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2016: Whareroa Farm Reserve - Te Ara Ramaroa Track
Plans for a track began advancing in 2015. Below we have a summary of a bit of history to the Te Ara Ramaroa Walking Track (official opening June 19, 2016, 11am - including a guided walk)
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This track was included in the Whareroa Farm Plan 2012. It gives access for walkers/trampers to an area of the farm away from the busy central zone and mountain bikes.
It passes through native plantings, then Ramaroa Bush comprising mainly kohekohe and tawa. It then ascends the remote Ramaroa Valley (grazed), crisscrossing the stream to the Whareroa Rocks at 320m.
Initially it was proposed to be both a tramping and horse track but the logistics and cost of including the horse route proved too difficult at this time. The decision to work on a tramping only track was made.
An application to NZ Walking Access Commission for a grant of $1,587.00 for the main signs was successful. Many thanks to Walking Access.
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- Working out details of the route, admin work and publicity
- Support from Dept of Conservation including chainsawing large tree falls across the route
- Liaison with and support from farm licensee Beetham Pastural and farm manager Drew Brown who transported posts and moved electric fence wire
- Clearing and mowing the route through Ramaroa 2010 plantings
- Removing redundant fencing and clearing water weed and fencing debris at stream crossings
- Excavating a path up the hill to enter Ramaroa Bush and improving the path through the bush
- Drainage work at entrance with pro bono contribution from plumbers Gavin Klee and Barry Stone
- Grubbing thistles along the route up Ramaroa Valley
- Building stiles, making signs and painting marker posts (recycled fence posts)
- Erecting marker posts and signs
54 volunteers took part in this process, over about 6 months. A total of 600 hours were recorded; costed at $20 per hour that is equivalent to a donation of $12,000 from the community. Some of that work, clearing gorse and blackberry, was also beneficial to the Ramaroa Stream and plantings.
Many thanks to all involved!!