WEEK­END DRIVE

This month David Coxon’s search for the fa­bled Fields Track fi­nally bears fruit.

NZ4WD - - Contents - Story and photos by David Coxon.

Over the last few months I had read a num­ber of ar­ti­cles that men­tioned Fields Track. When the same name also came up in a few con­ver­sa­tions at work, I felt it was a mes­sage that this was a track worth ex­plor­ing. What bet­ter jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for a week­end away! Hav­ing con­firmed that Fields Track was one of the net­work of roads link­ing the val­leys be­tween SH4 and SH1 in the mid/lower North Is­land, I planned a trip that would take us up to Tai­hape via some back roads then across to SH4, pick­ing up Fields Track, be­fore a run back to Welling­ton. After the usual run up SH1 from Welling­ton, the trip started at Bulls with a de­tour out to the coast in the hope of find­ing ac­cess onto the beach. In this case we were out of luck, with the road end­ing a few hun­dred me­tres from the coast at the en­trance to a forestry plan­ta­tion. Although there was no beach ac­cess the road end it­self, a park­ing area on the fringes of the pine plan­ta­tion, made a very pleas­ant place for a late lunch.

Wa­ter­shed Rd was an en­joy­able, more re­mote-feel­ing track.

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