels of fitness and experience and offer a range of day hikes in the Waikato, Bay of Plenty and Coromandel regions.

These hikes include coastal walks, bush walks and hikes to summits or lookouts. All hikes are on well-marked and formed tracks and all major river crossing are bridged.

To ensure you get the most out of your day our hikes are kept to a maximum of five ladies plus your guide for the day. We walk at a comfortable pace for all and take regular breaks to enjoy and appreciate the natural surroundings, discuss healthy eating habits and physical fitness.

For your safety, your guide for the day hikes holds a current first aid qualification.

Weekend Getaways: In the near future we hope to offer weekend adventures. These weekends will incorporate day hikes, health workshops and an overnight stay.

Grading

We have graded our hikes based on fitness level, experience, hiking times, and track conditions/terrain. Please choose accordingly. Downgrade if you are unsure or feel free to contact us.

Novice: Suitable for those who want an introduction to walking in nature. No previous hiking experience is needed, just a willingness to give it a go. Tracks are well formed, hard surfaced and easy walking. Hiking time of up to 2 hours.

Easy: Suitable for those with no previous hiking experience. A reasonable standard of fitness is required. Tracks are mostly well-formed and hard surfaced but may have some uneven ground. Hills are of a gentle to moderate gradient. Hiking time of up to 4 hours.

Moderate: Suitable for those with no previous hiking experience but you must have a good base level of fitness (e.g. 150 mins or more of moderate physical activity per week). Primarily earthen tracks which are mostly well formed but expect some rough uneven ground and short steep hills. Hiking time of up to 6 hours

Challenging: Suitable for those with previous hiking experience and a good level of fitness and agility. You should train regularly and include hills or a similar stimulus in your training program. Expect steep to very steep hills in places and uneven track surfaces. Hikes will build on all aspects of physical fitness. Hiking time up to 6 hours.

Our Hikes

Women’s day hikes which focus on the independent and combined health benefits of exercise, engaging with nature, and a healthy diet, while in a safe, supportive, and fun environment. Our day hikes are kept to a maximum of five ladies plus your guide for the day

Bay of Plenty Region

Karangahake Gorge (4 hr)

Grade: Easy
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

Starting at the Karangahake Reserve car park this track has a little bit of everything. We cross suspension bridges, go through a short tunnel, and follow the beautiful Waitawheta River.

Highlights

  • Crossing a suspension bridge
  • Going through an old mining tunnel
  • Following the Waitawheta River
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

True to its description this walk has a little bit of everything. Our guide was great and the information she shared over the course of the day has motivated me to take charge of my health.

Alli

Karangahake Mountain (5-6 hr)

Grade: Challenging
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

From the Karangahake Reserve car park this hike follows the same route as the Karangahake Gorge walk but takes a detour to climb steeply up a rough track to the top of Karangahake Mountain. This is well worth the climb for the views and sense of accomplishment once we reach the summit. On descending from the mountain, we follow a well graded track back to the carpark.

Highlights

  • Panoramic views from Karangahake Mountain summit
  • Cross a suspension bridge
  • Go through an old mining tunnel
  • Follow the Waitawheta River
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Tuahu Track to Tuahu Saddle (4-5 hr)

Grade: Easy
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

This is a well graded track all the way up to Tuahu Saddle. We leave the parking area at the end of Hot Springs Road and follow a track that winds through beautiful native bush, with the Te Rereatukahia Stream down to our right. Crossing the small stream, the path climbs on a moderate grade through a number of gullies to the saddle.

Breaks in the foliage, as we slowly climb, provide great views down into the valley, with more beautiful views from up around the saddle. We return along the same route.

Highlights

  • Get up close to one of the largest kauri in the Bay of Plenty
  • Travel through beautiful native forest
  • Enjoy great views of the Killarney Lakes and the Waikato
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Sentinel Rock Lookout (4-5 h)

Grade: Moderate
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

Leaving from the parking area at the end of Hot Springs Road we begin our hike on the Tuahu Track before branching off to follow a rough track which climbs steeply to an undulating ridge which we travel on to reach a view of Sentinel Rock. On a clear day the view of the surrounding valley is spectacular. We descend on the same route to re-join the Tuahu Track.

