Day 1—The flats to the farm
Start: Kaipara Flats Village
Finish: Dills Farm Hut, Kaipara Hills
Length: 12.15km: 5 – 7 hours
Degree of difficulty: moderate. A good fitness level required
Terrain: rolling farmland, forestry tracks, some steep hills. Track is mostly unformed with steep, rough and/or muddy sections.
You will be collected from Mataia Homestead at 8:30am and transported to Kaipara Flats Village, halfway between the east & west coasts of the Rodney District.
The track winds up the Kaipara Hills through exotic and native bush, emerging into pasturelands flanked by regenerating native bush. You pass onto the Dill family farm leading down to the mighty Hoteo River.
The original farm has been in the Dill family for 5 generations. Each generation has added to the farm which is now a 490 hectare working farm running 4300 sheep and beef stock units.
After a day's walk everything has twice its usual value.
- George Macauley Trevelyan