Mt Hobson via Windy Canyon

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Dr_Abby
Dunedin, New Zealand146 contributions
Dec 2021
Terrific views, well-maintained track. But an awful lot of stairs! Bring a picnic and plenty of water.
Written 5 January 2022
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Bri
Masterton, New Zealand26 contributions
Jan 2021
Well worth the effort to see the amazing views. The tracks are very well done and built in steps make up a lot of the steeper parts. Some of these are narrow and a bit trickier to navigate coming down, may not be ideal for those with koi bad knees. Lots of opportunity for stunning photos.
Recommend taking water and a backpack (potentially some snacks as well). Also going earlier or later in the day when it’s cooler as a large portion of the track is exposed with lower growing scrub so little to no shade.
Written 7 January 2021
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Maree R
Christchurch, New Zealand798 contributions
Dec 2020
Unfit but determined, I managed to make my way up. I did huff and puff but I had the walk to myself and the views on the way up and at the top were well worth the effort. It really is a must do while on the island.
Written 15 December 2020
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Kate H
Cambridge, New Zealand137 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Windy Canyon is a short walk from the road, though there are a number of steep steps in places. But it is totally worth the journey, to see rock formations and astonishing views.
We didn't go on to Mt Hobson - that is a much longer hike and requires significant fitness levels.
Written 7 October 2020
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Nicola W
Auckland, New Zealand200 contributions
Sep 2020
Quite steep to get to but worth the views. At the time we went we were the only people there which I think made it even more perfect.
Written 13 September 2020
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Craig P
Napier, New Zealand16 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Our group wanted some views without going right up My Hobson, so we just walked up Windy Canyon. A very unique walk, with great Flora, slot of steps and we'll kept walkways and plenty of cicada noise! No clear "lookout" spot but great views in all directions. Well worth the short dive to the carpark and good scenery on the way.
Written 25 February 2020
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Graham Roberts
Auckland, New Zealand137 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Starting on Aotea Road and ending in Port Fitzroy this is a cool hike. Take in all the volcanic formations, old Kauri dams and great native bush on a very well maintained track. Took me around 4 hours
Written 11 January 2020
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HKinsey
Paraparaumu, New Zealand739 contributions
Dec 2019
This is a challenging, varied walk, not for the unfit or faint-hearted.
But if you are able to do it, the views at the top are outstanding
Written 23 December 2019
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Jenny E
Tauranga, New Zealand87 contributions
Oct 2019
We left our car at the 'crossroads' at 0830 and hitched a ride to the start of the Windy Canyon walk. We only walked for about 5 minutes before being picked up by a local nurse on her way to Port Fitzroy. It was a lovely Friday and we had the walk almost to ourselves. Spectacular views everywhere, it's a walk anyone with moderate fitness can do as long as you don't mind walking up lots of steps! We ate our lunch at Mount Heale Hut, then leisurely wandered our way out to Kaitoke Hot Springs to finish around 3pm with a soak. Again, we were the only ones around - the benefit of visiting before the tourist season. Once back onto the Whangaparapara Road, we started walking with our thumbs at the ready, towards our vehicle at the crossroads . NO-ONE came along, so we ended up walking the last bit as well - an extra 30 minutes. I guess we got back to the car about 4pm after a lovely day out.
Written 11 December 2019
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EBloem
Ohakune, New Zealand134 contributions
May 2019 • Couples
This review relates to a 58 and 64 year old with above average fitness and used to walking in mountains .
The hike is only 7.5km return but it took us 3 5hrs to complete .The path is extremely well maintained for 70pct And they are still working on new sections as we walked it .Apart from one scary slippery rocky section where we needed hands and feet to crawl up it is not a technical difficult walk.Endless number of stairs to climb through out the walk.So as an older couple we made .Sturdy hiking boots are recommended.The view at the top makes it all worthwhile

Written 23 May 2019
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