First we travel to Taupiri Mountain (New location for our club!) and climb through the bush to the summit. Great views which include the Wind Farm near Raglan. Back down another track which takes about an hour. These tracks are away from the sacred burial grounds. Aficionados of ramshackle, corrugated iron farmyards filled with happy animals. There is also a lovely green wharenui. Then 15 minutes drive to the Kauri Loop Track on the other side of the river. Clean boots for this please. This track takes two hours or so and includes two lookouts over the Waikato and many, many, many steps. Caution! Do not read the sign at the start telling you how many steps there are. It’s actually quite an easy walk, popular with the Waikato locals. Bags of gravel may be waiting to be carried. Then to the cafe at Mercer and home.