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All Waitakere track numbers are those given on the 2002 map; when I got round to adding the numbers to the file, the 1996 map was long dead. Almost all of them will be correct anyway, as the numbers are fairly stable.
|South||Omana regional park||Perimeter track||Almost all||2001||January||6||Omana leaflet||N42:538573||Easy path, pleasant views. |
Noisy by the road
Do NOT park in the first car park - too busy.
|South||Omana regional park||track to Te Puru Domain||South corner of perimeter track to domain||2001||January||6||Easy path, noisy, not specially exciting. View of wetlands. |
Perhaps useful way back if you walk across the stream ?.
|South||Awhitu regional park||various||Lookout loop walk, with variations.||2001||January||14||Family Walks - VERY out of date||N47:172312||Pleasant, not demanding.|
The map in Family Walks shows the ground, but is totally inadequate for the paths.
|Waitakere||Piha Road||Upper Huia Dam track||About half way, and back.||2001||February||24||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #133 - but experience doesn't fit the map. The entrance is significantly east of the position on the map.||N42:062489 ? ( See note to left. Also stream names on L&S map differ from those on park map. )||Starts muddy and rooty and steepish. Also routy - not strenuous but scrambling and fords. Track improves when it reaches old tramline.|
|Auckland||Long Bay||Coastal walk||2001||March||3||Long Bay leaflet||N38:265810||Easy. Naked people at Pohutukawa Bay, and scattered elsewhere.|
There's a "loop track" inland from Granny's Bay - possibly back towards Long Bay ?
|Auckland||Long Bay||Back by the sea||2001||March||3||Some paddling at about 2¸ hours after high tide. Somewhat muddy in places, a bit slippery; quite easy, though.|
|North||Orewa||Orewa Estuary||Bridge to Riverside Road||2001||March||10||Rodney Walkways;Hibiscus Coast walkways||N38:215909||Very flat. Pleasant river; a pity about Orewa.|
|North||Orewa||Pohutukawa Reserve||2001||March||10||Rodney Walkways||N38:214908||Mostly grassy, houses not so obtrusive. Pleasant river; a pity about Orewa.|
|North||Orewa||Amorino Reserve||2001||March||10||Rodney Walkways||N38:216909||Short path, then short walk on sand or rocks ( low tide ) to river mouth. Easy; good. You can ignore Orewa.|
|Waitakere||Anawhata Road||Ridge Road Track||2001||March||17||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #5 ( many more wiggles in the road than on the map )||N41:044650||Mostly broad and clear; comparatively level. Probably slippery if wet.|
|Waitakere||Anawhata Road||Browne track||2001||March||17||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #22||N41:042657||Junction with Ridge Road track not marked. Starts level, increasingly steep down to stream - pleasant. Some scrambling. There's a signpost at the end !|
|Hunua||South||Vining track||About 105 minutes - probably at the top, but not at the junction.||2001||March||24||North Island Walkways, p108||N48:745250 ( about )||Very pleasant farmland, streams to ford. Bush track fairly well marked, much of it quite steep : lots of trees, no other view.|
|Waitakere||North||Long Road track||Long Road to Wainamu Bush track; Smythe Ridge track to Long Road.||2001||March||31||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #4||N41:024566 ( about )||Dry this time - still one or two pools, but easy to pass.|
|Waitakere||North||Wainamu Bush track||Long Road track to Smythe Ridge track.||2001||March||31||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #6||Down, then up, both significantly. Straightforward, but would be much harder going if wet. ( Took 1 hour - the map says 2 hours. ). |
Very pleasant walk; tantalising suggestion of view to the right never materialises.
|Waitakere||North||Smythe Ridge track||Wainamu Bush track to Long Road tack.||2001||March||31||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #7||Up and down, but not excessively; occasional views from the high bits. Broad, mostly easy walking. Might be harder if wet.|
|North||Kerr-Taylor Reserve||2001||April||16||Rodney Walkways ( NOT in Forest and Bird book )||N37:018725 ( about )||No information. Entry near north end of bush. We found an 8-shaped walk, well made, very pretty bush, about 45 minutes. |
It says there's a car park 100m north; we didn't find it.
|Waitakere||Anawhata Road||Kuataika Track||Anawhata Road to summit after Kuataika Stream, and back.||2001||April||25||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #8||N41:996509||Broad and well marked. Very steep in places; slightly slippery in dry weather. One significant ford. More views than usual.|
|Waitakere||Anawhata Road||Summit after Kuataika Stream to Kuataika Trig point, and back.||2001||April||25||Waitakere map ( 1996 )||Narrow track to left at obvious high point of path. Well marked, easy, short; excellent views.|
|North||Tawharanui Regional Park||West End track||Road from lagoon - Comet rock - campsite - back to road||2001||September||30||ARC Northern Parks||N34:333184||Well marked, easy; very pretty. The seaside bit is along the sand, not the shore. Short cut back because we misinterpreted Comet Rock as Phoenix Reef.|
|Hunua||West||Lower Mangatawhiri Track||About an hour.||2001||October||13||Hunua Regional park map||N48:654294 ( about )||Through the first gate; bear left up an unmarked track at the second gateway. |
Quite rough; well marked once you get on it, but lots of small-scale up and down, roots, debris, slippery bits. Strenuous. Very few views. Stopped after a bit over an hour at a view to the SW.
|Hunua||West||Private forest road ( probably illegal )||2001||October||13||Over the fence, back by the forest road. Easy walking ( 35 minutes back ), peaceful.|
|North||Wenderholm||Car park to car park round the peninsula||2001||November||10||ARC Northern Parks||N38:227991||Non-challenging.|
|North||Wenderholm||Car park to car park via campsite, Schishka Road, bit of Perimeter Track||2001||November||10||ARC Northern Parks||Non-challenging.|
|Auckland||Mangere Mountain||Car park on Domain Road - through playground, up hill, along ridge to southeast end, back through craters.||2001||November||24||N42:305486?||Pleasant. Very rural in the craters.|
|Auckland||Old Mangere Bridge||Car park at reserve, south end of old bridge; across the bridge and back||2001||November||24||N42:304498||Mildly interesting.|
POSSIBLE to walk back over the footpath on the motorway bridge - should be a better view. ( Didn't notice until too late. )
|Auckland||North Shore||Kauri Point, Centennial Park||Main entrance - Upper entrance ( nearly ) Swamp track - beach - Chelsea||2001||December||22||Kauri Point leaflet; Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet.||N42:232639||Still good. Some steep bits. Quite dry, though the weather has been fairly wet.|
|Auckland||North Shore||Chelsea sugar works||Centennial Park - Less LOST||2001||December||22||Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet, but not satisfactory.||Tried to infer the way back from pages 5 and 9; but found no path from Colonial Road.|