Hunua Ranges

Finally seeing some sunshine, on the last day of the three day weekend, we decided to head out to the Hunua Ranges for an exploratory day walk.

Situated approximately 40 minutes from central Auckland, the Hunua Ranges are an easy drive away, and a gateway to a number of multi-day tramps.

We did the Massey Wairoa-Cosseys loop track, a well-maintained track taking in a range of scenic delights, including waterfalls, streams, dams and typical NZ bush and wildlife. It’s a nice alternative to the Waitakere Ranges.

IMG_1725.jpgBut, it seems that most of Auckland thought the same. I’m guessing that the Air New Zealand in-flight magazine, a column in the NZ Herald, or maybe even a more widely-read blogger wrote a detailed article on the walk. It was busy, and you could be mistaken for thinking you were hiking in Europe.

And it seems this was an issue that irritated at least one fellow walker.

As our paths crossed, we responded with our special friendly ‘hello’, reserved only for walking in the bush (and not down Queen St). But, suffering from people-phobia, this fellow only managed to grunt “I came here to get away from all these people”.

Poor chap, maybe he should try walking the Tongariro Crossing?

The Wairoa-Cosseys loop track takes walkers past the Hunua Falls, over a ridge, through a kauri grove, heads back down to the dam, before returning to the car park. It’s around three hours return, and there are several nice picnic spots (with tables and seating) at the half-way mark by the dam.

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And despite the large number of other walkers also enjoying the area, it’s still a great little day trip.

On the drive back to the city, we cunningly lured Dave back to our place with the promise of refreshing home-brewed ginger beer, before utilizing his UNIX guru services to sort out some mysterious networking issues. True to form, Dave sudo-ed, vi-ed, /init.d/’d, and apt-getted, and it now all works.* Although apparently I need to upgrade from Ubuntu to Suse.

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*Not quite brave enough to fully embrace Linux, we run a mash of Windows and Unix operating systems, which results in the challenging task of encouraging all computers to be civil and talk to each other. Our Windows machines were the friendliest, happily talking to each other, and even chatting with the Linux boxes. However the two Linux machines would talk to the Windows machines only under duress, and downright refused to even acknowledge each other’s existence. Even a simple ping was asking too much. The problem, it turns out, was in /etc/smb.conf, which was configured with the wrong workgroup and didn’t have WINS enabled.

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