The Hillary Trail
A multi-day tramp through the Waitakere’s “Call me biased but the Hillary Trail is one of the finest tramping experiences in New Zealand” says Peter Hillary – left with National Geographic featuring his father Sir Edmund Hillary.
Edmund Hillary was the first living New Zealand to appear on a note – the NZ $5 note.
Upon his death Claire Harvey wrote, “Sir Ed was everything a good bastard ought to be – modest and humorous, brave and compassionate, and just grouchy enough to remind us he never sought, nor particularly enjoyed, adulation“.
Ten trips in the Waitakere Ranges the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park is the jewel in the city’s impressive park network. At 17,000ha and with more than 250km of tracks, numerous waterfalls, kauri forests and a recovering native bird population, it has something for everyone, including easy walks of a few minutes right up to the 76km multiday Hillary Trail. Read Alistair Hall’s full article
To follow in the footsteps of our most famous explorer, just head west, writes Sarah Ell. By Sarah Daniell
The Hillary Trail offers action and adventure on Auckland’s back doorstep – and it’s accessible by public transport.
The trail was set up in the late 2000s by the then Auckland Regional Council, bringing a network of tracks through the Waitakere Ranges into a cohesive pathway.
The entire trail is 77km long and is designed to take four to six days, but walkers can take on sections as day tramps, or just have a single night away in the bush.
The trail is named after Hillary as he used to go to the rugged hills and beaches of the Waitakere Ranges to plan and prepare for his great overseas expeditions. Read the full article in the NZ Herald