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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.
|Waitakere||Cornwallis||Jubilee Walk||2002||January||5||Jubilee Walk booklet; ( Waitakere map 2002 #130 )||N42:128426||Pleasant walk, no difficulties. "Station 2" was fenced off - "unstable ground".|
|Waitakere||Cornwallis||Logging track||Jubilee Walk, station 8 to Cornwallis Road, and back||2002||January||5||Jubilee Walk booklet and Cornwallis booklet||Easy and pleasant path, but slippery and wet in places.|
( There's a branch to the left near the lower end which we didn't explore. )
|Waitakere||Cornwallis||Orpheus graves track||Cornwallis Road to Kakamatua inlet||2002||January||5||Cornwallis booklet; Waitakere Walks, revised; ( Waitakere map 2002 #56 ).||Easy to graves; an informal but quite well marked path continues to the bottom. From there we walked through the bog, which is muddy but shallow and quite firm.|
|Waitakere||Cornwallis||Kakamatua beach track||Beach to road||2002||January||5||Cornwallis booklet; Waitakere Walks, revised; ( Waitakere map 2002 #57 ).||Easy, pretty. Wet at high tide.|
|Waitakere||Cornwallis||Road||Kakamatua beach track to logging track, Cornwallis road||2002||January||5||Road.|
Logging track entry from Cornwallis Road : from a bit of "old road" on the eastern side, fenced off, track leaves over the bank quite near the north end.
|North||Hatfield's Beach||to Cook's Beach ( ? )||Beach||2002||January||19||Hibiscus Coast walkways ( essentially useless )||N38:213954||Good. |
Started at half-tide - only just passable. Much easier two hours later.
There's a rope down a very steep "path" at the north end of Cook's Beach ( ? - name guessed from leaflet ) which might go to the road where it comes close to the cliff.
Worth finishing some time. ( Stopped because my sandals broke. )
|Waitakere||Karekare||Cave Rock track||2002||January||19||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #93||N41:005438||Good; quite steep in parts. Views of falls. Sandals in dry weather.|
|Waitakere||Karekare||Pohutukawa Glade walk||2002||January||19||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #109||Pleasant.|
|Waitakere||North||Long Road track||Long Road to Sisam track; Simla track to Long Road.||2002||March||9||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #4||N41:024566 ( about )||Dryish again. Evidence of much civil engineering, new drains etc.|
|Waitakere||North||Sisam track||2002||March||9||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #9||Satisfactory. Starts fairly level, gradient increases throughout. Very steep down at the end.|
|Waitakere||North||Simla Track||East to west||2002||March||9||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #10||Steeply down to stream; VERY steeply up to the top again, but a good track ( when it's dry ? ). |
At the stream : remains of an old dam; spectacular waterfall downstream.
Up the steep bit : some good views of the Anawhata valley.
|North||Wenderholm||Car park to Mahurangi Island to Kokopu (?) Bay||2002||March||16||ARC Northern Parks||N38:227991||LOW TIDE ONLY - island only accessible for an hour or two. Rocky, good. "Causeway" to island close to Waiwera River.|
|North||Wenderholm||Perimeter Track||Kokopu (?) Bay to car park ( to the west ).||2002||March||16||ARC Northern Parks||Easy path; goes up a bit. NOISY near the road.|
|Waitakere||Anawhata Road||Chateau MosquitoTrack||Anawhata Road to RGB track; Simla Track back to road.||2002||March||23||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #11||N41:022513||Broad and well marked from road to near hilltop, with gentle grades; easy, but some red clay bits.|
Narrow and steep from hilltop to stream, but well made and fairly dry.
Ford the stream; a very tortuous path along the stream, wet in places ( better to walk along stream ? - not obvious ).
Very steep between stream and junction of tracks.
|Waitakere||RGB track||2002||March||23||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #12||Steep near the stream, particularly to the west;rest of east side reasonably easy.|
Pretty pool at the stream, two little waterfalls.
