TE HENGA, GOLDIE BUSH WALKWAY

 

  

  

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Access: 36 km from Auckland. North-Western motorway to Lincoln Rd turnoff. Right down Universal Drive to Swanson Rd. Past Swanson township to Scenic Drive and the Te Henga (Bethells Beach) turnoff. The track is signposted near a bridge, 1 km before the end of the road. An alternative entrance is from Constable Rd, off Oaia Rd, 10 km down the Muriwai Beach turnoff from Waimauku, SH16. This also gives direct access to the Goldie Bush section.

  

Length: Bethells Rd-Constable Rd, 8 km, 3-4 hours each way. Constable Rd-Goldie Bush ó short and long routes through to Horseman Rd, or a three-hour loop back to Constable Rd entrance.

  

Footwear/Clothing: Walking shoes or boots. Warm clothing as some sections are exposed.

  

Caveat: Te Henga Walkway section crosses private land. Closed for lambing 1 August ó 1 October.

At the southern (Te Henga) entrance is the start of a short two kilometre walk across dunes to the Lake Wainamu scenic reserve.

 

The Te Henga walkway begins on the other side of the road. It crosses the Waitakere River by foot bridge and rises, over a graded section nicknamed the Old Burma Road, to superb views of lagoons, dunes, and West Coast surf. Along the clifftop track, gannets diving offshore for fish are a frequent sight. The track exits, through a farm valley, at Constable Road. 500 metres north up Constable Rd is the Goldie Bush entrance. This track traverses the Motutara Scenic Reserve with its native trees, including large kauri, then descends to the Mokoroa Stream.

 

 The walkway divides, right up Goldie track to exit at Horseman Rd, or left, a longer tramp following the pretty Mokoroa Stream to a bluff with vivid views of the Mokoroa Waterfall. It then climbs steadily to link with the Goldie Track and exits at Horseman Rd. The Mokoroa Stream alternative means negotiating watercourses, and isnít well-marked.

 

 

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