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Hillary Trail


									                        Hillary Trail
                         Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

09 366 2000                             1
    The Hillary Trail is a spectacular multi-day            The trail was developed through the joint effort
                                                            of the elected members, rangers and officers of
    tramping trip through native forest and along           the Auckland Regional Council between 2005
                                                            and 2009. The ARC sees the creation of the
    the wild coast of the Waitakere Ranges                  Hillary Trail as an important legacy for the people
    Regional Park. Beginning and ending not                 of Auckland and New Zealand.

    far from metropolitan Auckland, this self-              The ARC thanks the Hillary family for the use of
                                                            Sir Edmund Hillary’s name.
    guided 70km trail is a challenging wilderness
    adventure designed to introduce families and
                                                             The Hillary connection
    young people, properly prepared, to the joys
                                                             The Hillary family has links
    of multi-day tramping.                                   with the Waitakere Ranges
                                                             going back to 1925, when
                                                             Sir Edmund’s father-in-law,
    The ranges are alive with history and the trail
                                                             Jim Rose, built a bach at
    links heritage areas connected with Te Kawerau           Anawhata. Since then, five
    a Maki and the decades of kauri logging. It              generations have come to
    passes through a wide range of environments –            the west coast to walk and
    regenerating rainforest, stands of mature kauri,         explore, to dream and to
    coastal forest, rocky shores and black-sand              refresh their spirits. In 1981
    beaches. And it seems as if around every corner          Jim Rose wrote, ‘My family
    there is another magnificent view.                       look forward to the time when
                                                             we will be able to walk from
    The inspiration behind the trail is New Zealand’s        Huia to Muriwai on public
    great mountaineer, explorer and loved citizen, Sir       walking tracks like the old time
    Edmund Hillary, who came to the rugged hills             Maori could do.’ With the Hillary
    and beaches of the Waitakere Ranges to plan and          Trail it is possible to do just that.
    prepare for his great expeditions. In taking on
    the challenge of the four-day journey, trampers
    embark on their own expedition of self-discovery
    and adventure.
                                                               Find out more about the Hillary Trail:
    Completing the trail will be a test of determination,
    for many, a personal Everest.                              • Visit the ARC website
                                                               • Phone the ARC on 09 366 2000 for
                                                                 information and bookings
                                                               • Talk to an ARC park ranger
                                                               • Drop into the Arataki Visitor Centre, talk to
                                                                 the staff and see the displays

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              What to expect
              The Hillary Trail is a challenging four day/three                                                                                                                                                                                         The day from Craw Campground to
              night hike. You can complete the trail at any time                                                                                                                                                                                        Muriwai Beach is long and hard. In the
              of year although, in winter, the short days, cool                                                                                                                                                                                 future we will have a campground to break this
              weather and muddy tracks will make the hike                                                                                                                                                                                       leg of the journey.
              much more demanding.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                Parts of the Te Henga Walkway are steep and
              It is likely to rain for at least part of your trip.                                                                                                                                                                              slippery. Beyond O’Neill Bay there is no shelter
              Many tracks will be steep, rutted, ‘rooty’ and                                                                                                                                                                                    from the elements for about 6.5km, and nowhere
              slippery, and you may be up to your ankles in mud.                                                                                                                                                                                to go if you get into difficulty. In winter, this leg is
              There are unbridged stream crossings which may                                                                                                                                                                                    more difficult to complete during daylight hours. If
              include water above the knee. You can experience                                                                                                                                                                                  you are not fit enough for a very long, tough day,
              a variety of surfaces, including gravel and steps,                                                                                                                                                                                if the weather is wet or windy, or if you are likely
              and you will also have to walk for short periods on                                                                                                                                                                               to run short of daylight, you should not attempt
              public roads, some of them busy.                                                                                                                                                                                                  it. Instead finish at one of the pick-up points
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                marked on the map.
              The fitter you are, the more you will enjoy the
              experience. The days are long. You will be climbing                                                                                                                                                                               The Te Henga Walkway may be closed for lambing
              up and down hills and walking up to 27km in a                                                                                                                                                                                     between 1 August and 1 October.
              day. You will have to carry a heavy pack with your                                                                                                                                                                                Go to for more information.
              tent, sleeping bag, extra clothing and four days’
              worth of food.

              The walking times in the track notes are
              approximate. They are dependent on track
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     Follow me...
              conditions, your fitness, group size and weather                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      You’ll know you’re on the Hillary
              conditions. They do not include time to take the                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Trail if you’re following track
              suggested side trips or to have long breaks.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          markers like the one shown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    here. Markers are positioned at
              Although the official gateway to the Hillary Trail                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    intervals along the trail and at track
              is the Arataki Visitor Centre and the trail ends at                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   intersections.
              Muriwai Beach, you can vary the route and the
              number of days it takes according to transport,
              fitness and weather.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Road walking: extreme care is essential
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       when walking on roads. High visibility
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                clothing and reflective material on packs is
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                strongly recommended.

    Arataki Visitor                                                 Karamatura                                                 Whatipu                      Pararaha Karekare                                                                        Piha                      Craw                                               Te Henga/                                                                                 Muriwai
       Centre                                                       Campground                                                                            Campground                                                                                                         Campground                                          Bethells Beach                                                                             Beach

    400m400                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            400m

    300m300                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            300m

    200m200                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            200mSeries2


    100m100                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            100m

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                                              5.8  6.7
                                                                                    12                      16                     20                      24                     28                 31                      35                     39                      43                     47                      51                     55                      59                     63                66
                  0.92 1.82 2.69 3.58 4.47 5.35 6.23 7.12
               0.48 1.36 2.25 3.13 4.02 4.92            7.57   8.45 9.35 10.2 11.1
                                                                  8.91 9.78 10.7 11.6 12.4 13.3 3.8 14.7 15.5 16.4 17.3 18.2 19.1
                                                                                         12.9 1 14.2 15.1                               2 21.3 22.2 23.1        24.8 25.7 26.6 27.5 28.4 29.3 9.7 30.6 31.5 32.4 33.3 3.7 34.6 35.5 36.4 37.3 38.1
                                                                                                                 16.9 17.8 18.6 19.5 20.4 0.9 21.7 22.6 23.5 24.4 25.3 26.2 27.1       28.8 2 30.2        31.9 32.8 3 34.1                               39.9 4 41.2 42.1        43.9 44.8 45.7 46.6 47.4 7.9 48.8 49.7 50.5 51.4 52.3 53.2 54.1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  35.9 36.8 37.7 38.6 39.5 40.4 0.8 41.7 42.6 43.5 44.3 45.2 46.1       4 48.3 49.2 50.1        51.9 52.8 53.6 54.5 55.4 56.3 6.7 57.6 58.5 59.4 60.3 61.2 62.1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       55.9 5 57.2 58.1        59.8 60.7 61.6 62.5 63.4 64.3 65.2       66.9 6 68.3 69.2
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      63.8 64.7 65.6 66.5 67.4 7.8 68.7