|Waitakere||Simla Track||West to east||2002||March||23||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #10||Not as steep, or as far, down as I'd expected ( March 9 ).|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Heritage trail||Okoromai Bay carpark east end to Lookout track.||2002||April||14||Shakespear Regional Park leaflet||N38:325901||Left and up at the end of the car park road.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Lookout track||Heritage trail via lookout to Te Haruhi Bay.||2002||April||14||Shakespear Regional Park leaflet||Comfortable.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Coast||Te Haruhi Bay to Wainui wreck ( almost ) and back.||2002||April||14||Easy rock walking except for one bit - couldn't get past a rock gully right at the end. Try at very low tide.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Road||Te Haruhi Bay to top of hill, turn left to woolshed ( nearly ).||2002||April||14||ARC Northern Parks booklet ( better map )||Road. Improves once on the farm road.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Field||Through gate to west of road, animal track following stream down to Okoromai Bay||2002||April||14||ARC Northern Parks booklet ( better map )||Pleasant walk. Far better than going round the road.|
|North||Shakespear Regional Park||Coast||Back to carpark||2002||April||14||Easy walk on sandy rock.|
|Waitakere||Kauri Park||Road||Car to Pukematekeo track||2002||May||11||Waitakere map ( 1996 )||N41:048561|
|Waitakere||Kauri Park||Pukematekeo track||2002||May||11||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #13||Quite steep start, then fairly gentle. Map timing misleading; < 45 minutes upwards.|
|Waitakere||Kauri Park||Road ( Scenic drive )||Pukematekeo track to Anderson track||2002||May||11||Waitakere map ( 1996 )||About 8 minutes|
|Waitakere||Kauri Park||Anderson track||2002||May||11||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #18||Steep in places; steps. Some sticky bits, particularly at the bottom.|
|Waitakere||Kauri Park||Auckland city walk||Anderson track to car||2002||May||11||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #16||Unremarkable.|
|Auckland||North||Torbay Heights ( West )||Stredwick Drive to Caversham Drive||2002||June||8||Torbay leaflet||N38:251788||Parked in kindergarten carpark by Awaruku stream; entered path over bridge. ( There is a cycle track directly from the kindergarten which almost touches the track at its southeast corner. ) Undistinguished; fairly exposed - better in a few years.|
|Auckland||North||Caversham drive to Kate Sheppard avenue||2002||June||8||Torbay leaflet||Dreadful map : KS avenue is directly opposite the end of the path, Phoebe Meikle place is BEFORE the entry to the next path.|
|Auckland||North||Torbay Heights ( East )||Kate Sheppard Avenue to Fitzwilliam Drive via northwest corner||2002||June||8||Torbay leaflet||Surprisingly good, some quite steep bits and not too overshadowed by the houses. Mostly good surface, one or two slightly muddy bits. Ignore some informal paths - the real ones have gravel laid down.|
|Auckland||North||Fitzwilliam drive||2002||June||8||Torbay leaflet||Left and right.|
|Auckland||North||Fitzwilliam Drive reserve||Fitzwilliam Drive to Emlyn Place||2002||June||8||Torbay leaflet||Straightforward.|
|Auckland||North||Emlyn Place||2002||June||8||Torbay leaflet||Straight across !|
|Auckland||North||Emlyn Place reserve||2002||June||8||Torbay leaflet||Fairly muddy - particularly in the first pass across a grassy bit. On return to the grassy but, turn left over an embankment to grassy right-of -way.|
|Auckland||North Shore||Island Bay||Car park along beach south to point||2002||July||27||Exploration||N42:209653||( very short walk ) A bit muddy towards the point. Pleasant.|
|Auckland||North Shore||Up cliff path half way to point, turn right into grass reserve at the top, follow informal path through bush.||2002||July||27||( very short walk ) Also to the point, but higher. Somewhat better view.|
|Auckland||North Shore||Car park through children's playground and along edge of bay north.||2002||July||27||( very short walk indeed )
Mud, passable but not nice.
|Waitakere||Titirangi||Pipeline Road||Huia Road to Pipeline track. ( - and back. )||2002||August||3||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #52||N42:146479||Metalled road, fairly hilly. Unremarkable, but pleasant.|
Ignore side roads, tracks, etc. ( all unsigned ) until clear signs to Pipeline track, etc., lead off to right.
|Waitakere||Titirangi||Pipeline track||( - and back. )||2002||August||3||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #140||Starts metalled, turns left quite soon into bush track.|
Bush part is fairly muddy. One easy ford.
|Waitakere||Titirangi||Nihotopu dam road||Pipeline tack to Hamilton track. ( - and back. )||2002||August||3||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #138||Metalled road, fairly hilly. Unremarkable, but pleasant.|
|Auckland||North Shore||Shepherd's Park||Cresta Avenue car park to eastern corner||2002||August||17||Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet. There's a sort of map at the car park.||N42:205679||Follow footpath through bush, keeping left where sensible. Down to sea, up to headland, round into inlet.|
Easy; well kept paths.
|Coast walk||Shepherd's park to Kaipakiti creek, somewhere around the end of Packham Place ( - and back )||2002||August||17||Turn left down into inlet and across bridge; follow the "path".|
Variable quality, path not always well defined; some mud.
|Shepherd's Park||Eastern corner back to car park||2002||August||17||Past sports pavilion, concrete path across sports fields. Non-exciting.|
|North||Red Beach||Beach walk||2002||August||24||Rodney Walkways; Hibiscus Coast walkways||N38:226904||End to end and back; can't get any further at mid- tide.|
Undemanding. Caves, rocks.
