08-Jan-2023 -- This is the only confluence visit during a four-week trip to New Zealand. We landed in Auckland on December 16th 2022 and directly started our hike from the airport. We followed the Te Araroa long distance trail, which goes all the way through both main islands of New Zealand. On our hike, we didn’t come close enough to visit a confluence point. Even if a point is located only 10 km distance from the track, a visit can result in spending a whole day for a single confluence point. But on the way back, we rented a car and payed this confluence point a visit.
We drove to the Whareroa Farm which is located directly at the main road SH1 between Wellington in the south and Palmerston-North to the north. Whareroa Farm has public access. It is now an official recreation reserve with public hiking, biking and horse-riding paths.
The confluence point is 3.5 km from the entrance of the farm. A forestry road with a length of 7 km and a height difference of 400 m leads you to the confluence. The road however is not for public driving. I also didn’t have a bicycle. I simply ran to the point which took me about one hour.
The location of the confluence is somewhat special: almost on top of a mountain and exposed in three directions. Since all the trees have been logged (probably due to a storm that had damaged most of the trees), there are great views into the nearby forested hills.
After altogether 2 hours I was back to our car, where Mangnolia was waiting for my return.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 7 km
- Distance to a track: 100 m
- Time to reach the CP from the road: 1 hour
- Time at the CP: 3:03 PM
- Measured height: 385 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 3 m
- Position accuracy: 5 m
- Topography: hilly
- Vegetation: high grass, fallen trees
- Weather: overcast, 20° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Logged Hill Confluence
The story finishes here. Pictures of our trip will be published here.