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    What to take
    You will need to be largely self-sufficient for four         Food – high in energy value, light in weight and
    days (some supplies are available on day three at            quick to cook
    the Piha Store). Quality clothing and footwear, and          Water treatment – chemical purification or water
    a comfortable backpack, are important. It doesn’t            filter, or extra fuel for boiling
    matter how warm the weather is the day you leave,            Personal EPIRB – Emergency Position Indicating
    or how good the forecast, the following equipment            Radio Beacon (optional).
    is essential.
                                                             In autumn, winter and spring you will also need to
       This booklet and information from the ARC website     take more layers of warm clothing, a beanie and
       Your camping permit                                   mittens or gloves, waterproof over-trousers and a
       Waitakere Ranges Regional Park Recreation Map         warmer sleeping bag.
       – available from the Arataki Visitor Centre
       A hiking pack with a waterproof liner inside
       it (liners that double as survival bags can be
       bought at outdoors shops)
       Clothing – warm, quick-drying clothes made of         There are three ARC campgrounds designated for
       modern synthetic materials or wool. You will          the Hillary Trail: Karamatura, Pararaha and Craw.
       need one set to walk in and another to change         They are basic campgrounds with no showers or
       into when you get to the campground. You may          cooking facilities. Sites cost $5 per adult per night
       not be able to dry wet clothing overnight.            and must be booked and paid for before starting
       Boots – sturdy, comfortable walking boots that        the trail.
       have been well broken in
                                                             Campground   Water supply   Toilets         Maximum group
       Raincoat – fully waterproof with hood                                                             booking
       Waterproof over-trousers (optional)                   Karamatura   Stream         Composting      10
       Swimwear and small towel (optional)                   Pararaha     Stream         Composting      10
       Sun hat and sunglasses                                Craw         Roof           Vault           10
       Cellphone and camera (optional)
       Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat                      Important note: Stream and roof water must be
       Torch with spare batteries                            boiled, chemically treated or filtered before drinking.
       Cooking stove, lighter or matches in a waterproof
       container, and fuel
                                                             Other accommodation options
       Cooking pot and pot scrubber for cleaning up          There are other options to shorten your days or
       Eating and drinking utensils                          take alternate routes. The ARC has lodges, two
       Large water bottle                                    baches and four other campgrounds along the
       Toiletries – including toilet paper
                                                             trail. There are more structured campgrounds
                                                             at Piha and Muriwai Beach, and private lodges,
       First-aid kit – including sunscreen, insect           campgrounds and B&Bs at settlements close to
       repellent, medication, blister kit, bandages, as
                                                             the route.
       well as wasp-sting treatment if you are allergic
       Survival kit – including survival blanket, whistle,   Go to for alternative
       paper and pencil and spare food                       accommodation options and links, inquire at
       Rubbish bag - please take your rubbish (including     the Arataki Visitor Centre or phone the ARC on
       sanitary products) with you.                          09 366 2000.

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                       Climate statistics from Arataki Visitor Centre

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                                                                                                         Your safety on the Hillary Trail is your responsibility.
                                                                                       6                 Rangers do not patrol the tracks or the campgrounds
Degrees Celcius

                                                                                       5                 at specific times.

                  10                                                                                     Leave details of your trip (return date and time,
                                                                                       3                 planned route and party member names) with a
                                                                                       2                 responsible person and check in with them when
                                                                                                         you return.

                   0                                                                   0                 If a serious illness or injury occurs, dial the 111
                         Jan   Feb Mar Apr May Jun        Jul   Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec
                                                                                                         emergency number. Large parts of the ranges have
                          Mean daily rainfall in mm     Mean daily high in oC
                                                                                                         no cellphone coverage – if you can’t get reception,
                          Mean daily low in oC
                                                                                                         try the nearest high point or send for help.