( Short walk )
|Auckland||North Shore||Eskdale Reserve||Glenfield Road to Kaipatiki Creek||2002||August||31||Eskdale Park leaflet; Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet.||N42:242668||Follow footpath to the end. It doesn't go over the stream towards the end, as marked on both maps, but stays on the right (NE) side until Lauderdale reserve. ( It might be possible to get through on the other side, but it looks as though houses have been built almost to the stream at the NW end. We didn't try. )|
Easy; well kept paths.
|Northish from Kaipatiki Creek||2002||August||31||Coming back, just past the stepping stones at Lauderdale reserve, there's a path to the left along the bank. It is marked, after a fashion, but not obviously maintained. It leads eventually to a concrete path apparently to a road, and on to a grassy space which could be a reserve or someone's garden. No excitement; one or two pleasant views of the creek.|
|Longer way back.||2002||August||31||Eskdale Park leaflet; Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet.||We returned by the path that goes to the north round a tributary stream. Well marked, pleasant. There's a grassy space about where the short spur path is marked on the maps; we were able to make our way back to Glenfield Road without going down to the bottom again.|
|Waitakere||Scenic Drive||Slip track||2002||September||7||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #141||N42:132487||Muddy, but passable.|
One or two side tracks might be interesting.
|Waitakere||Scenic Drive||Pipeline track||Slip Track to Nihotopu Dam Road||2002||September||7||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #140||Muddier than last time.|
|Waitakere||Scenic Drive||Nihotopu dam road||Pipeline tack to Incline track||2002||September||7||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #138|
|Waitakere||Scenic Drive||Incline track||2002||September||7||Waitakere map ( 1996 ) #139||Good. Views in places ( particularly along the railway ). Slightly slippery on the steep bits ( red clay ) but otherwise pretty dry.|
We omitted the little spur to the left.
|Waitakere||Scenic Drive||Scenic Drive||Incline track to Slip track||2002||September||7||Road. Nasty, but unavoidable.|
|Auckland||Mount Wellington||Circular walk, car park to summit and back||2002||September||14||N42:364556||That's about all. You can scramble down into the fairly impressive crater, but we didn't.|
Very urban view, but a lot of it. You can see a surprising amount of water.
|Panmure Basin||Walk ( clockwise ) round.||2002||September||14||N42:368543||Pavement.|
|South||Tawhitokino||Road to stream ( and back )||2002||November||23||Hunua Regional park map; Tawhitokino regional park leaflet||N43:705502||Straightforward; sand and rocks.|
This is presumably the tidal bit.
The path goes inland at the stream; we missed it the first time past.
|Stream towards Papanui Point ( and back )||2002||November||23||Along the rocks; a fairly demanding scramble.|
We didn't go very far.
|Stream over Papanui Point ( and back )||2002||November||23||Hunua Regional park map; Tawhitokino regional park leaflet||Steep but straightforward.|
Some side paths; one to a good view of the beach, others unexplored.
|Tawhitokino Beach ( and back )||2002||November||23||Hunua Regional park map; Tawhitokino regional park leaflet||Pleasant undemanding beach walk. We went as far as an overgrown campsite by a stream towards the far end.|
The reserve goes on as far as Te Kaiahorowaru Point.
|Auckland||Mount Albert||Circular walk, plus a bit.||2002||December||14||Exploration||N42:228557||Entrance from Summit Drive; we parked under some trees near the entrance, but there are real car parks further round. |
Round the "crater" edge, then straight back up to the summit and down through the butts.
Easy, short, views.
|Auckland||Mount Roskill||Wander round.||2002||December||14||Exploration||N42:258528||Walked up the road to the top, down to NW, anticlockwise round "path" at bottom. No easy way through fence back to car park; improvise. |
Easy, short, views.
|Auckland||East Coast Bays||Castor Bay||Castor Bay south to Wairau Creek ( and back )||2002||December||21||Exploration||N38:285715||Nothing very special; not bad. Mainly rocks, rough but flattish. Probably tidal - we went at low tide.|
|Castor Bay north towards Campbell's Bay||2002||December||21||Walk, mainly over
rocks up the coast. Wouldn't work at high tide, but we had lots of
Pleasant walk. Pass steps to Kennedy Park, on round the next corner ( past questionable sewage outflow ) to more steps - apparently private ( locked gate ), but nice view. Could go further, but we went back to previous steps.
|Kennedy Park to Castor Bay via Rahopara Reserve||2002||December||21||Along the cliff path to the reserve, down to Castor Bay. Sea views. Rahopara Historic Reserve is a pretty little park.|