On a cool winter's day a trip to the Redwoods is a real great way to lift the spirits and get some quality walking into the weekend exercise program.
Rob, Robyn Sarah and yours T' took on the challenge of the purple track which is about 12 k long and took us just over 2 hours. There is a nice climb to over 500m and then a wide variety of tracks through bush, pine forest and cleared areas (shown). At the start of the walk and at the finish you walk through the proud and pristine Redwood pines. Beautiful.
Shame that when we got back into the car Rob said I can smell dog s*it! To my horror the thought of this on the mats of the new car got my entire attention. As luck would have it the guilty material was on Rob's shoe and not yet ingrained into the nice new mat.
Now the walk is not your hard out tramp but well worth the drive from Tauranga. If you have the time the longer walk might be worth the effort. The link takes you to the web page of the Taupo tramping club where they talk about these walks.