Long Road Track provides a key link to many other tracks in the Cascades area. While following an old road may sound dull in comparision to some of the 'big name tracks' like the Auckland City Walk, Long Road Track is also a great walk in itself, especially with the recent upgrade work to improving the surface in stages.
For those with a bit more time to spare, a detour to the farms highest point (follow the hill to the west of the gate at the bushline) offers the reward of unrestricted views up and down the coastline. If you are planning on watching the sunset, take a torch just in case (and a jacket or blanket as it can be cold up there).
This is a working farm so please leave all gates as you find them.
Cascades Long Road Track details
From end of Long Road, old road ascends steeply partly through Pae O Te Rangi Farm then follows undulating ridge in bush through Smyth Corner to Simla.
What to expect
Suitable for people of reasonable fitness and experience.
Tramping tracks will:
Consist of formed and drained surfaces.
Be signposted at track entrances and key junctions.
Tramping tracks may:
Have structures in permanent wet areas but waterways will not generally be bridged.
Tramping tracks may also have limited track information, and steep grades.
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.