Walking Tracks Whangarei
The Whangarei District Council maintains a number of walking tracks and bush walks throughout the district for the enjoyment of residents and visitors alike. WDC also work with other organisations to develop a network of paths and tracks ranging from easy access walking paths to tramping tracks for the more experienced walker.
The A H Reed Memorial Park is a magnificent remnant of the original Northland kauri forest. Maturing kauri trees known to be at least 500 years old can be easily viewed close up from a raised walkway through the forest canopy. The bubbling Wai Koromiko Stream runs through the middle of the park and the Paranui Falls, at over 23 metres high, is well worth a visit.
The site received recreational reserve staus in 1889 and was named in 1956 after A H Reed, a well-known author and publisher who had an interest in long-distance walking, the environment and kauri trees in particular.
There are several loop tracks through the park, and one is designed to be suitable for the less able and wheelchair users. Times given are for walking the tracks one way only.
More information HERE The new bridge Kotuitui completes the Loop Walkway between the Town Basin, Port Road and Riverside Drive. Walkers and cyclists will be able to take advantage of the 4.2 km pathway via the bridge, Te Matau ā Pohe and Pohe Island. A central rotating section will allow boats to continue to use the Waiarohia stream.
The Hatea Loop Walkway – Huarahi o te Whai, this fully accessible walkway is just fantastic for all users including wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
My starting point is the Riverside Marina on Riverside Drive. The Hatea Loop walkway runs in a full loop of 4.2 k along both sides of the Hatea river, the Riverside Drive side passes by the Riverside Drive boat sheds and back onto the walkway alongside the river and then tracks pass the marina where the boats lay at anchor, then its left across the canopy bridge and follow the path towards Te Kakano
(The Seed) an architectural sculpture in the shape of a koru using all the elements of Hundertwasser’s style. A beautiful and intriguing structure that has been created to give the builders and artists the opportunity to adapt their skills for the proposed construction of the Hundertwasser Art Centre with Wairau Maori Art Gallery. The HAC will be 100 times the size of Te Kākano and building is planned to commence in 2017 when all necessary funds are raised.