Awesome Walks is an experience you’ll never forget! It’s action meets indulgence in one of the spectacularly beautiful and diverse parts of New Zealand.
Our base is nestled in the heart of the Waitakere Ranges, within 50 minutes drive of central Auckland. From here you have access to an extensive network of walking and tramping tracks.
You’ll spend your first night at our base Wharerangi, and each night thereafter in a traditional Kiwi caravan – self-contained, beautifully refurbished and appointed and set up and ready for you at the end of your days walk.
Irrespective whether you are tackling the Hillary Trail or any one of the other myriad of options, you’ll walk out in the morning with your day-pack only and enjoy the journey to your next planned stop – savour the tranquillity of inland forests, gurgling streams and beautiful waterfalls and the raw power of the spectacular west coast beaches.
When you reach your destination your caravan, personal belongings, delicious food and chilled drinks will be there for you – set up and inviting. All you need to do is relax, unwind and savour the finest produce that our region has to offer. It’s tramping / hiking / walking meets glamping, with all the planning and thinking done for you!
Our season runs from November 1st to April 30th – if you would like to book outside these dates please contact us and we’ll do our best to create a solution for you.
The Waitakere Ranges are criss-crossed by a network of more than 140 tracks that cover a range of habitats from lush native rainforests and scenic coastlines to rocky shores and windswept black-sand beaches. Many rank among the Great Walks in New Zealand. Some are gravel paths or even private roads while some are very basic tramping tracks. Many of these Waitakere walks cross or intersect, giving the flexibility to plan a walk to match your available time, level of experience and stamina.
Your Awesome Walks experience is fully catered. We use locally-sourced fresh produce and ensure you savour a variety of the delicious tastes our region has to offer. All dishes are homemade and, in many cases, home grown in our organic veggie garden. We provide a continental breakfast, provisions for a picnic lunch, morning and afternoon tea and a sumptuous evening meal and dessert.
You are welcome to bring your own alcohol – we also have a selection of local wines and craft beers that you can purchase.
You’ll spend your first night at our base Wharerangi, and each night thereafter in a traditional Kiwi caravan.
The Wharerangi cabins are set in a private bushland retreat where, surrounded by nature, you’ll see native birds like tomtits, tui, grey warbler and native pigeon dart about in the early evening. A pretty stream meanders through the bush nearby. At night you’ll hear the sound of water trickling over the rocks and the morepork calling from the treetops.
Our traditional Kiwi caravans are fully self-contained, beautifully refurbished and appointed with all the comforts so that you can experience the best of New Zealand’s great outdoors while still enjoying a luxury experience.