                       Weather                                                                           Wasps may be a problem in late summer/autumn.
                                                                                                         If allergic, bring antihistamines.
                       The Waitakere Ranges are an elevated plateau with
                       a temperate climate. Parts of the forest receive
                       over 50 per cent more rain than central Auckland.
                                                                                                         Stream crossings
                       In winter there is a high chance of rain every day.
                                                                                                         There are a number of unbridged stream crossings
                       The weather can change quickly. The coastal                                       on the Hillary Trail. If it is raining and you come
                       sections of the trail are exposed to prevailing                                   to a river that is running high and fast, do not
                       westerly winds, especially the Te Henga Walkway.                                  attempt to cross. Just wait. The rivers are steep
                                                                                                         and short – they rise quickly when it rains and
                       The best times of year to walk the trail are summer                               drop quickly when it stops.
                       and early autumn, when rainfall is lower and the
                       tracks are less muddy. In warm weather, however,
                       take care to drink plenty of water to avoid                                       Swimming
                                                                                                         West coast beaches have tempting surf but the
                                                                                                         currents can be dangerous. Swim only where
                       Daylight                                                                          lifeguards are patrolling. Always swim between
                                                                                                         the flags.
                       Each day on the Hillary Trail you will have to
                       cover long distances on sometimes rough trails.
                       Be realistic about your walking speed and set out                                 There are five surf lifesaving clubs: Karekare, Piha,
                       early enough to get to the campground before                                      United North Piha, Bethells Beach and Muriwai
                       dark. This is particularly important in winter when                               Beach. They patrol beaches on weekends and
                       daylight hours are shorter.                                                       public holidays from Labour Weekend to Easter or
                                                                                                         Anzac weekend (Piha). There are weekday patrols
                                                                                                         over the peak summer period. There are no patrols
                              Day four, from Craw to Muriwai, is                                         in winter.
                              difficult to complete during winter daylight
                       hours. Seriously consider the alternative finish at                               For more details of surf lifesaving hours go to
                       Swanson (p34).                                                          
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     Caring for Waitakere Ranges                               Natural history
     Regional Park
     • Protect plants and animals. Do not damage or            As it takes its L-shaped path across the Waitakere
       remove vegetation.                                      Ranges, the Hillary Trail crosses the eastern slopes
     • Dogs are not allowed on the Hillary Trail and at ARC    of a massive volcano that first erupted from the
       campgrounds. Day walkers may be able to take            sea floor 22 million years ago. At over 3000 metres
       dogs on a lead on some tracks that make up the          high and about 50km in diameter, the Waitakere
       trail. Check the ARC website.                           Volcano was one of New Zealand’s largest ever
     • No open fires (gas cookers only).                       volcanoes.
     • Keep to the tracks. Stay on the tracks to minimise      The black sand found on the west coast is mostly
       damage to fragile environments.                         volcanic sand from eruptions in the central North
     • Respect cultural sites. There are many sites of         Island, Taranaki and swept down the Waikato River
       cultural and historic significance, particularly to     and north up the coast. This magnetic iron sand
       tangata whenua.                                         has built up into extensive dune systems with
     • Remove your rubbish. This is a rubbish-free park.       lakes, swampland and forests.
     • Leave gates as you find them.
     • Be considerate of others. Share the park. If you        Flora
       notice any damage to park infrastructure, please
       report it.                                              The plant life of the Waitakere Ranges is
                                                               outstandingly significant. There are large areas
     • Bury toilet waste. In areas without toilets, bury
                                                               of intact coastal forest, and some important
       your toilet waste in a shallow hole well away from
                                                               remnants of original-growth kauri forest. Where
       waterways and tracks.
                                                               logging has occurred, the ranges offer a fascinating
     Toitu te whenua – leave the land undisturbed.             demonstration of regeneration in action.

                                                               The park is home to some 550 species of native
                                                               plants, including more than two-thirds of New
        Kauri dieback                                          Zealand’s fern species. Many are rare, endangered
                                                               or regionally threatened plants. Some species are
        Kauri dieback, also known as Phytophthora taxon
                                                               unique to the area.
        Agathis, is a plant pathogen that kills kauri. You
        may see affected trees along the route. People may
                 spread the disease if they disturb the soil   Fauna
                   around affected trees. You can help to
                     stop kauri dieback taking hold.           The forests and caves of the Waitakere Ranges
                     • Thoroughly clean boots and              are home to a wide range of invertebrates,
                      camping equipment before and after       including hundreds of insect species. Among the
                      visiting the Waitakere Ranges or any     invertebrates are the Auckland cave weta and the
                       other area with kauri forest.           carnivorous, regionally threatened large kauri snail.
                                                               The ranges are a stronghold for the nationally
                       • Keep to defined tracks.               threatened Hochstetter’s frog, as well as five
                     • Brush and spray boots and walking       species of native skinks and geckos. There are 11
                  poles at stations along the trail.           species of native freshwater fish.

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                      More than 50 species of native birds      The arrival of European settlers
                      live in the park, many of them rare       in the early 19th century was a
                      or endangered. At Cascade Kauri,          turning point for the iwi. Pakeha
                      hihi (stitchbirds), whiteheads, North     diseases took a devastating toll, as
                      Island robins and kokako have been        did fierce battles with Ngapuhi armed
     Robin            reintroduced by the Ark in the Park       with muskets. Much of their ancestral land
                      project. Tui, kereru, grey warblers,      was sold, but Te Kawerau a Maki continued
                      silvereyes, fantails and tomtits are a    to live in a traditional way on ‘Native
                      common sight in the forest, and if        Reserves’ at Piha, Te Henga and Muriwai until
                      you are lucky you may spot a ruru         the 20th century. Their history and relationships
                      (morepork), kingfisher or shining         are represented in carved pou whenua around the
                      cuckoo.                                   park.
                      Coastal, wading and wetland               When Europeans settled in Auckland in the 1830s
                      bird species are well represented         they needed timber for building, and the tall,
                      –    fernbirds,   pukeko,     variable    straight kauri of the Waitakere Ranges were an
                      oystercatchers,     bitterns,    New      obvious source. The most easily accessible trees
                      Zealand and banded dotterels,             were quickly felled, then the more remote trees
                      shags, Caspian and white-fronted          of the interior were flushed down rivers to mills
     Grey warbler     terns and little blue penguins have       near the coast. To do this, bushmen built perhaps
                      all found the wild west coast to          a hundred driving and holding dams. The timber
                      their liking.                             millers also built 66km of tram tracks to transport
                                                                logs and sawn timber. In places, the remnants of
                      Check out the Arataki Visitor Centre      both are still visible
                      book store for a selection of titles
                      on the flora and fauna found in the       By the late 1920s only a few large stands of
     Green gecko      Waitakere Ranges.                         mature kauri remained. Farmers had cleared
                                                                land in the river mouths for pasture, and gum
                                                                diggers set fire to manuka forest to make it
        Cultural history                                        easier to dig up valuable kauri gum. From 1905,
                                                                five water-supply dams were built in the ranges,
        Te Kawerau a Maki are the people of the Waitakere       drowning 160 hectares of bush while allowing the
        Ranges. They have associations with the land            surrounding forest catchments to regenerate from
        between the Manukau Harbour and Muriwai going           cut over forest and pasture. In 1941 the Auckland
        back 700 to 800 years. To Te Kawerau a Maki, the        Centennial Memorial Park was formed at the wish
        Waitakere Ranges form part of Te Wao nui o Tiriwa       of Auckland’s citizens, to celebrate the centenary
        (the great forest of Tiriwa) that once covered all      of European settlement in Auckland.
        of west Auckland. The western coastline that the
        trail follows was known collectively as Hikurangi.      The remnants of original-growth forest, the
        Ngati Whatua also have an ancestral relationship        recovering forest and large sections of coast are
        with the northern section of the trail, between Te      today protected as parkland. Formed over more
        Waharoa and Muriwai.                                    than 60 years and administered today by the
                                                                Auckland Regional Council, Waitakere Ranges
        The iwi had villages and fortified pa up and down       Regional Park covers 17,000 hectares and attracts
        the coast and in the forest. They also cleared large    around 2.5 million visitors each year to black-
        areas to allow cultivation and make it easier to        sand beaches, historic sites, beautiful rivers and
        defend their pa. In places, the Hillary Trail follows   waterfalls – and more than 140 walking tracks.
        old routes used by Maori.

