THIS EVENT IS NOW CANCELLED DUE TO THE PREDICTED VERY WET and WINDY WEATHER.
Elizabeth will try to re-schedule this for a later date.
This walk is organised by Elizabeth and will be a two part walk.
First we will walk across private farmland owned by the Turner family to Jackie Peak. This is a climb of 148 metres, and from the top we will have great views of the Manukau Harbour & Heads. (Approximately 1 hour return).
Following a lunch break we will do the Huia Dam Road walk. We will need to drive back a short distance along Huia Road and park at the Huia beach car park at the beginning of Huia Dam road which has toilets, changing rooms and lots of car parks.
This part of the walk should take approximately 1.5 hours and is rated as an easy to moderate walk. Most of this walk is on gravel or grass covered gravel roads and not really along hiking tracks. The paved Huia Dam Road accesses the Huia Dam Track which will take us along the Lower Huia Reservoir, which is fed by the Huia Stream. We will then cross the stream (by bridge) and join the Smiths Road Track.
Frank has let us know (thank you Frank) that the Crusher Pipe Track as well as the Farley tracks are closed to slow down the spread of the Kauri dieback disease, but Frank says that the falls at the end of Smiths Road are nice so we will walk there.
Meeting Point: Whatipu Road Little Huia at Gate No 36. There is parking in the paddock here unless it is wet, in which case we will need to park at the car park on the main road and walk up from there.
Walking Time: 3 hrs depending on fitness of the group plus a lunch stop.
Walk difficulty: Suitable for people with good walking fitness.
What to wear and bring: Good walking shoes, good day pack with water/snacks/lunch, warm jumper, sun protection and wet weather gear.
Also bring a spare set of clothes for afterwards as we will go for coffee and food in the wonderful Huia Store Cafe for those who wish to do so.
Please make sure you are at the meeting point at 11.00 am as we will leave on time in fairness to the whole group.