YOU CANNOT WALK OVERSEAS BUT YOU CAN WALK IN NEW ZEALAND!
Covid-19 has placed considerable limits on our ability to undertake walks overseas, but we have hundreds of wonderful walks within our own country. Phillip O’Donnel will be talking to us about Footsteps Walking Club of Aotearoa/New Zealand. Footsteps offers the absolute best day-walks in 20 regions of New Zealand, with five regions in each of the North and South Islands scheduled per year. Many trips are consecutive and contiguous for those who may wish to undertake more than one. We cover the whole country in two years. Mark this event in your dairies as this will be an inspirational start to the New Year.
Time: 4 – 5 hrs
We will start above Piha at Te Ahu carpark, walk to the headland site of a Maori pa with great views down the coast, continuing on the restored Comans track (lots of steps) to Karekare then looping back up the Ahu Ahu Track, a good climb back to our cars.
Time: 5 hours
Meet at Glen Eden at 8.30am or Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir carpark at 9.45 am. Please advise leader if meeting at the dam. We will head up Lilburn Road to Piggotts campsite, then round Rata ridge to Mangatangi Ridge track, then down the stream to a stream junction, then back via a benched track onto Rata Ridge and down Lilburn Road. There is beautiful bush, no steps or board walks! When we did our recce there were several kaka and kokako as well as tuis and wood pigeons.
Non members please contact the leader first.
Trains to catch see below.
We will get the 9.15am ferry (Pier 4) and the ferry back at 4.00pm. The cost is $43.00 return or $39.00 for an online ticket. (Sorry Gold Cards can’t be used). From the west the train from Swanson leaves either at 7.40am or 8.00am and arrives at Britomart at 8.36am or 8.56am. I will probably take the earlier train in case of hold ups.
This will be a fast pace walk due to time constraints. Unfortunately, our time on Motutapu will be somewhat restricted due to us having to be back at Rangitoto Wharf to catch the 4.00pm ferry. We will walk from the Rangitoto Wharf along Islington Bay Road to the causeway (1 1/2 hours one way) and we will then make a decision as to which path we will take. Please ring me if you are going to meet us at the ferry.