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      Track notes                              ary Trail all
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                              or at your ow
      at once  , in sections,                  s indicate
                             ay description
      follow ing day-by-d                       four days,
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     Day One
          Arataki Visitor Centre to Karamatura
          11km 4–5 hours
     The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the
     Hillary Trail. You will see magnificent pou whenua        The Hillary Trail
     and carvings representing Te Kawerau a Maki                   Hillary Trail                                ARC Parkland                                  Other campground
     ancestors. Stop in to see displays about the trail             dots: change of track name
                                                                   Road walking                                 Other Public Open Space                       Bus stops
     and talk to staff and get the latest information on            dots: change of road name
     weather and track conditions.                                 Beach walking                                Beach and wetlands                            Emergency telephone

                                                                   Stage 2 track                                Private land                                  Store / takeaway
     From the lookout above the centre, start the Hillary
     Trail by descending Slip Track into the Nihotupu              Public transport option*                     Hillary Trail campground                      Toilets
     valley. Along the way you will cross the Nihotupu             At high tide, walk along Huia Road with care, take the Karamatura Farm driveway. Follow the markers
     Tramline which provides access for pipeline                   from the barn to the Karamatura Campground.
     maintenance and carrying visitors on the Rain                 *This option indicates our recommended tramping route for access to and from public transport at Titirangi and Swanson.
     Forest Express tram.

     Near the bottom of the valley turn right onto             The track now becomes rougher and muddier, and
     Pipeline Track. Beyond the bridge across Nihotupu         progress may be slow. Continue on Hamilton Track
     Stream turn right onto Lower Nihotupu Dam Road            past its junction with Summit Track, until you
     and continue along until the road stops. Take             reach Crusher Pipe Track, then take Smiths Road.
     Hamilton Track on your right. Soon you will come          The kauri here are among the few large trees in the
     to a section of dense nikau, the world’s southern-        ranges that escaped the saws of the bushmen. At
     most growing palm.                                        the bottom of the hill a bridge takes you over the
                                                               upper reaches of the Lower Huia Reservoir.
     You will climb gently around a hillside and catch
     sight of, on a ridge to the right, large kauri soaring    Beyond the bridge, take Huia Dam Road. A couple
     above the canopy. Steep drops near the waterfall          of ups and downs will bring you to the dam.
     require care before arriving on the ridge with its        Completed in 1971, it is the newest water-supply
     panoramic views of the remote interior of the             dam in the ranges. Walk down the sealed road
     Waitakere Ranges.                                         towards the harbour. There are toilets on the left
                                                               at the bottom of the dam face.

                                                               At the one-way bridge on the edge of Huia Bay the
                                                               Hillary Trail continues south along the shoreline

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                                          Nihotupu Stream

     to the entrance of Karamatura valley. (If the tide
     is high, walk on the road, but take care, turn up
     the driveway off Huia Road marked Karamatura
     Farm, when you get to the barn at the top of the
     driveway look for markers indicating the route to
     the Karamatura campground.)

     The shore route follows the high-tide level to the
     outlet of the Karamatura Stream. Look out for a
     hole in the rock at Haleys Point where the chain of
     a log boom was fixed. Before the bridge was built,
     people crossing the stream at high tide scampered
     across the bobbing logs.                                                              Kauri on Hamilton Track

     Cross Karamatura Stream and head inland on
     a wide grass path. This is part of the Manukau
     Timber Company Heritage Trail. Follow the path to      Kings of the forest
     the road and the entrance to Karamatura.
                                                            Growing up to 50m tall and living for up to
     Here you can visit the Huia Settlers Museum if it’s    2000 years, kauri are among the largest and
     open, and see the mast of the Orpheus outside.         oldest trees in the world. Their timber is
     From the museum, cross the road and begin the          straight, strong and knot-free. Te Kawerau a
     walk up the Karamatura valley. At the road end car     Maki made carvings and canoes from these
     park, check out the pou and follow the markers to      giants, and Europeans used them for ships
     the Karamatura Campground.                             masts and housing. Maori valued kauri gum as
                                                            a component in the ink for ta moko (tattooing)
                                                            and as chewing gum, while Europeans used it
                                                            to make ornaments, jewellery, varnish, paint
      Side trip                                             and linoleum.

      Huia Settlers Museum. Opposite entrance to            Kauri grow on ridges and north-facing slopes.
      Karamatura Valley. An excellent community-            Today, after the destruction caused by kauri
      owned museum of local history. It is open             timber milling, you will see the conical shapes
      1.30pm to 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday.                 of young kauri (rickers) rising above the canopy.

