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This walk starts at the Big King Reserve from where we will walk a loop in a range of parks and streets. The Three Kings area is a volcanic centre formed 15,000 years ago when the 300 meter deep crater filled with lava and built three scoria mounds and overflowed into a 10 kilometre “river” through Western Springs to terminate as the Meola Reef the Waitemata Harbour. In the period of Maori settlement it was a Pa site, evidence of this can still be seen on the western slopes. The area is now Auckland’s largest scoria quarry which has resulted in a large pit and leaving Big King, which was gifted to Mt Roskill Borough Council in 1927, as the only remaining cone. Wonderful views of the Manukau Harbour and other parts of Auckland can be seen from here. Meeting Point: Main Big King Reserve carpark off Duke Street (which is off Mt Eden Road) Walking Time: Approximately 1.5 - 2 hrs depending on fitness of the group and our loop Walk difficulty: A mix of level paths, steep paths and steps. We will be walking at a brisk pace so suitable for people with good walking fitness. What to wear and bring: Good walking shoes, water, snacks, warm jumper and wet weather gear, TORCH We will leave on time in fairness to the whole group. Group members have indicated that they like to walk in a smaller group with a preferred maximum of 20. Therefore the limit on our walks will remain at 20. Thank you for your understanding :-)
This walk is in support of a community event called Walk and Collect Weekend. The idea is you go for a walk and collect a bag of rubbish. Please bring a bag for rubbish and gloves if you wish. https://www.facebook.com/events/221180109004562 The area we will walk is very picturesque and coastal. Unfortunately there is often a lot of rubbish in this area, some due to lazy, arrogant people and some due to the wind so would be great if you would join me on this lovely walk and lets give nature a little helping hand with picking up some of the rubbish along the way. There are a couple of places with rubbish bins and a couple of places we could leave the bags and collect them on our return so you won't have to carry the rubbish all the way. Walk will be about 14kms (quite a flat walk for me - one short, steepish hill down at beginning and up at the end), there is an option to shorten and either return to your car on your own or wait for the group to complete another loop and everyone return together. Whatever the weather this walk is very exposed so depending on the day you may need rain gear or sunscreen. Bring plenty of water, snacks, lunch and comfy walking shoes.