The European settlers made war on the indigenous population to secure more land. A walk along the main North-South Highway ( Highway One ) closely follows the British Army's route and the main areas where the Maori made a stand. Along the route are numerous mile markers and magnificent Maori fortifications. While it is a busy highway it is an interesting walk taking anything from 5 to 10 days. Auckland to Hamilton is 127 kilometers.
- Best bit: Climbing the farmland to discover where cannons were sited to bombard the Maori fortifications.
- Worst bit: Lack of clean rivers to drink from
- Scariest Bit: The semi trailers (large lorries screaming along at high speed)
|Location||Auckland to Hamilton|
|Date walked||Autumn 1999|
|Walk type||Longer Walks and Treks|
|Difficulty||requires a reasonably good level of fitness and strong footwear|
|Time taken||5 day(s) 0 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||Historical map showing battle sites|
|Walk source info||Library|
|Places to stay||Tent. Motels available for the soft asses|
|Other features||The countryside, the wild broad Waikato river. 5 fays in total!|