Highlights

  • Get up close to one of the largest kauri in the Bay of Plenty
  • Travel through mature native forest
  • Treasure the stunning views from Sentinel Rock Lookout
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Coromandel Region

Te Karo Bay to Otara Bay (3 hr)

Grade: Easy
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

Leaving Te Karo Bay (Sailors Grave) beach car park we head down to the beach, cross a shallow stream, and hike north. On the way, we take a short detour to visit the historic sailors grave memorial, before continuing our journey around the headland to our destination Otara Bay. As we wander around the coastline, there is plenty of time to enjoy the great views out over the ocean and to the Aldermen Islands. The coastal bush is dominated by mature pohutakawa trees and nikaus, our only native palm. Otara Bay itself is a beautiful secluded, unspoiled beach, a peaceful place to enjoy and engage with nature. We take a walk along the beach, to the northern end, allowing plenty of time for you to explore the rock pools and enjoy the marine-life and seabirds that populate this area. After lunch on the beach in the shade of the pohutakawas, we begin the return trip to Te Karo Bay where we spend the last of our day exploring and walking on this beautiful beach.

Highlights

  • Enjoy great views out over the ocean and to the nearby islands
  • Spend time walking and exploring a secluded and unspoiled beach
  • View the seabirds and marine life of this area
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Wentworth Valley Falls (2 hr)

Grade: Novice
Departure: 10am | Return: 2pm
Price: $120 pp  Groups of 3-5 $105 pp

Beginning from the end of the Wentworth Valley Road the track follows the river as you walk through regenerating native forest up to a stunning two-drop waterfall. The track is well formed, hard packed and on a very gentle gradient. Picnic areas near the start of the track provide a beautiful location to spend time discussing healthy lifestyle behaviours before and after we finish the walk.

Highlights

  • View up close the impressive two-drop waterfall
  • Follow the scenic Wentworth stream
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Homunga Bay Coastal Walk (4-5 h)

Grade: Moderate
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

Starting at Ngatitangata Road end car park we descend toward Homunga Bay following a paper road over farmland and passing through groves of native bush dominated by mature Puriri trees. There are stunning views across the farmland down to the coast and out over the ocean. Homunga Bay is a gem, unspoiled and beautiful. From Homunga Bay we carry on around the coast skirting the headlands and coastal cliffs and passing through small stream gullies. Views out over the ocean toward Major island and down into secluded bays are all part of the walk.

Highlights:

  • Spectacular farmland and coastal views
  • Visit secluded pristine bays
  • View old Puriri trees full of epiphytic plants
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Waikato Region

Mahaukura Track (4-5 hr)

Grade: Moderate
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

Starting at Greys Road car park, this hike begins with a gentle walk along the informative Mangakara nature trail. We then connect with the Mahaukura Track and start a steady climb over fairly even ground through beautiful mature tawa and kohekohe forest.  As we continue our climb up towards Wharauroa knoll the track gets rougher and steeper but provides access to some magnificent lookout points down into the bush clad valleys of Pirongia Forest and out over the surrounding landscape. After enjoying lunch at one of the view points we return along the same route.

Highlights

  • Hike through mature kohekohe and tawa forests
  • Visit an ancient kahikatea tree forest giant
  • Take in stunning views over the forest park and surrounding landscape
  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Wharauroa and Mahaukura Lookouts (5-6 hr)

Grade: Challenging
Departure: 9.30am | Return: between 3.30-4pm
Price: $140 pp  Groups of 3-5 $120 pp

From Greys Road car park we take the Mahaukura Track up to Wharauroa knoll. The track begins with a steady climb over fairly even ground through beautiful mature tawa and kohekohe forest. As we continue our climb up towards Wharauroa lookout the track gets rougher and steeper. The last few metres to the top of the knoll has chains bolted to the rock to help guide you up. At Wharauroa knoll we stop to enjoy the magnificent views before carrying on over a rough track to Mahaukura lookout, with more stunning views to take in. We return along the same route, stopping for lunch at Wharauroa knoll. Our hike finishes with a warm down and stretch on the informative and beautiful Mangakara Nature trail.

Highlights:
• Hike through mature tawa and kohekohe forest
• Climb a chain ladder up a rocky outcrop
• Enjoy breath taking views over the King Country from the knolls
• Learn about the flora and ecosystems of Pirongia Mountain

  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. A nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Spectacular views and an amazing experience. You couldn’t help but be fully engaged with the natural environment. I came away from the day feeling totally recharged.

Sue

What’s included

  • Healthy snacks for the hike. A recovery snack, along with tea, coffee, or juice at the end of the hike. Nutrient composition of all snacks will be available.
  • Resources to take away: a summary of what we have covered over the course of the day.
  • Hiking poles for the day (optional use)

What to bring:

  • Once your booking is confirmed we will send you a comprehensive list of essentials for the day to ensure your safety.

Other Services

We offer individual health coaching and ongoing support for women in the following areas.

• Staying on track and motivated: goal setting, promoting change, overcoming barriers, and dealing with setbacks.
• Nutrition consultations to provide dietary guidance to support long-term health and physical exercise.
• Exercise training plans for strength, endurance, flexibility, and balance.
• Mindfulness and meditation.

Please contact us for more information.

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