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Following the decision by the Environment and Community Committee to close a number of tracks and implement a further programme of high and medium risk track closures, staff and rangers have been working hard to identify more tracks for closure.
A rāhui has been placed over the Waitākere Ranges by iwi Te Kawerau a Maki. This cultural restriction by the mana whenua of the area urges people to stay away from the ranges to allow the forest to heal. The council supports the principles of the rāhui and recommends alternative walking and tramping tracks across the Auckland region.
The list below includes tracks identified since the committee meeting on 5 December.
Long-term closures are in place for the following tracks:
The following tracks, which have been temporarily closed for more than five years, are now permanently closed and will be decommissioned.
If visiting open areas of the ranges, or any kauri forest:
Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Huia is a quiet settlement by the Manukau Harbour. It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, forest walks and campsites. It is a crucial water catchment area for the Auckland region.
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Take the north-western motorway to the Great North Road exit. Follow Great North Road onto Ash Street which leads onto Rata Street. Take Titirangi Road right through Titirangi Village to the roundabout. Take Huia Road, travel through Laingholm and Parau to Huia.
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At Huia and Little Huia there is a beautiful tidal bay.
There is wheelchair access to toilet blocks.
Huia is a crucial water catchment area for the Auckland region and the Lower Huia Reservoir is the most accessible of its five dams. Follow Huia Road through to Huia. Immediately after crossing the bridge to Little Huia, turn right and drive up the top of the dam to see the expansive views.
Includes Millbay carpark beside the muesum. Additional parking is available on the muesum paddock if ground conditions allow.
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The course is currently under construction and will cover the farm and surrounding valley area at Karamatura. The course will be easy to medium difficulty and suitable for instructing.
For Volunteering at 'Ark in the Park', see www.arkinthepark.org.nz or contact us on (09) 810 7014.
For the more adventurous, try the Farley Track/Kakamutua Ridge/Parau Track circuit. Click on the links below for track information:
There are a few short walks on offer to explore Huia. Head through the Karamatura Valley, up the hill on the Mt Donald McLean walk, or along the historic Manukau Timber Company heritage walk. Click on the links below for track information:
For 800 years Māori favoured this part of the Waitäkere Ranges because of its birds, berries and rich seafood resources, including shark. Many archaeological sites in the area reflect this long and intensive period of use.
Cornwallis was intended to be one of the first major settlements in Auckland but isolation defeated it, and it failed. Instead, in the twentieth century, it became a thriving beach community until it was acquired as a regional park, and the beachfront cleared of baches. The entire coast was exploited for kauri and a number of mills were set up. The Gibbons family pioneered the industry. One of their mills was situated at Whātipu and after milling ended, they established an accommodation house, with a post office, and held dances in one of the large coastal caves. The Gibbons’ homestead is part of the lodge still operating today.
In 1863 New Zealand’s greatest maritime disaster occurred at the mouth of the Manukau Harbour. The HMS Orpheus was wrecked and 189 lives were lost. Three of the sailors’ graves can be found just off Cornwallis Road on the Orpheus Graves Walk. The region has an important role as a water catchment area.
The Upper Huia Dam was built in 1929 on the site of an 19th century kauri log dam. In 1945 the Lower Nihotupu Dam was built followed by the Lower Huia Dam, which was completed in the early 1970s.
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