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Got To Get Out Next level - Harder Hikes: Whangarei, Te Whara Track

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159 Ponsonby Road

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Join us to Bream Head Scenic Reserve hiking Te Whara Track!

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Have you #gottogetout on a harder 'next level' adventure?

This is our THIRD 'harder hike'. This trip will be made up of half male half female, and this time we are staying overnight in an amazing camp ground because it's a long drive from Auckland.

Who is this for?

Have you already done a number of hikes with Got To Get Out (or on your own) but want to push yourself a bit harder, longer, faster than usual?

Who is guiding?

Got To Get Out group founder Robert Bruce (NZOIA bush trained guide, Peak Outdoors first aid trained, New Zealander of the Year semi-finalist) is guiding this series of 'harder faster longer' Next Level Adventures.

Details below.

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Where?

For our third mission, we're going north up to Te Whara Track in Whangarei.

Read about the track here: https://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/northland/places/whangarei-heads-area/things-to-do/te-whara-track/

We will be leaving Auckland early Saturday morning, after a 3 hours drive to Whangarei we will drop off our bags and food at our accommodation and get changed before heading over to the track start.

The track is quite hard 5-6 hour there-and-back. It involves steep ascents, stunning views from narrow pinnacles, bush, and then a descent down to the beach.

Accom:

Our lodge has space for 15 guests in bunk beds (3 rooms), a fully equipped kitchen, two bathrooms, two toilets and a big deck outside with an amazing sea view.

*Optional, bring a tent - though price is the same*

Saturday evening we have dinner together with potluck from everyone in the group, and reflect on the day.

Sunday morning we wake up and have breakfast before together cleaning the lodge, we will leave it just as clean as we got it the previous day. Pack up and drive back to Auckland.

Saturday 21st November:

6am - meet outside Archie Cafe in Ponsonby

6:15am - Depart Auckland

9:15 - Arrival at our lodge - drop off bags and get changed

9:45 - Drive to track start - Ocean Beach Car Park (Ranui Road)

10am - Start the hike

4pm - Finish hike and drive back to our lodge

Evening shared dinner

Sunday 22nd November:

11am - pack up and drive back to Auckland

ABOUT HIKE

The Te Whara track follows an ancient Māori trail from Ocean Beach to Urquharts Bay. This track is believed to be at least 700 years old and is part of the Te Araroa Trail.

The track passes through some of the best coastal forest in the North Island. The first bit of the track goes up hill 476m to the the Te Whara/Bream Head summit passing the ruins of a WWII radar station along the way. After the climb, enjoy the incredible panorama at the summit, take in views of Cape Brett (Motukokako) in the north to Cape Rodney (Tawharanui) in the south, as well as the Poor Knights islands Tawhiti Rahi and Aorangi, Taranga and Marotere Islands in the Hen and Chickens Islands group, with Te Hauturu-o-Toi/Little Barrier and Great Barrier/Aotea Island in the far east.

Once you've climbed up onto the ridge, the track becomes undulating and relatively easy-going. The last bit of the track is downhill and we will finish off with a rest or a swim at the crystal white Smugglers bay beach.

NOTE: This is an intermediate track with a LOT of uphill, so a good fitness is required.

You will be hiking approx 6 hours on this day.

The rules:

- You need to have done several hikes before: Photo proof may be requested.

- Good quality boots / grippy footwear essential, these will be checked pre-departure. Ankle support / warmth / grip needed,

- Good quality backpack and gear (light weight gear recommended)

- Essential is your own emergency blanket, whistle, food, torch (cheap from most stores).

- PLB a good idea though Rob has his. Minimal phone service.

- Your own food for day (+ something small to share)

Extra:

- You should be self-sustaining, have your own gear and know how to use it,

- It's a good idea to have your own map, checked weather.

- Sorry not dog friendly

- Adults only: over 20

- Half and half male female tickets.

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Note: yes this is a guided trip but is a collective experience with everyone 'pulling their weight' and helping to finish. We are in it together. This is great team building.

Rob your guide will have;

- emergency comms

- first aid and training, including some emergency food

- maps

- vehicle to and from (bus) and all driving

- concession to be legally hiking on this land

- emergency training

- Great chat, stories of Nepal, and maybe some inspiration!

Your fee covers;

- Transport and guiding

- Hike One Give One (we will take out a kid in need another day)

- Support of Got To Get Out.

So then, who's #gottogetout NEXT LEVEL?

JOIN US!

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