Hike of the Week

Bell Rock Loop Track lies nestled in an isolated spot about an hour north of Napier.

Hike through bush before reaching open farmland and the massive, imposing bell rock itself. 

Looming over the landscape it sits in its little patch exposed to the elements, this day, bright sunshine. 

Photo of the Moment

Something tells me that there had been a bit of rain recently. Many slips were evident on the track but all were easily navigable. Luckily, coz I didn’t want to turn around again after coming all the way out. 

This picturesque bridge allows access to a number of hikes including Iron Gate Hut, Tunupo, Alice Nash Memorial Heritage Hut and Stoat Traps Track

Hiking Hack of the Moment

How many times have you heard the saying, ‘Take only photographs, leave only footprints’? I grew up hearing this phrase and repeat it to my children often. But, what does it mean? At the core, it is the practices that everyone should follow to enjoy and protect our natural land. This is very similar to the Leave no Trace principles. Leave no Trace is something that everyone who uses and enjoys the outdoors should be aware of.

Spotlight on New Zealand

Coromandel Peninsula is located in the North Island of New Zealand. It is close to Auckland and Tauranga but it is relatively isolated due to its rugged nature. The Coromandel Peninsula is known for its laid-back lifestyle, spectacular beaches and temperate rainforest. Running through the Peninsula is the Coromandel Range making for a windy, often desolate drive.

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