Te Paki Trail Hiking: South from Tapotupotu Camping Area

After a good night’s rest underneath the Milk Way at Tapotupotu Camping Area we were ready for adventure.  Once we finished breakfast we started on our first hike of the day.  We planned about a three-hour expedition to see how far we could get on the Te Paki Trail heading out on the south part of the trail from camp.

Hike Details

We hiked a little over 2 miles before heading back to camp for lunch.  Seen in the map below the yellow markers indicate our outward leg, and then the blue markers are the mile markers one the way back.  The light green markers are areas where you can zoom in, grab the Google Man, and blue hot spots of photo-spheres will appear.  Drop him on a blue sphere to enjoy some of the 360 degree views along the trail.

In total our out and back trip was 4.5 miles long, took a little under 3 hours, and we tackled an elevation gain of just under 1,400 feet.  We could have accomplished the hike in less time, but we were stopping for frequent breaks to take in the amazing scenery.  This trail is in a remote area, and does not have any access to fresh water or bathroom facilities.  The part of the trail we explored did not offer much shielding from exposure to the elements if the weather was to turn bad. Make sure to plan ahead and be prepared before heading out on the Te Paki Trail.

Click on the markers for more detail, or zoom out to see our hike in the context of a larger picture.  You can also drag the little Google Man and some of the 360 Degree Photos I have added to Google Street View will show up.  You may have to zoom in a little bit to see the blue dots where you can drop the Google Man.

360 Degree Video

Using my Garmin Virb 360 I captured the outbound section of our hike.  It was about 90 minutes of hiking, and I compressed it into a 20 minute video.  I elected to keep the entire outward hike so you can explore any part of the trail.  Feel free to skip around, or watch in its entirety to see the amazing sites we enjoyed.  Sorry about the rain spots on the lens, as you watch glance at the clouds and see how the rain showers would come and go so often it was impossible to keep the lens clean.

More New Zealand

If you have not already, or need another look, check out our Northern New Zealand Itinerary, and the collection of our favorite pictures from the trip.  Review our other trips, and photos and get to planning your next adventure.  After all we all only get one trip around this rock, might as well try to see all of it!

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