A Hike In The Hunua Ranges

Another wonderful Tuesday came by a few weeks ago (which is currently, my only day off), and it was not going to be wasted. We had a choice of either going hiking or taking a long trip to check out Hobbitton, but after reading that it is $75 for a 90 minute guided tour, we opted to hike.

Hunua Ranges

The Hunua Ranges is a huge park in the greater Auckland area about an hour south east of the city center. Since we were pretty impressed by Piha, we decided to give it a try! The first thing to know is that it is massive, with quite a few entry points and hiking trails. Since Sid and I are both grossly out of shape not at the zenith of our form, we went with the easy one to a 23 meter waterfall.

Hunua Waterfall

After hanging out for a bit in the picnic area, we decided to take the longer hike to the nearby damn. The entire loop is supposed to take three hours which turned out to be about right. One interesting thing about this area is that 20% of all plant species in New Zealand are found here.

Hunua Ranges 3

The hike was full of greens. It reminded me a lot about our hike in Koyasan in Japan. Not quite as bright, eerie, or historic, but still quite interesting. There was the initial bridge that overlooks the river formed by the waterfall.

Hunua Ranges Bridge

Another river you have to cross.

River in Hunua Ranges

Some pretty interesting trees.

Ferns in Hunua Ranges

And finally you arrive at the reservoir.

Hunua Ranges Dam

It wouldn’t be New Zealand without a crap load of sheep though.

Sheep in Hunua Ranges

There were also some cool plants

Plants in Hunua Ranges

and flowers

Purple Flowers Hunua Ranges

that made the walk very enjoyable. One interesting thing we came across were some eggs which are probably part of some breeding program in the region.

No I didn't touch it.
No I didn’t touch it.

We did notice some large native birds, but they were too far away to get a decent picture. I didn’t even bother and just took it in with my eyes.

Towards the end, Sidney’s leg was cramping up and my knees were giving out. We’re getting old! Nah, we just need to get out and do some exercise more often. I hope we have the time (AND MONEY) to do some more cool stuff during our working holiday here. New Zealand has quite a lot to offer, if you have the money for it!

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