Newest section of river trail offers enjoyable walk
I’VE BEEN slowly chipping away at the Waikato River Trails this summer, heading out when I can to walk different sections.
The newest section to open runs north from Arapuni to the southern end of Lake Karapiro.
On Sunday I entered the trail from Little Waipa Reserve with the intention of heading south. The plan was to walk to the point I had reached late last year when Glyn Wooller from Waikato River Trails led a guided walk along part of the trail from Arapuni.
The track starts out parallel to Horahora Rd. Here the Waikato River is wide and almost lake-like. Before too long the road turns away and the amount of bush increases.
The highlight of this section is a boardwalk through the Huihuitaha Wetlands.
Here a canopy envelops much of the track and the range of native flora species increases greatly.
Unfortunately there are signs of possum activity but also some bird song. The construction of the trail differs from older sections, before the river trails were part of the national cycleway.
The track is much wider and smoother. Most sections are metal and there are no roots poking out underfoot. Had I brought my bike it would have been quite a pleasant ride.
The track is undulating but there is only one hill to note on this section.
The scenery changes every 10 minutes or so, from farmland to native bush, to the aforementioned wetlands.
The section through the Huihuitaha Wetland is a highlight of the new section of trail