On Sunday me and my mate got up early and drove out to near Raglan to go on a walk in preparation for the Tongariro Crossing. The trail is called the Pipiwharauroa Walking and Biking Trail. It is at the turn off for Bridal Veil Falls and you just follow the road until the end. The walk is about 18km so takes about 2 hours each way. We were the only ones in the carpark, and only saw two cyclists! We were really surprised as we thought it would be quite popular.
We had snacks packed and lots of water, and make sure you put on sunscreen as you are in the sun pretty much the whole track and we both ended up getting a bit burnt after missing spots and maybe not putting any on….
The walk isn’t very steep, more at a continued incline. It varies between walking on gravel and on grass. Not ideal if you have kids in prams as it is a long walk, but also you have to climb over fences at different parts and the ground is uneven.
We wanted to do this walk as it walks up to the Windmills (if you know Raglan area, you will have seen them in the distance), and we got to get right up close and get views out across the country side with 360 degree views, and saw out to the coast side where Kawhia harbour is.
Definitely a leisurely walk for those that are fit in general, we didn’t feel like we couldn’t have gone further at the end. Was so peaceful as no-one was around, great views, and good to get out in some fresh air to end the weekend.
Let me know below if your in the area and which walks are your favourite as we are going to be checking out other ones.
Until next time x