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     DAY 1                                                                                                                                                  DAY 3 CONT.
                                                                                                                                                            • Comans Track
                                                                                                                                                            • Mercer Bay Loop
     • Arataki Lookout
       Track                  Muriwai                                                                                                                       • Log Race Road
     • Slip Track
                                                                                                                                                            • Te Ahuahu Road
     • Pipeline Track
                                                                                                                                                            • Piha Road
     • Lower Nihotupu
                                                                                                                                                            • Ussher Track
       Dam Road
                                                                                                                                                            • Winstone Track
     • Hamilton Track
                                                                                                                                                            • Kauri Grove Track
     • Smiths Road
                                                                                                                                                            • Connect Track
     • Huia Dam Road
                                                                                                                                                            • Knutzen Track
     • Huia Bay foreshore
                                                                                                                                                            • Kitekite Track
     • MTC Heritage Trail
                                                                                                                                                            • Glen Esk Road
     • Karamatura Loop
                                                                                                                                                            • Seaview Road
                                                                                                                                                            • Piha Beach
                                                                                                                                                            • Marawhara Walk
                                                                                                                                                            • White Track
                                                                                                                                                            • Anawhata Road
     Day 1 alternate option                                                                                                                                 CRAW CAMPGROUND
     via public transport
                                                                                                                                                            DAY 4
     DRIVE                                                                                                                                                  CRAW CAMPGROUND
     • Exhibition Drive                                                                                                                                     •   Anawhata Road
     • Pipeline Road                                                                                                                                        •   Kuataika Track
     • Pipeline Track                                                                                                                                       •   Houghton Track
     MEETS THE TRAIl AT                                                                                                                                     •   Lake Wainamu Track
     THE INTERSECTION                                                                                                                                       •   Te Henga Walkway
     WITH THE SlIP TRACK                                                                                                                                    •   Constable Road
     (NOTE THIS BYPASSES                                                                                                                                    •   Oaia Road
     ARATAKI)                                                                                                                                               •   Edwin Mitchelson
     DAY 2                                                                                                                                                  •   Lookout Track
     KARAMATURA                                                                                                                                             •   Quarry Track
     CAMPGROUND                                                                                                                                             •   Waitea Road
     • Karamatura Loop                                                                                                                                      •   Takapu Refuge Walk
       Walk                                                                                                                                                 MOTUTARA ROAD,
     • Karamatura Track                                                                                                                                     MURIWAI
     • Donald McLean
       Track                                                                                                                                                Day 4 alternate public
     • Puriri Ridge Track
     • Omanawanui Track                                                                                                                                     transport and winter
     • Gibbons Track                                                                                                                                        option
     • Muir Track                                                                                                                                           CRAW CAMPGROUND
     PARARAHA                                                                                                                                               •   Anawhata Road
     CAMPGROUND                                                                                                                                             •   Kuataika Track
                                                                                                                                                            •   Smyth Ridge Track
     DAY 3                                                                                                                                                  •   Long Road Track
     PARARAHA                                                                                                                                               •   Upper Kauri Track
     CAMPGROUND                                                                                                                                             •   Auckland City Walk
     • Pararaha Valley                                                                                                                                      •   Anderson Southern
       Track                                                                                                                                                    Access
     • Buck Taylor Track                                                                                                                                    •   Peripatus Track
     • Zion Hill Track                                                                                                                                      •   Swanson Pipeline
     • Pohutukawa Glade                                                                                                                                         Track
       Walk                                                                                                                                                 •   Tram Valley Road
     • Karekare &                                                                                                                                           •   Swanson Road
       Watchmans Rds                                                                                                                                        SWANSON TRAIN OR
                                                                                                   *                                                        BUS STATION

18                                *This option indicates our recommended tramping route for access to and from public transport at Titirangi and Swanson.                            19
     Day One alternative start at Titirangi –            Day Two
     public transport option                                  Karamatura to Pararaha
     This option begins at Titirangi Village, which is        14.5km 8-9 hours
     accessible by public transport. It bypasses the
     Arataki Visitor Centre, and it adds 6km to the      The day starts on the Karamatura Loop Walk with
     journey. The first Hillary Trail marker post will   a stretch of gravel path through lush growth beside
     appear at Exhibition Drive.                         the Karamatura Stream to the junction with Tom
                                                         Thumb Track. From here it is uphill on Karamatura
     Go west from Titirangi on Titirangi Road, passing   Track to Karamatura Forks. which marks the end
     historic Lopdell House and looking ahead for        of the climbing – for now. Turn left onto Donald
     the Three Bush Markers sculpture on the traffic     McLean Track. At the junction, with Puriri Ridge
     roundabout. The artwork is inspired by fungus,      Track, turn right. Alternatively, make the side trip
     lichen and algal forms.                             to the 389m summit of Mt Donald McLean.
     Walk along Scenic Drive to the intersection with
     Woodlands Park Road, the car park next to the
     large concrete filter station marks the start of
     Exhibition Drive and the Hillary Trail.

     At the end of Exhibition Drive turn onto Pipeline
     Road. After 2km turn right for a short section
     of Pipeline Track, before rejoining the main
     description at the junction with Slip Track.

                                                         The Hillary Trail
                                                             Hillary Trail                 Other Public Open Space    Other campground
                                                              dots: change of track name
                                                             Road walking                  Beach and wetlands         Emergency telephone
                                                              dots: change of road name
                                                             Beach walking                 Private land               Store / takeaway
     Water for Auckland                                      ARC Parkland                  Hillary Trail campground   Toilets

     The first temporary dams in the Waitakere
     Ranges were completed in 1902 and the water
     sent to Western Springs in a cast-iron pipe. Over
     the next 70 years tramways were laid, workers’
     camps built, quarries dug and rock blasted –
     and five permanent dams were constructed
     and five valleys flooded. Today these reservoirs
     supply a quarter of Auckland’s bulk water.

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                                                                The Gibbons family
                                                                The Gibbons were pioneers of timber milling.
                                                                They set up their first mill at Huia in 1853 and,
                                                                                          later, members of the
                                                                                          family had busy mills at
                                                                                          Whatipu and Pararaha,
                                                                                          with tramways linking
                                                                                          to their wharf at
                                                                                          Paratutai. In the late
                                          Puriri Ridge Track    19th century Whatipu was a milling village,
                                                                but when the mill closed down the Gibbons
     Pick your way down to Whatipu Road on Puriri               family started taking in guests at their Whatipu
     Ridge Track. There are views to the remote                 homestead. The 1870 homestead is now part
     Whatipu valley and the mouth of the Manukau                of the Whatipu Lodge complex, including a
     Harbour, scene of the Orpheus disaster. You will           campground, and a bach, on the Waitakere
     hear and smell the sea.                                    Ranges Regional Park.

     Shortly after passing the Kura Track turnoff, cross
     Whatipu Road. Omanawanui Track crosses two                There is a good opportunity to refill your water
     distinct high points, but the breathtaking views          bottles at the tap by the public toilet. The water
     of Whatipu, South Head, the harbour, and beyond           here goes through the lodge’s UV treatment
     make the exertion worthwhile.                             system, so it is safe to drink.
     Omanawanui Track finishes at the mouth of the             From the car park follow the track beside
     valley near historic Whatipu Lodge. Part way              the campground fence in the direction of the
     down the final descent there is an optional side          headland. Cross a footbridge, then step onto the
     trip on Signal House Track to the site of the             hillside and start up Gibbons Track. There are two
     harbourmaster’s house.                                    points where uninterrupted views of Whatipu and
                                                               the cliffs are dizzying. Less than a hundred years
                                                               ago, most of the swamps, salt meadows and sand
      The wreck of the Orpheus                                 fields below you were under the sea. Home to
                                                               many unusual plant and bird species, the beach is
      New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster                    now a scientific reserve.
      occurred in 1863, when HMS Orpheus, a
      steam corvette carrying British troops for the           At the next intersection take Muir Track which
      New Zealand Wars foundered on the Manukau                drops steeply into the Pararaha Valley. Halfway
      Harbour bar. As many as 189 men and boys                 down it crosses an exposed rocky bluff – take
      died in the tragedy – although some of the               your time and make sure of each foot placement.
      missing may have survived but in the mayhem              The Pararaha campground is at the edge of the
      taken their chance to desert.                            Pararaha Stream in the lee of the hill you have just
                                                               descended. In the gorge around the campground
                                                               the volcanic conglomerate rock of the ranges is on
                                                               clear display.

