A grippingly interesting Helensville Sunday! First, meet at 10.00 at the entrance to the Riverside Walkway, off Mill Rd, (the main drag into town) opposite Mitre 10.
Today we will explore the highways and byways on the historic town of Helensville starting with the Riverside Walkway followed by a couple of other walks before dowsing ourselves in the Parakai Hot Springs. Bring your togs.
Come and join us for a bowl and a bowl !!!
Full cost: $53, but the club is subsidising the event by $13 pp so you pay only $40 pp. This includes two games of 10 pin, one drink from the bar and (but wait there’s more), at 7pm we move next door to the Mongolian restaurant Gengis Khan for dinner (All you can eat menu including starters, main and dessert).
If you just want to meet for dinner, see you at 7pm at Gengis Khan (199B Lincoln Road)
Full cost: $30, less WADTC subsidy of $10 = $20.
No Glen Eden meeting. Meet at Army Bay car park at 10.30 am. We will take an easy walk around the park, stopping for lunch at the big main bay, Shakespear Bay on south side and then go up the hill to the high point to take in the views . Make own arrangements for carpooling.
Leader Jill Dingle will be coming down from Snells Beach on the day.
Fare: $5 non-members. If carpooling ,$7 petrol money to driver.
NOTE: No Glen Eden meeting.
We will ride the North Western bike trails Henderson, Te Atatu, NW causeway to Pt Chevalier and return. Along the way we will stop to look for some of the birds that visit our beautiful estuary, Dotterel, Godwit, Kingfisher, Shag, Swamp Harrier, Oyster Catcher, Heron, Pied Stilt, Plover, Fern Bird, Wrybills, Banded Rail and Gulls who all spend time on our shores. (The impressive Godwit flies non-stop for 11,000km from the Arctic in eight or nine days but won’t arrive until late September.)
The bike ride will be four to five hour including stops.
Our August speaker is Gill Thurlow from Community Parks, talking about the Te Whau Pathway project, a 12km walking/cycling path, as well as 3km of connector paths, linking the Waitemata and Manukau harbours from Te Atatu Penisula to Green Bay. It is homage to the portage of yesteryear when waka were carried from one harbour to another.
Meet Glen Eden at 8.30am to carpool or meet at Mahurangi West at 9.30am. If going direct please contact Ralph to let him know.
We will start from Sullivan’s Bay Mahurangi West and take in a some of the attractions of Mahurangi West Regional Park until the tide is low enough for us to cross the Te Muri Stream estuary to explore some of the potential of Te Muri Regional Park on recently established tracks. Exact route to be confirmed at this stage but will include hills, beaches and possibly some coastal foreshore walking.
Great views and good beaches . Suggest taking a small towel to dry your feet after crossing the
estuary if you wish to avoid wet boots from crossing with your boots on.
Time 4.5 to 5.5 hours including breaks.
We will walk along Puhinui creek to the Botanic Gardens, (a new route not taken before) through bush to Totara Park, then up the hill to a lookout, around part of Totara park and back to the begonia-free Begonia Place.
There is always an opportunity for a coffee at the café in the Gardens on the way back, if not too busy.
This is part a volunteer planting day and for me, a trip down memory lane as my parents were stationed there in the late 40’s (okay, a little before my time) and the house that they may have lived in is still there.
From the Motuihe Wharf it is approximately a 10 minute walk to the nursery where we will be divided into groups and given planting instructions. We plant for 2 – 2.5 hours and then it is back to the nursery for lunch. Free time after lunch.
Things you need to know:
Ferry leaves Pier Z, Westhaven Marina at 9am (plan to be there at 8.45am) and leaves Motuihe at 4pm. Journey approximately 1 1/4 hours.
Getting to the ferry: NO GLEN EDEN MEETING.
Catch the 7.20am train from Swanson or enroute
Walk from Britomart (28 minutes) or catch NX1 bus from Lower Albert Exchange (stop A) to cnr Fanshawe & Daldy Streets, then walk (11 minutes).
If driving phone 0800 668 844 (Motuihe Trust) for the best place to park.
For more information go to Mohuihe Trust.