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Hakarimata's a Honey

Written by Stephanie on January 11th, 2017.      0 comments

With summer here it is a great time to share some special Waikato spots we have found in the areas where our honeys are harvested.  Last but certainly not least is Hakarimata!  Hakarimata Scenic Reserve is the range of hills running alongside Ngaruawahia, it's a great place to see Kauri and enjoy a walk or tramp through native bush.  Here's some great walks in the reserve:
 

Hakarimata Rail Trail

This is a great track for a family walk or cycle and follows the former Ngaruawahia / Glen Massey railway to attractive stream cascades.  It is about 30 minutes one way.  Get more detail on this walk.
 

Kauri Loop Track

This well formed track offers spectacular views, beautiful bush and one of the largest Kauri trees in the Waikato.  This is a one hour walk.  Get more detail on this walk.

 

Waterworks Walk - Hakarimata Dam

This lovely walk passes through attractive native bush, alongside a stream to the old Hakarimata dam.  This is a three hour loop track.  Get more detail on this walk.

Hakarimata Summit Track
The track climbs to the summit of Hakarimata (374 metres).   At the the top you get good views of the coast, across the Waikato Basin and down to Ruapehu.  This is a three hour return trip.  Get more detail on this walk.  , Beware there are 1349 steps and it's a very popular spot for people wanting to get fit!

Hakarimata Walkway
If you are wanting a longer tramp this is the one for you!  Walk the length of the Hakarimata Range and enjoy excellent views towards the coast and across the Waikato Basin.  This is an advanced walk that takes around 7 1/2 hours to complete.  Get more detail on this walk.

Check out this 
great guide to walks in the Hakarimata area.
 

Hakarimata view   hakarimat waterway   Hakarimata steps



Hakarimata Area:
There is much to see and do in the area, including:
Much of this information and more is found on the Department of Conservation Website, check it to plan your weekend get aways.

Purchase Hakarimata Honey here!  Please note not all our honey varieties are available all the time.
 
Topics: Waikato
 

Idyllic Ohui

Written by Stephanie on January 3rd, 2017.      0 comments

We have been sharing some special spots we have found in the areas where our honeys are harvested, todays area is a magic spot in its own right!  Ohui is nestled between Pauanui and Whangamata, on the eastern side of the Coromandel Peninsula, right next to Opoutere.  Ohui means 'place of meeting', so why not meet some friends there and check out the area!  

The Ohui / Opoutere area is truly an idyllic spot to get away from it all!  With a beautiful isolated white sandy beach and calm estuary there is endless fun (and/or relaxing) to be had!  Some activities you can enjoy in the area are:
  • Swimming at the beach or estuary
  • Surfing
  • Snorkling in the estuary or around Hikunui Island
  • Kayaking in the calm estuary
  • Fishing via boat or surf casting
  • Playing in the rock pools at Ohui (northern) end of the beach
  • There are many walks to enjoy such as:
    • Historic mining sites such as Phoenix and Luck at Last goldmines
    • Maungaruawahine Pa hill gives wonderful views of the harbour, sandpit and outlying islands as well as Ruahiwiwi Point Pa.  From Opoutere Road follow native bush to the top of the hill, from there you can see see stone ramparts that formed part of the Maori fortifications
    • On your way back home Wentworth Falls is worth a visit if you feel like a 2 1/2 hour walk
  • Mountain biking
  • The sand spit is a breeding ground for endangered native birds, so the perfect place for bird watching
  • Relax with a book under a tree or on the beach!  

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Photo by Ayden Evelyn

A great location to stay is the  Opoutere Coastal Camp Ground, it borders the forest that leads to Opoutere beach.  


Purchase Ohui Manuka Honey here!  Please note not all our honey varieties are available all the time.
Topics: , Waikato
 
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