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                                                             Day Three
                                                                  Pararaha to Craw Campground
                                                                  17km 8-9 hours
                                                             Follow Pararaha Valley Track towards the sea for
                                                             five minutes before wading across the stream. The
                                                             track continues through harakeke (flax) fields and
                                                             beside the ever-changing wetland. You may also
                                                             be able to identify raupo, rush and various sedges.
                                                             Bird life includes bitterns, fernbirds and pukeko.

                                                             A section of boardwalk brings you to your turnoff
                                                             onto Buck Taylor Track. Make a short but steep
                                                             ascent before turning onto Zion Hill Track. This is a
                                                             long uphill track through a variety of forest habitats
                                                             including kauri. Branch off onto Zion Ridge Track.
                                                             Stay on Zion Hill Track and begin the descent to

                                                             At the grassy clearing at the end of the track, turn
                                                             right and stroll along Pohutukawa Glade Walk to
                                                             the road. The trees in the glade are fine examples
                                                             of the spreading habit of pohutukawa.
                                   Ninepin Rock at Whatipu
                                                             You will see the main Karekare car park on your
                                                             left, across the stream. Here you will find toilets
                                                             and a lovely pou. The isolated valley was farmed
     Side trips                                              until the 1880s, when the area was given over to
                                                             timber milling.
     Mt Donald Mclean. Adds 1.5km. Extensive
     views in all directions. Walk for a couple of           At the road you have the option of turning right up
     minutes to a car park then follow signs to the          Lone Kauri Road for a short side trip to Karekare
     lookout. Look out for Waitakere rock koromiko,          Falls, which would make an excellent spot for a
     a hebe that is found only in the ranges. Its            break. Otherwise turn left onto the road, cross
     stems and new leaves are maroon, its flowers            bridge, and shortly after left again into Watchmans
     white tinged with purple.                               Road. Look out for historic Winchelsea House,
                                                             originally the mill manager’s house, which became
     Signal House Track. Short track to the wild and
                                                             a boarding house for tourists. Comans Track starts
     windy site of Captain Thomas Wing’s house,
                                                             at the end of the road.
     which had to be chained to the hillside. Wing,
     the harbourmaster and pilot, lived here with            Snaking up the top edge of the cliffs, Comans
     his family in the mid 19th century. When a ship         Track has dramatic views south down the coast
     approached the bar he would race down the               over the rocky spine of the Watchman to Whatipu,
     hill then up iron ladders to the signal mast on         and north into remote Mercer Bay. There are many
     Paratutai Island to send instructions.                  examples of rare native plants along this track.

                                                             At the intersection with Ahu Ahu Track, turn left.
                                                             Another junction soon appears. Take the left option
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                                                                                         carried out identifying radio stars. Walk along Log
                                                                                         Race Road and Te Ahuahu Road. At the northern
                                                                                         end turn right onto Piha Road, a busy road with
                                                                                         fast-moving traffic. Take great care crossing the
                                                                                         road and stay on the grass verge where possible.

                                                                                         In about 15 minutes you will be able to step off
                                                                                         Piha Road and onto Ussher Track. Follow this down
                                                                                         to Winstone Track and onto Ussher Cross. Here
                                                                                         your journey continues on Kauri Grove Track. The
                                                                                         track crosses Glen Esk Stream above the Kitekite
                                                                                         Falls. Downstream of the crossing are several
                                                                                         plunge pools with dramatic views over the forest.
                                                                                         This was the site of the Glen Esk Dam.

                                                                                         On the other side of the stream turn left onto
                                                                                         Connect Track, which descends through kauri and
                                                                                         tanekaha. At the bottom, turn left onto Knutzen
                                                                                         Track (named after the Danish Piha mill manager)
                                                                                         and pass the base of the impressive Kitekite Falls.
                                                                                         At the falls, cross the stream and make your way
                                                                                         down the valley, to join Kitekite Track.

     The Hillary Trail                                                                   In the car park at the end of Glen Esk Road there
                                                                                         are toilets and a drinking fountain. This area was
                                                                                         the location of the Piha sawmill with a small
         Hillary Trail                 Beach and wetlands         Surf lifesaving club
          dots: change of track name                                                     village with single men’s quarters, mill houses for
         Road walking                  Private land               Store / takeaway       families, a store, a school and a hall.
          dots: change of road name
         Beach walking                 Hillary Trail campground   Cafe

         ARC Parkland                  Other campground           Toilets
         Other Public Open Space       Emergency telephone
                                                                                          An expensive mistake
                                                                                          At the top of Kitekite Falls, U-shaped notches
                                                                                          reveal where the Glen Esk Dam was set into the
      again, the Mercer Bay Loop Walk, and follow
                                                                                          rock. Ebenezer Gibbons built the dam in 1911
      this to Te Ahua Point, once a very significant Te
                                                                                          to drive logs to the Piha Mill, from where sawn
      Kawerau a Maki pa site. There is a view of the
                                                                                          timber was taken on the coastal tramline to the
      highest cliffs in the Auckland region, remnants of
                                                                                          wharf at Whatipu. The dam released logs only
      lava flows from the Waitakere Volcano.
                                                                                          once, as the 40m drop followed by a narrow
      After the point a cliff-edge track with views as far                                gorge saw more logs destroyed or jammed than
      north as Muriwai and the Kaipara Harbour takes                                      were retrieved. After that, it was used to send
      you up into the bush and then to the end of Log                                     a torrent of water into the Glen Esk Stream to
      Race Road. This was the site of a WW2 radar                                         flush waiting logs down to the mill.
      station where some famous investigations were

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                                                                   will take you through to Les Waygood Park and
                                                                   onto the road. Turn right and go over the bridge
                                                                   to the start of Marawhara Walk which leads to
                                                                   the White Track, this is part of the old tramway
                                                                   route which brought logs from Anawhata to the
                                                                   Piha Mill.

