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Whareroa Farm Reserve, Mackays Crossing, Paekakariki Catchment View Track opening June 18th 2017

Whareroa Farm Reserve, Mackays Crossing, Paekakariki
Catchment View Track opening June 18th 2017

After a year of planning and volunteer effort this tramping track was opened by Deputy Mayor Janet Holborow, helped by a group of children, on June 18th 2017.

Over 40 volunteers and supporters gathered to plant native trees then Janet unveiled the sign and children broke the tape to open the track. Sentinel totara trees were planted.

The Guardians acknowledge with thanks the support of Walking Access Commission Aotearoa who funded the signs, and Transpower who built the stile onto Campbell’s Mill Rd.

This is the last major walking track the Whareroa Guardians had planned, with the Dept of Conservation, in the Farm Plan prepared in 2012.

It starts in the centre of the reserve, below the Hub. It follows a shared track with mountain bikers to the Marines’ Water Intake, a 75 year old structure allowing sediment to settle before water flows to the farm reservoir.

At the Intake, the Kapiti Mountain Bike Club’s new downhill track joins (no walkers please) and the tramping track heads up the hill. It is a steep route up the ridge to Campbell’s Mill Road where walkers can choose to head south to Mt Wainui or north to the Whareroa north access and descend to form a loop (it takes a couple of hours) or they can head out to the Maungakotukutuku Rd. There are several seats along the way, made by volunteers. Views are amazing.

See the attached pdf for more photos

There is now a good network of walking tracks for all abilities at Whareroa; maps are available in the information bay. Whareroa connects the coast via QE Park to the Tararuas via the Akatarawa Reserve.

There are also horse and biking tracks. The Guardians hope many from the community will come to explore this fantastic reserve: just along the expressway – take the QE Park exit.

Thanks to Ann for the story and photos