Pram access short walk
This walk is a favourite for Auckland families. It provides a good introduction to the area and is one of the most beautiful walking loops in the Waitakere Ranges. Marvel at the huge kauri, one with a girth of 6.5m, and the large totara which were once used to make magnificent waka (canoes). A short side track leads up to Cascade Falls, set amongst towering rocky bluffs. Information signs along the way explain interesting features of this forest.
Auckland City Walk details
Walk starts from the swing bridge at the lower end of the picnic area and follows the bank of the Waitakere Stream. At the junction of Cascade and Waitakere Streams, a short track (150m) on the right branches up to a small gorge and waterfall. The main walk continues across the wooden bridge and along the stream to a second bridge, then ascends gradually back to the upper picnic area on Falls Road.
What to expect
Pram access short walks are suitable for most wheelchair users with assistance, mountain buggies, young familes and some types of walkers. All pram access short walks are part of the path classification of tracks and are suitable for people of most ages, mobility and fitness.
Pram access short walks will:
Have mostly level grades with all weather surfaces consisting of compacted gravel or similar.
Have a high level of signage with directional signs at the track entrance and all junctions.
Have all water courses culverted or bridged, and there will be no steps.
Pram access short walks may:
Have seats and viewing platforms at areas of interest.
Have some patches of rough surface that can still be navigated by assisted wheelchair.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.