                                                                   The track passes through a beautiful nikau grove
                                                                   and climbs to meet Anawhata Road.

                                                                   Turn right onto Anawhata Road and make your way
                                  Wetland from Buck Taylor Track   to the campground at the old Craw Homestead,
                                                                   about 1.5km away. You will pass Kuataika Track
                                                                   on your left, where you will rejoin the Hillary Trail
     Walk down Glen Esk Road and turn right over the               tomorrow.
     bridge into Seaview Road. Along here, the Piha
     Store sells provisions. It is open until early evening.
     Next to the store is the Piha Café. Here you can
     hire a locker to keep your gear safe while you                 Side trips
     head to the beach for a swim between the flags.                Once you’ve settled in at Craw Campground,
     You are also welcome to refill your water bottle               follow the track behind the shelter to a lookout.
     with treated water from the café tap. Post your                The remarkable view back to Piha makes the
     postcards at the Piha Post Office. The history of              short walk (5 minutes return) worthwhile.
     this community-run Post Office includes receiving
     the telegram that told the Rose family that Ed                 Karekare Falls. Adds about 500m to the journey.
     Hillary had reached the summit of Mt Everest.                  Turn right from the end of Pohutukawa Glade
                                                                    Track onto the sealed road. Within 100m you
     Follow the road to North Piha Beach and stride                 will spot a sign pointing you towards a picnic
     along the black sand as far as the United North                area close to the bottom of the falls.
     Piha Surf Club. Look for the distinctive tower. Just
     before the Surf Club there is an accessway which               lion Rock. (20 minutes return) From the beach
                                                                    at the Lion’s tail, the track climbs up his back
                                                                    and onto his shoulders offering grand views
      West Coast surf clubs                                         of Piha along the way. As well as having been
                                                                    an important pa site for Te Kawerau a Maki,
      In 1934 Piha Surf Life Saving Club became the                 Lion Rock is the focus of ANZAC parades with
      first of the five surf clubs on the west coast.               plaques near the base listing those who served
      Swimmers in difficulty were rescued by a                      in both world wars.
      ‘beltman’ attached by rope to an Australian-
      style reel or dragged onto a locally developed                Tasman lookout. (40 minutes return) At the
      teardrop-shaped surf ski. These days lifeguards               southern end of the beach, this track takes you
      use modern equipment, such as IRBs, to save                   to the top of the cliffs and wonderful viewpoints
      many dozens of lives every year.                              overlooking Piha and Taitomo Island. The track
                                                                    continues on an airy cliff-top route to a second
                                                                    viewpoint overlooking The Gap.

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         Day Four
                        Craw Campground to Muriwai Beach
                        27km 11-12 hours
                                                                                                                                     There is no treated water available until
                                                                                                                                     you reach Muriwai Beach. There are also
                Shorter daylight hours make Craw to                                                                            no good sources for untreated water between Te
                Muriwai a challenge. We recommend                                                                              Henga/Bethells Beach and Muriwai Beach. Make
          trampers consider the alternative finish at                                                                          sure you are well stocked with treated water
          Swanson (p34) during the winter months.                                                                              before you set out.

        Retrace your steps along Anawhata Road to the                                                                         Farm before dropping down to Anawhata
        start of Kuataika Track, which crosses Anawhata                                                                       Stream. In the later days of logging, timber
                                                                                                                                                     from a holding dam
                                                                                                                                                     downstream of this
                                                                                                                                                     crossing was winched
                                                                                                                                                     uphill, on a straight
                                                                                                                                                     line of tram tracks,
                                                                                                                                                     by a steam hauler
                                                                                                                                                     close to the Craw
                                                                                                                                                                             An equally steep climb
                                                                                                                                                                             on the other side of
                                                                                                                                                                             the stream becomes
                                                                                                                                                                             gentler as you approach
                                                                                                                                                                             Kuataika (265m). A
                                                                                                                                                                             very short side track on
                                                                                                                                                                             the left will take you to
                                                                                                                                                                             the rocky summit. Here
                                                                                                                                                                             there are views back
                                                                                                                                                                             to Anawhata and on to
                                                                                                                                                                             Raetahinga Point.

                                                                                                                                                                             Back on the main
                                                                                                                                                                             track, the junction with
                                                                                                                                                                             Houghton,      Wainamu
                                                                                                                                                                             Bush and Smyth Ridge
The Hillary Trail
  The Hillary Trail
                                                                                                                                                                             Tracks is not far away.

       Hillary Trail                                  ARC Parkland                            Private land               Hillary Trail campground            Emergency telephone
                  Hillary Trail
         dots: change of track name                           ARC Parkland                            Private land                Hillary Trail campground           Emergency telephone
                    dots: change of track name
       Road walking                                   Other Public Open Space                 Bus stops                  Other campground                    Cafe
                  Road walking
         dots: change of road name                           Other Public Open Space                  Bus stops                   Other campground                   Cafe
                    dots: change of road name
       Public transport option*                       Beach and wetlands                      Railway station            Surf lifesaving club                Toilets
                  Public transport option*                   Beach and wetlands                        Railway station            Surf lifesaving club               Toilets
      *This option indicates our recommended tramping route for access to and from                                       Pick up options
       public *This option Titirangi and Swanson.
                 transport at indicates our recommended tramping route for access to and from                                     Pick up options
                  public transport at Titirangi and Swanson.
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                                                           Follow the trail up the steep hillside to the edge
     A fair weather tramway                                of the farmland and head north. This section of
     The Piha tramway was one of the great feats           the trail, known as Te Ara Kanohi (the pathway
     of the timber men enabling the extraction of          of the eye), was the site of several important
     kauri from this rugged terrain. The narrow-           fortified pa in pre-European times. There is plenty
     gauge tramway carried logs and sawn timber            to distract you as you wind around the headlands,
     on trestles above wave-lashed rocks and               but some parts need all your attention and you
     shifting sands, below towering cliffs and over        may be feeling weary by now. Eventually the track
     steep hills to the wharf at Whatipu. It grew          turns inland across farmland and a steep climb to
     in sections between the 1870s and 1916. At            Constable Road.
     its greatest extent it ran for a full 14km from
     Anawhata Stream to Whatipu.                                 Be alert! You have more than 3 hours of
                                                                 road walking ahead of you.

