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|Auckland||Long Bay||Coastal walk||Car park to Granny's Bay||2005||January||3||Long Bay leaflet; Family Walks ( Older; clearer map )||N38:265810||Easy.|
|Auckland||Long Bay||Granny's Bay "loop track"||2005||January||3||Goes into "rectangular" farm section behind Granny's Bay. Small notice by stile through fence by boundary fence; NOT clearly marked. A mown path almost to the back fence, then round and back by the northern stream ( "Family Walks" map ) to Granny's Bay beach. Pleasant.|
|Auckland||Long Bay||Beach||Back to Long Bay||2005||January||3||Beachy.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Heritage trail||Army Bay carpark to Lookout track.||2005||January||22||Shakespear Regional Park leaflet 2005||N38:326907||Past the duck pond.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Lookout track||Heritage trail via lookout to Te Haruhi Bay ( almost ); cut across to woodshed from lower gate.||2005||January||22||Shakespear Regional Park leaflet 2005||Comfortable.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Unnamed track ( "Lookout Track" on older map. )||Woolshed to road.||2005||January||22||Shakespear Regional Park leaflet 2005||Better than the road.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Road||Unnamed track to Heritage Trail.||2005||January||22||Shakespear Regional Park leaflet 2005||Road. ( That's the second crossing of the Heritage Trail, nearer the road end. )|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Heritage Trail||Road to Duck Pond||2005||January||22||Shakespear Regional Park leaflet 2005|
|Waitakere||Henderson Valley||Ferndown Track||Opanuku Road to Taumata Track||2005||March||5||Waitakere map 2002 #127; Hema Waitakere Ranges map; Waitakere Walks ( new )||HWR:511748||Broad track, gentle grade.
No sign of the "two new tracks" foreseen in Waitakere Walks ( new ).
The "chains" map shows the Ferndown track as a loop, including most of the present track ( Grassmere Road almost to Parekura stream ) and a return to Grassmere Road between the present track and the stream; it's described as "mostly old bulldozed sledge track", so perhaps it's still there The connection to the Taumata Track is mentioned in passing.
|Taumata Track||Parekura peak and back again||2005||March||5||Waitakere map 2002 #46; Hema Waitakere Ranges map; Waitakere Walks ( new )||Steep in places ( some steps, not all in good condition ); fairly dry when we went, but obviously gets very muddy.
A spectacular view when you get there - very unusual for the Waitakeres.
|Waitakere||Henderson Valley||Ferndown Track||Taumata Track to Grassmere Road ( almost ), then back to Opanuku Road||2005||March||5||Waitakere map 2002 #127; Hema Waitakere Ranges map; Waitakere Walks ( new )||Broad track, gentle grades. Very pretty in places; the Parekura Stream looks much better in bright sunlight than under cloud.
The bridge mentioned in Waitakere Walks ( new ) is now an easy ford ( - in dryish weather, anyway ).
|Waitakere||Huia||Huia Dam Road||Huia Road to Smith's Road ( and back )||2005||April||16||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #63; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||HWR:498660||Easy; essentially a road.|
( called "Smith's Creek pipe track" on Waitakere map "chains" )
|to the end ( and back )||2005||April||16||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #53; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||A pretty road, uphill but easy walking.
In the higher part, there's a very deep and steep valley to the south side; at the end, there's a small waterfall, and some curious, and leaky, hydraulic engineering where the large water supply pipe comes out of the hill - the note on the map says it's a "pipe tunnel" ( - to Nihotupu Road, according to the Hema map and "chains" ).
|Auckland||North Shore||Kauri Point Domain||Road end to beach||2005||April||25||Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet||N42:220649||Very scenic ( in sunlight ).|
|On beach, south to the next bay, and back||2005||April||25||Exploration||A bit muddy in places; a pleasant walk, pretty views. Only low tide ? - don't remember it from previous visits.|
|On beach, north into Soldiers Bay, round two corners, scramble back to road on "track"||2005||April||25||Exploration||Good; quite different views. Might be able to get further along.|
|Waitakere||Parau||Parau track||Huia Road to Nihotopu Ridge Track ( and back )||2005||May||7||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #59; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||HWR:541696||Steady climb, steep in places. Occasional hints of a view near the road end. Well marked; not very well maintained ( almost all steps unusable ). Much ginger, gorse, privet, blackberry, pampas grass near the road, but it stops once away from Parau.|
|Nihotopu Ridge Track for a while||We went as far as the northernmost point ( about - we were travelling approximately west when we turned back ).||2005||May||7||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #55; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||Undulating, but rarely steep. Sometimes a bit difficult to follow, particularly in areas with lots of nikau. Pleasant bush. Hints of views.|
... and much, much more. But I managed to overwrite the file while making the first 2006 file, and what with one thing and another, it's gone. No doubt the world will get by somehow.
But I can remember the last one -
|Auckland||North Shore||Chatswood reserve||David Beattie Place to seat and back||2005||December||31||Harbourside Bush Walk Trail; Kauri Point leaflet||N42:235639 ( ??? )||In from David Beattie Place ( small carpark ), proceed east, follow the path past the branch to Homewood Place. A little further on there is a poorly marked track to the left at a point where a stretch of water can be seen ahead and the main track goes right. The left track leads to a seat overlooking a very pleasant and peaceful pond.
Neither map seems to give an adequate representation of the real path network.
NOTE added later : a new map is a bit better. It seems that the sign marking the "branch to Homewood Place" is at the junction shown in the N&BHB book where a small path branches east to Chelsea. This makes a lot more sense of the geography, but both the old Kauri Point leaflet and the sign on the track are misleading.