New Zealand Walks: Tainui Her­itage Walk

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Tainui Her­itage Walk is through a gully and hill-slope re­serve lo­cated near the south­ern edge of Have­lock North sub­ur­ban area in the Hawkes Bay.

A net­work of well-formed tracks fol­lows easy gra­di­ents, but there are some steeper cor­ners. This area is mostly un­der the canopy of trees, the shad­ing es­pe­cially wel­come in sum­mer. It is a good place to ‘lose your­self’ and ‘get away’.

The Re­serve is a gem. Walk­ing shoes and a hik­ing pole are rec­om­mended. His­tory Re­served from early days of sub­di­vi­sion the area was not re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated un­til the 1980s when a start was made to re­move ac­cu­mu­lated gar­den rub­bish and other de­bris.

In 1993 Have­lock North Ro­tary Club es­tab­lished Her­itage Trails. Ad­ja­cent neigh­bours, with Hast­ings Dis­trict Coun­cil, con­tinue with im­prove­ments and plant­ings.

A mix­ture of in­tro­duced trees, na­tive species, and gar­den es­capes make an in­spec­tion of the re­serve a good test for any per­son in­ter­ested in plants.

Look for dif­fer­ent forms of pi­nus ra­di­ata, cu­pres­sus macro­carpa, and pseu­do­suga tax­i­fo­lia (dou­glas fir); iden­tify the na­tives such as ma­hoe, karaka, ran­giora, kawakawa, etc; and tol­er­ate co­toneaster, fig, lo­quat, cape goose­berry, smilex and black­berry.

Birds too are a mix­ture of na­tive and in­tro­duced. Look for fan­tails and dun­nock (hedge spar­row); lis­ten for tui and song thrush.

Cul­tural in­ter­ests near Hikanui Drive en­trance in­clude earth works of an early Maori pa site. Mod­ern hous­ing de­vel­op­ments on the next ridge are an abrupt con­trast.

Con­crete water reser­voirs serve both Hast­ings and Have­lock North with water pumped from Here­taunga Plains’ aquifer.

Ac­cess is from four points, all with ad­e­quate park­ing: •Top ac­cess is from Hikanui Drive. •Mid­dle ac­cess (rec­om­mended) is from Tainui Drive.

•Bot­tom ac­cess is from Keirunga Road.

•Keith Sands Grove. (The eas­i­est to find quickly, but not the most con­ve­nient for ready ac­cess to the gully).

From the cen­tral round­about in the Vil­lage, pro­ceed up Joll Road to the in­ter­sec­tion with Tan­ner Street. Ahead is Keith Sands Grove.

A flat and grassed ter­race be­side Man­ga­rau Stream forms a recre­ation area with easy flat walk­ing and pic­nic fa­cil­i­ties.

At the far end is Keirunga Road ac­cess to the gully re­serve.

Above left: The track walk­ing to­wards Keith Sands Grove. Above Right: A cou­ple on the Tainui Her­itage Walk. Below right: The steps from Keith Sands Grove.

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