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August 15, 2010 - 25 went

Cascade Kauri & Waitakere Dam Loop

15 Aug 2010 ... Cascade Kauri & Waitakere Dam Loop

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  • Stephen

    25 of us met at Cascade Kauri carpark. A little bit of drizzle fell when we arrived but this stopped before we started walking ... We started walking along the Auckland City Walk, then up the Upper Kauri Track past some fine kauri specimens. A sign at the beginning of the Cascade warned this was suitable for experienced trampers only. We encountered newly built looking boardwalks, which displeased some, leading all the way down to the first little stream crossing. From there it was natural rough tramping track, and more magnificent kauri specimens were seen. The Cascade Stream was shallow enough to carefully rock hop across ... The Fenceline Track was a lot easier to walk and soon we were at Waitakere Dam. We walked up to the lookout which didn't offer the greatest of views, then down to the base of the dam. Water was flowing down over the spillway of the dam indicating the reservoir was full. We stopped for awhile here ... Then back up to the top of the dam and down the steps to the Waitakere Tramline Track. A wooden structure directed water from Kelly Stream over the tramline down into the valley below. Further along the tramline there were behind views of the Waitakere Dam and Falls (pictured here) in good flow. On the other side of the tunnel we arrived at Picnic Flats and stopped for lunch here. Some opted to sit in the shelter, some around the table outside, and 1 person wandered about aimlessly taking photos :-) ... Then we continued walking to the end of the Tramline Track (where the tramline enters a locked tunnel), onto West Tunnel Mouth Track, then left onto Anderson Track. This was mostly level to begin with then downhill a long way ... There was interest to see how full Waitakere Stream was going to be. It was too full to rock hop across so a shin deep wade was required. Some opted to take boots off first while others waded in boots and all ... Back at the Auckland City Walk, we completed the loop, walking past more impressive kauri trees and other interesting native vegetation, before returning to the carpark ... Although the sky remained overcast all day, the hike was rain free.

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