              At this junction you are making a big        Turn left onto Constable Road and then left again
              commitment to continue on the Hillary        onto Oaia Road. Watching out for traffic, follow
     Trail to Te Henga/Bethells Beach and Muriwai. If      Oaia Road past Waitea Road, until you reach
     conditions are bad or any member of your party        Edwin Mitchelson Track. This leads down to
     may struggle with the distance still to cover,        Quarry Track, with views to the long sweep of
     consider turning inland here towards Swanson          Muriwai Beach. When you reach Waitea Road,
     (see page 34).                                        take the road to Maukatia (Maori Bay). Continue
                                                           a little further on the tarseal and finish on Takapu
                                                           Refuge Walk. Gannets arrive at the mainland
     To continue on the main route of the Hillary Trail,
                                                           colony on the headland in winter and spring to
     turn onto Houghton Track. At the bottom of the
                                                           reconnect with their mates and nest. Chicks are
     hill turn right onto Lake Wainamu Track. The track
                                                           abundant in early summer.
     goes around the edge of this dune impounded
     lake and ends at a huge expanse of black-sand         The walk emerges at the southern end of
     dunes. They have built up over thousands of years,    Muriwai Beach. This is the end of the Hillary Trail.
     damming the stream and creating the lake. At this     Congratulations!
     point the Hillary Trail follows the Waiti Stream to
     Bethells Road.
                                                            Ark in the Park
     Cross the road, keeping the bridge on your right.
     The trail continues on the other side of Bethells      A partnership between the ARC and the
     Road on the Department of Conservation (DOC)           Waitakere Branch of Forest & Bird, Ark in the
     -managed Te Henga Walkway. The flat land               Park is an open sanctuary project at Cascade
     upstream of the footbridge was the site of the         Kauri for native wildlife. Since 2003, intensive
     Maori village of Waiti.                                work has cleared pests and predators from
                                                            1100 hectares of parkland. This ‘mainland
     Make your way through a paddock before heading         island’ has become a safe place to reintroduce
     up the hill, then follow the track north to O’Neill    species driven out of the ranges by predation
     Bay. There are several private baches dotted           and habitat destruction. To find out more go to
     around as you travel through fields of harakeke
     and groves of pohutukawa.
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     Alternative finish at Swanson
                                                             Booking information
                                                             There is no charge to use the Hillary Trail. However,
            Recommended winter option.                       ARC campgrounds cost $5 per person per night.
                                                             They must be booked in advance and full payment
     This option for the Hillary Trail ends at Swanson,      must be made at the time of booking. There are
     which is accessible by public transport. It is          three ways to book and pay:
     18.5km, as opposed to 27km for the Muriwai
     option. It will take about 7.5 to 8.5 hours.            Over the phone: Call the ARC on 09 366 2000
                                                             or 0800 80 60 40 (freephone) and have your
     If you are being picked up in a private vehicle,        credit card ready. We accept Visa, Mastercard and
     finishing at the end of Falls Road in the Cascade       American Express.
     Kauri area is an excellent choice. This option is
     about 10km from Craw Campground.                        In person: Pay using cash, cheque or eftpos at
                                                             the ARC’s ground-floor reception at 21 Pitt Street,
     Walk from Craw Campground to the junction of            Auckland 1142.
     Kuataika, Houghton, Wainamu Bush and Smyth
     Ridge Tracks as described for the main route (page      By mail: Send a cheque with your contact and
     31). For the Swanson option, take Smyth Ridge           booking details to Auckland Regional Parks,
     Track to Smyth Corner. Turn right onto Long Road        Private Bag 92-012, Auckland. A member of the
     Track and take Upper Kauri Track.                       parks team will contact you when this has been
     The track leads you through mature kauri forest in
     the Ark in the Park open sanctuary area, where you
                                                             Parks staff should be advised within 24 hours
     may hear kokako and receive a visit from a curious
                                                             of the date of booking should you decide not to
     robin while walking among ancient giants.
                                                             proceed with your camp booking. No refunds are
     At the lower end of Upper Kauri Track a pou             given except when more than two weeks’ prior
     stands in welcome. (If you are finishing your trail     notice has been received in writing or if the camp
     experience here, turn left onto Auckland City Walk      is closed due to bad weather.
     and cross the swing bridge and make your way
     up to Cascade Kauri car park. There are toilets,
     drinking fountains and an emergency telephone

     Alternatively, from the Upper Kauri Track, turn right
     and follow Auckland City Walk to the junction with
     Anderson Track. After crossing the stream the
     track makes its way out of the valley, steeply at
     times. Turn onto Anderson Southern Access before
     reaching Scenic Drive.

     Cross the road to Peripatus Track which drops
     steeply and roughly before joining Swanson
     Pipeline Track. Follow this to the end of the track
     at Tram Valley Road. Sections are bare clay and will
     be slippery if wet.

     Turn right and walk along Tram Valley Road to get
     to Swanson and public transport.

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      Contact information

       Auckland Regional Council
       21 Pitt Street
       Private Bag 92-012
       Auckland 1142
       Phone: 09 366 2000 or 0800 80 60 40 (freephone).
              Choose option 2 for parks information.
       Hours: Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm*
              (including public holidays)
       Arataki Visitor Centre
       Scenic Drive, 6km from Titirangi
       Phone: 09 817 0077
       Hours: 9am to 5pm in summer
              10am to 4pm in winter
       Public transport information
       Phone: 09 366 6400 or 0800 10 30 80 (freephone)
       Hours: 6am to 9pm Monday to Friday
              7am to 8pm Saturday
              8am to 6.30pm Sunday and public holidays
       Huia Settlers Museum
       1251 Huia Road
       Phone: 09 811 8971
       Hours: 1.30pm to 4.30pm Saturday and Sunday
              Admission by donation
       Whatipu lodge
       Phone: 09 811 8860

       Piha Domain Motor Camp
       Phone: 09 812 8815
       Muriwai Beach Motor Camp
       Phone: 09 411 9262
       *Hours vary and are extended during peak periods. See website for details.

09 366 2000

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