A tramping question from a semi-long term Aucklander
Also, as I don't own a car nor do I even drive (I'm a former New Yorker, lol) are there any tracks that are totally inaccessible by public transit that I should know about?
The Milford, Routeburn, and Kepler are all very close, and the Routeburn (at the least) has sections that you can take for day hikes or shorter trips. I wouldn't do these back to back, but you may be able to do one and then portions of another after a day or two. My personal goal is to hike the Abel Tasman (which I've already done), the Routeburn, Kepler track, Milford track, and Tongariro, plus some of the many other walks across the country. There are alot of smaller hikes in your area, so you should check those out as well.
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This way you won't have to worry about transport, yay! And you'll get to see heaps of stuff you wouldn't have otherwise found by yourself, AND you'll meet some new peeps.
There are quite a few tracks in the Tongariro park, and the great walk is a few days long. I've done a three day one, but it wasn't a loop, and nowhere near as scenic as the one dayer I did (still really freaking cool though).
Looking at the little map on the DoC site the day walk is from Mangatepopo to Ketetahi and out through Ketetahi hut track.
The three day one I did (it was a while ago, I can't remember exactly) was (I think) from Mangatepopo to Whakapapa out to Waihohonu then onto the state highway (east). It was pretty easy going, 4 hours on the first day, and 6 hours each day on the second two days. Although the end bit was pretty easy, all flat.
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