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|Auckland||North Shore||Leroy's Bush||Little Shoal Bay to main path||2003||January||1||Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet, Le Roy's Bush leaflet||N42:258646||Across a cricket ground. ( An alternative is to go to the bowling club up the road a little to the right. )|
|Bridge to Wilding Avenue, and back. ( Louisa Wadham walk )||2003||January||1||as above||Flat, by ( not very ) wetlands, with a hill up to the road.|
|Bridge to Seaview Avenue, and back.||2003||January||1||as above||Short. Up through some biggish trees.|
|Bridge to Onewa Road ( Side trips follow )||2003||January||1||as above||A good walk. Much variety. Wetlands, stream, waterfall. Surprisingly quiet.|
|Path to Fairfax Avenue, and back.||2003||January||1||as above||Less well used, more rugged. Some informal side paths. Steep in places.|
|Path to Valley Road, back along alternate route.||2003||January||1||as above||Up all right; back along narrower path much better.|
|Path to south-west from rather below the big waterfall, and back.||2003||January||1||Informal, but very good. Climbs steeply diagonally away from the stream, eventually reaches a plateau which seems quite high and comes out behind a building. We investigated no further.|
|Path to Hinemoa Street, and back.||2003||January||1||Northcote and Birkenhead harbourside booklet, Le Roy's Bush leaflet||Pleasant walk. The "notable tree" on the North Shore City leaflet is a Puriri arch across the path.|
|Path to Glade Place and back.||2003||January||1||as above||Crosses the wetland; otherwise short, non-exciting.|
|Experiment : sewer line ? Barely marked path going into wetlands just before the first right turn as you leave the bridge going west.||2003||January||1||Goes to a manhole cover, then there's a very overgrown sort of causeway out into the wetlands. A sort of track is visible. I didn't go right across, but the path went on further.|
|Waitakere||Huia||Karamatura loop walk||Car park to Karamatura track, long way||2003||January||18||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #17; Hema Waitakere Ranges map; Waitakere Walks ( new )||HWR:492653||Easy, up and down. Views of Huia Bay and Karamatura valley.|
|Karamatura track||Karamatura loop walk to Donald McLean track||2003||January||18||as above; #71||Hard work; a very steep bit in the middle climbing out
of the valley.|
A side track to the waterfall looks interesting, but I didn't explore it much.
|Donald McLean track||Karamatura track to Fletcher track||2003||January||18||as above; #72||Quite easy, mostly roughly metalled. Not very hilly.|
|Fletcher track||Donald McLean track to Karamatura loop walk ( and back to car park )||2003||January||18||as above; #74||More hard work; mostly
steep, one way or the other. Lots of up and down. VERY steep down at the
end, and apparently clay; beware if wet.|
Some good - though fleeting - views of Manukau Heads; a short side track to a lookout just before the final descent gives a good view of Huia Bay.
|Waitakere||Kauri Park||Auckland City Walk||Car park to Cascade Track, clockwise ( from above )||2003||January||28||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #16; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||HWR:457784||Up and down.|
|Cascade track||Auckland City Walk to Fenceline track||2003||January||28||as above||Up. Steep in places; many flights of steps.|
|Fenceline track||Cascade track to Robinson Ridge track||2003||January||28||as above||Good walking. Some steep bits, mainly towards the end.
There's a view somewhere in the middle.|
Bits of the fence, including barbed wire, are still there on the left. Beware !
|Robinson Ridge track||2003||January||28||as above||Steadily
down to the stream, very rooty but quite easy when dry. Some pretty ground
vegetation - moss, lichen, fern etc. - in places.|
Muddier and somewhat less easy after the stream.
|Cascade track||Robinson Ridge track||2003||January||28||as above; #20||Down and up; muddy, particularly near the stream.|
|Upper Kauri track||Cascade track to Auckland City Walk||2003||January||28||as above; #14||Good track; steeply downhill.|
|Auckland City Walk||to car park||2003||January||28||as above; #16||Easy, by the river. Then there's the nasty climb up to the car park ....|
|Waitakere||Henderson||Swanson pipeline track||Tram Valley Road to junction where path branches from track ( about 491778 ), and back.||2003||April||12||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #24; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||HWR:495792||A bit slippery, rather steep in parts; otherwise no
Short walk. Estimated time on Waitakere map grossly overestimated. They say 1 hour 15 minutes one way; we did both ways plus detours in 1 hour 30 minutes.
