Hills Road Walk

I have still got a few posts left in me about my travels at the end of last year – feels odd writing that as I haven’t yet acclimatised to being back in the UK. I keep expecting to see my grandson having breakfast, or being able to go for a walk along a beach. Sigh!

One reason for visiting New Zealand was to meet my son’s partner’s family and in particular, her parents who live in the delightful surfing town of Raglan on the black sands of the west coast of the South Island, about 2 hours south of Auckland. This is the Waikato region; a landscape formed by volcanoes creating a lush, fertile green pastoral heaven. It is no wonder that Peter Jackson picked this region for the home of the Hobbits (Matamata).

Raglan is overlooked by Mount Karioi in the Pirongia forest park, an extinct volcano. Although it would have been amazing to trek into the forest and among the Podocarps, such as rimu and totara which are found at lower altitudes, along with tawa and tree-ferns, the weather was against us, being too wet a lot of the time. I did manage a short walk along Hills Road, where the ‘in-laws’ live, with views towards Mount Karioi and Whaingaroa Harbour. Join me on this walk and enjoy the wonderful views all around in this picturesque part of the country.

Mount Karioi in the background


If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

49 thoughts on “Hills Road Walk”

  1. I love NZ and the Waikato I think of as my spiritual home Jude, I lived so long in that area. Your photos show it in all its beauty.

    1. It is indeed, and a very lovely place to live too! I didn’t get to the South Island, but hope too if I ever get over there again.

      1. It would be well worth it for you. There you’ll find glaciers and fiords and rugged mountains. We visited the South Island on both of our trips, more on the second trip to compensate for our limited time there on the first.

  2. This is so familiar to me. I was born in NZ (Wellington) and when we moved north, I went to high school in Matamata and teachers’ college in Hamilton! I’ve had a number of trips to Raglan in years past, but I expect it has changed a great deal now.

    1. Still has that winding road through the hills to get there! I really like Raglan, it has everything you need in a town.

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