Event: Top ten with Wark­worth Walks to cel­e­brate mile­stone

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Luke Wil­liamson www.walk­ingnewzealand.co.nz

We can scarcely be­lieve it but Wark­worth Walks are 10 years old this year. So, to cel­e­brate that mile­stone, we are serv­ing up our Top Ten walks from Thursday 8 Novem­ber to Sunday 11 Novem­ber 2018.

Stick­ing with the recipe which has made the event so pop­u­lar over 10 years, we fo­cus on get­ting you to the spe­cial places you nor­mally can’t go and pro­vid­ing lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity along the way.

Hau­turu is back on the pro­gramme and guar­an­teed to sell out. This trip to New Zealand’s wildlife ‘ark’ is an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and a unique op­por­tu­nity to see en­dan­gered flora and fauna in a pris­tine en­vi­ron­ment.

New to the pro­gramme this year is the Jane Gif­ford & Wark­worth Her­itage Trail. This trail starts with a one hour cruise down the Mahu­rangi River aboard the historic scow, Jane Gif­ford.

Af­ter dis­em­bark­ing, our lo­cal ex­pert will take you on a walk­ing tour of Wark­worth, shar­ing sto­ries of pi­o­neer­ing days and the historic town­ship. We then take you on a short ride up to Wark­worth and Dis­trict Mu­seum in Parry Kauri Park for lunch, a mu­seum visit and time to walk amongst our lo­cal kauri giants.

Big Omaha Trail is an­other in the net­work of walks around the Rodney area that is striv­ing to pro­vide con­nec­tiv­ity for walk­ers, so that we can move to­wards some truly great multi-day walks in the area.

With spec­tac­u­lar views over Omaha Bay and great lo­cal hos­pi­tal­ity, it is a won­der­ful day out.

Mahu­rangi Mas­ter­piece is an­other an­nual sell out that gives our longer dis­tance walk­ers a good work­out. Hike across beau­ti­ful farm­land that fol­lows the coast­line of Kawau Bay. You’ll see gor­geous bays, a range of habi­tats and some spec­tac­u­lar coastal puriri and po­hutukawa.

The Cape Rodney to Sawmill Cafe trail is a good choice for any­one who loves stun­ning coast­line, farm­land, a

pretty har­bour, and pizza and beer – who doesn’t love those things?!

We also ven­ture west again this year with two trails – Glo­ri­ous Glorit and Ho­teo & the High Coun­try. Glorit fea­tures the peace and plenty of the Kaipara Har­bour edge with lots of op­por­tu­ni­ties for spot­ting na­tive birds and flora, and a lovely lunch along the way.

We walk be­side the Ho­teo River dur­ing our visit to the award-win­ning Dill fam­ily farm, which in­cludes 360° views from coast to coast from the peak of the Kaipara hills.

The ever-pop­u­lar Vine­yard Trail vis­its three lo­cal vine­yards and a cidery for tast­ings, with gen­tle me­an­der­ing across farm­land and trails in be­tween. There are panoramic views and a scrump­tious plat­ter lunch.

We are de­lighted by the re­turn of trails at Duck Creek and Po­hue­hue to Puhoi. These walks fea­ture glo­ri­ous views, na­tive bush, and the op­por­tu­nity to take in lo­cal food and bev­er­age. They re­ceived rave re­views last year and will al­most cer­tainly sell out again this year.

So, make a long week­end of it and take in a se­lec­tion of the great walks on of­fer. Check the web­site and plan your visit. Re­mem­ber to book early to avoid dis­ap­point­ment. We look for­ward to see­ing you for Wark­worth Walks 2018 (www.wark­worth­walks.co.nz).

Above: The sort of views walk­ers can ex­pect around the Kawau Bay coast­line. Below mid­dle: Walk­ers re­lax on the Hotea & High Coun­try Walk. Below: Walk­ers on a up­hill road on the Big Omaha Trail.

Above: Time for a BBQ on Glo­ri­ous Glorit.

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