|Along track to waterworks; round pond, up steps, turn left along road to Christian Road entrance.||2003||April||12||Exploration||Easy.|
The middle bit is informal; top of steps is bottom end of East Tunnel Mouth track. Lavatory.
|Swanson pipeline track||Christian Road to 491778||2003||April||12||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #24; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||Path. Easy.|
|Side track to right after crossing stream, unmarked but opposite a track signpost : up and down.||2003||April||12||Hema Waitakere Ranges map||HWR:492781||Apparently once a vehicle track, obviously well used,
easy gradient. Goes up to cleared land near Christian Road.|
Nothing spectacular, but pleasant bush.
|Waitakere||Huia||Huia Dam Road||Huia Road to Christie's Track, and back||2003||May||3||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #63; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||HWR:498660||Easy; essentially a road. Short walk. Some steepish climbs.|
|Big Kauri track, and back||2003||May||3||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #25||NOT SIGNPOSTED from Huia Dam
Road. ( - but now it might be; I told the ARC and they replied that they'd do something about it. ) |
Reasonably well marked track; steep and muddy. It's a big tree, but thickly surrounded by bush on a steepish slope.
|Waitakere||Henderson||Opanuku pipeline track||Christian Road carpark to Mountain Road, and back.||2003||May||10||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #26; Hema Waitakere Ranges map; Waitakere Walks ( new )||HWR:492777||A bit slippery, rather steep in
otherwise no trouble. It was raining.|
Pretty scenery. Trees, of course.
Very short walk. Time on Waitakere map overestimated. They say 40 minutes one way; we did both ways plus exploration in less than an hour.
Parking possible at Mountain Road end.
|Short walk from Opanuku campsite||2003||May||10||Exploration||HWR:497771||Going about 50m east of the campsite along the road, there's a track to the left. That leads to a couple of small clearings by the stream, and then onwards by the stream quite some distance to a pleasant glade. Pretty.|
|North||Whangaparaoa||Fairhaven walk||2003||May||17||Rodney Walkways||N38:245860||From the end of Wade River Road; not obviously
maintained, but passable as far as a concrete landing stage ( ? ). Return
by mud is possible; there's quite a lot of muddy rock, but we went only
about half of the way and returned to the path for the
Sub-exciting. Mostly scramble; view of boats on the river.
( Very short walk )
|Waitakere||Henderson||Filter track||Christian Road carpark to Scenic Drive, and back.||2003||June||14||Waitakere map ( 2002 ) #33; Hema Waitakere Ranges map||HWR:492777||Sealed track through filter
station; path laves track to left just after the seal ends.|
Various grades of steep up a ridge; steps to begin with. Flattish at the top, muddier. Unusually good views from the ridge part.
Short walk. No parking possible at Scenic Drive end.
|North||Mahurangi West Regional Park||Cudlip Point loop track||Car park ( Otarawao Bay ) to Cudlip Point||2003||June||21||ARC Northern Parks||N34:237015||Easy. A
bit muddy, but not too bad.|
The end of the spur to the point is fenced off. One understands why, but it spoils the point.
A quite short walk.
|Cudlip Point to Park Track||2003||June||21||as above||Muddier.|
|Park Track to central car park||2003||June||21||as above|
|Central car park to Bay car park||2003||June||21||as above||Through the field. Not muddy; large convoluted pohutukawa tree.|
|Auckland||North Shore||Onepoto Domain||Carpark to Sylvan Avenue exit||2003||November||1||Memory : a failure. We'd intended to go to the Exmouth Road exit.|
|Road||Sylvan Avenue to Bailey Reserve on Exmouth Road ( entry to Tuff Crater )||2003||November||1||Necessity||Road.|
|Tuff Crater Reserve||Round, clockwise ( from above ), about half way, to a steep muddy track to the left.||2003||November||1||Pathfinder Auckland Street directory, 1994. ( Not very useful, but does show some path. )||A bit muddy. Some evidence that the council is putting in boardwalks.|
|Tuff Crater Reserve||Up the muddy track to View Road.||2003||November||1||as above||Gives a better view of the crater.|
|Tuff Crater Reserve||Along the top of the hill towards the motorway, coming slowly down to the water level.||2003||November||1||Exploration||No marked path, but
through a somewhat landscaped parkish area. Good view of the crater from
Passes the end of another path, presumably from Akoranga Drive.
|Tuff Crater Reserve||Back along the real path to Bailey Reserve.||2003||November||1||Interestingly different view.|
|Road||Across Exmouth Road back into Onepoto Domain.||2003||November||1|
|Onepoto Domain||Back to the car park.||2003||November||1|