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Rose Track is named after the family of Sir Ed Hillary’s first wife. He stayed at the family bach while he planned his many expeditions and he always said it was his favourite place to think and plan.
Marawhara Track goes through an area where there use to be a Maori village; there is still evidence of Kumara Pits. This area was also used during the II World War as an Army camp.
Meet at the carpark by North Piha Surf Life Saving Club. We walk a short distance heading south back down North Piha Rd, to the start on the Marawhara Track, crossing a stream to connect to White Track which is a steady steep climb up including many steps; this connects us onto a fire break where we get fantastic views back down the coast before coming out onto Anawhata Road. From Anawhata Rd, we then turn to the left to steeply descend the Rose Track which takes us down to Whites Beach.
At this point we can make a decision, based on available time and the tide. We should have time to walk the rest of Rose Track which takes us on a steep climb up Fisherman’s Rock Point at the north end of Whites Beach, where will get spectacular views up to Bethells and down to Piha.
From this point we can descend back to Whites Beach and walk to the South end of the beach then around the rocks (this is the part of the walk which is tide dependent). At this point we go up a rock face which has a wire rope bolted in place to hold onto. This takes us up to Laird Thomson track, on the saddle of Te Waha Point. We turn right to go to the end of the point, where we can have lunch with a view if we have not already had it at the beach. From here we head back down the Laird Thomson track turning right to follow it down to Piha beach which we will walk along until we reach the North Piha Surf Club, where our cars are parked.
Although there are a lot of hills in this walk (after all we are in the Waitaks), you will definitely be rewarded with an equal number of some of the most spectacular views you will get in the Waitakeres.
For another hill we can finish off going up Lion Rock.
8.45am SHARP we will leave Titirangi from the meeting point at the top of South Titirangi Rd in the Community centre car park (cars can be left here for the day if people can car pool to take fewer cars out to Piha) OR meet at North Piha Surf Life Saving Club carpark, North Piha Road
Start: 9.30am SHARP
Duration: 3 – 4 hours walking depending on walking pace and duration of breaks
Feel free to bring your togs for a swim. If the sun is out the sand will be HOT.
Difficulty: A bush walk on tramping tracks with some steeper sections. Tramping tracks are not always well formed. Good walking fitness is required as we will walk at a reasonable pace.
What to wear and bring: Good walking shoes, poles, water, snacks/lunch, sunscreen. Togs/towel if swimming.
We will leave on time in fairness to the whole group.
Refreshments will most likely be back in Titirangi not far from the community centre where some people may have left their cars.