bigpaul

A tramper since very young I stopped for a number of years as life commitments were pressing. The kids leaving home and a very understanding wife mean I can get out and about again. Currently walking with my now retired brother and often solo I have made my way through North Island Weekend Tramps and am now walking the main ranges and forest parks of the North Island for between 2 and 3 days each month. The preference at this point is for a mixture of bush and tops. Mountain climbing and snow caves in a storm where done 40 years ago and don't hold the same attraction. Employed by Tristam European and living on Auckland' s North Shore.

Sparrowhawk Biv Barlow hut loop

Sparrowhawk Biv Barlow hut loop

A good solid Ruahine climb to a 3 person biv well situated with a great views, Tops travel then a quick 800 metre descent to a trout filled river and an 8 bunk hut   More ▶︎
Zekes hut Hihitahi reserve

Zekes hut Hihitahi reserve

Visit a newish 4 bunk hut in the Hihitahi reserve central north island. 2.5 to 3hours in this hut is worth a visit for the Dawn chorus alone abundant bird life a result of careful management   More ▶︎
Southern Crossing of the Ruahines

Southern Crossing of the Ruahines

A track and river route crossing of the Lower Ruahine Forest park   More ▶︎
Waiomu Kauri grove and Crosbies hut

Waiomu Kauri grove and Crosbies hut

A long day or overnight trip through regenerating forest with some nice examples of young Kauri to the top of the Coromandle range and a brand new state of the art hut.   More ▶︎
Longview Makaretu Awatere Circuit

Longview Makaretu Awatere Circuit

2 Day circuit in the Ruahine Forrest park from Moorcock Saddle 3 huts some tops bush and river travel.   More ▶︎
Makaretu

Makaretu

8 Bunk hut Southern branch Makaretuu river. Visit as part of a circuit from moorcock saddle including Longview and Awatere huts   More ▶︎
Whakapapaiti

Whakapapaiti

18 Bunk hut 2.5hrs from Whakapapa Village   More ▶︎
Purity Mangaweka Kelly Night loop

Purity Mangaweka Kelly Night loop

Two huts, open tops, fantastic views on a fine day typical Ruahine travel.   More ▶︎

Auckland Coast to Coast

A day walk in an urban jungle Surpriseingly interesting with more wildlife than I have seen in many New Zealand Forests   More ▶︎
Upper Whirinaki Loop

Upper Whirinaki Loop

An Easy two day loop in the Whirinaki Forest park   More ▶︎
Ballard Hut Loop

Ballard Hut Loop

A two day walk including open tops and Beach forest to visit a pleasant hut in the Kaweka forest park.   More ▶︎
Kaweka Flats Biv

Kaweka Flats Biv

A two bunk biv about 1.5hrs from Makahu Saddle Carpark   More ▶︎
  • bigpaulbigpaul discussed 14 April 201414 April 2014.
    what would i give to solve this problem. 6 hours or so in and i go through some serious bouts ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul updated the hut, Kiritaki Hut / Keretaki Hut / Seamac Motel 19 January 201419 January 2014.
    added time from fairbrother road
  • bigpaulbigpaul updated the track, Longview Makaretu Awatere Circuit 21 March 201321 March 2013.
    description addition
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Ruahine travel 19 March 201319 March 2013.
    A quick scramble over Maropea
  • bigpaulbigpaul updated the track, Sparrowhawk Biv Barlow hut loop 17 March 201317 March 2013.
    added link
  • bigpaulbigpaul discussed 13 March 201313 March 2013.
    Really enjoyed our first walk out here just before Christmas looking forward to further excursions this year
  • bigpaulbigpaul updated the photograph, And then it turned cold and windy 18 October 201218 October 2012.
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  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Ruahine tops on a fine day Magic 14 October 201214 October 2012.
    Sign post to Mckinnon with a perfect backdrop
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Mckinnon Hut 14 October 201214 October 2012.
    6 bunk hut in the Ruahines
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, A bit of light entertainment at the start of a walk 14 October 201214 October 2012.
    Cage over the Kawhatau river
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Kawhatau Cage 14 October 201214 October 2012.
    Just enough room for me and a quick journey across the Kawhatau river
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on the hut, McKinnon Hut 13 October 201213 October 2012.
    The track from Kawhatau base to the tops has been recently cleared though the 700 metre slog is still the ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on the track, Thompson's Track to Kauritatahi Track 9 September 20129 September 2012.
    Puketutu to Kaurititahi is very overgrown wet and historich its a solid days march. Kaurititahi to uplands road is a ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Te Whiti hut 18 August 201218 August 2012.
    6 bunk hut in the Urutawa Conservancy
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Te Whiti hut 18 August 201218 August 2012.
    6 bunk hut in the Urutawa Conservancy
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Pakihi hut 18 August 201218 August 2012.
    6 bunk hut in the Urutawa Conservancy
  • bigpaulbigpaul discussed RE: man who was missing in hunuas several days ... 1 August 20121 August 2012.
    Its a pity that papers are sold by sensationalism as the moment public attention shifts (and that lasts about 12 ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul updated the photograph, Another thursday night at the head of a track 10 July 201210 July 2012.
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  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on the track, Round the Mountain: Taranaki 7 July 20127 July 2012.
    Completed this in two stages well worth the time some great views on a good day though the weather is ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on the hut, Kahui Hut 7 July 20127 July 2012.
    cold place no fire stopped for lunch on a wet and windy day with the odd snow flurry. didn't inspire
  • bigpaulbigpaul updated the track, Ballard Hut Loop 24 June 201224 June 2012.
    amended locations
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on the hut, Zeke's Hut 26 May 201226 May 2012.
    Vermin control has benefited this area the bird life is amazing flocks of riflemen swaying down the tree's bands of ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul discussed RE: Boot brands 1 May 20121 May 2012.
    I have a pair of Meindl Tufana which have served me well but even those present the odd problem as ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on oldbooks4u1'soldbooks4u1's photograph, In and around the Pahautea Hut Pirongia 2012 6 April 20126 April 2012.
    now this I know is over kill.
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on oldbooks4u1'soldbooks4u1's photograph, Pahautea Hutt 2012 6 April 20126 April 2012.
    Doesn't look that way just the removal of a useful lean-to this hut could do with a fire it does ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul updated the photograph, Southern Crossing Tararuas 21 March 201221 March 2012.
    added tags
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Kamais Ladders 18 March 201218 March 2012.
    Between the Tauhu track and Motutapere hut not quite the Tararua peaks but interesting enough climb over the volcanic plugs
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on mantis'smantis's photograph, Te Atuaoparapara 28 February 201228 February 2012.
    I have only ever seen this side in high wind gets really interesting towards the top when its blowing.
  • bigpaulbigpaul commented on madpom'smadpom's photograph, Lake Ferry from Papatahi Crossing 13 February 201213 February 2012.
    that brings back memories i culled goats in here during the seventies and i can remember many views jus like ...
  • bigpaulbigpaul added the photograph, Ketetahi Hut 8 January 20128 January 2012.
    A modern great walk hut part of the Tongariro alpine crossing. A great place for and easy uncomplicated night out. ...
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