A new bush track ready to be walked
Kerikeri residents and visitors have another bush walking option, and another waterfall to admire, thanks to the efforts of a band of dedicated volunteers.
The new track starts at the Dalton Memorial Reserve on Inlet Rd, about midway between Cobham Rd and Pickmere Lane, and descends through forest beside a tributary of the Wairoa Stream for about 350 metres. It then links up with the existing Wairoa Stream track, which runs from the Stone Store to the Cobham Rd bridge via Te Wairere Falls, creating a loop option and a better access point for Inlet Rd residents.
On the way the track passes another waterfall, smaller in height and volume than Te Wairere Falls but pretty nonetheless.
The was track opened without fanfare last week, and is not yet signposted, but it’s easy to find — look for the Dalton Memorial Reserve sign and a newly-made gravel car park. It descends fairly steeply, so care should be taken in the wet.
The new link track is a project by community group Vision Kerikeri, which also masterminded the Wairoa Stream track, with the Friends of the Wairoa Stream putting in the hard labour and the Far North District Council putting in the car park.
It is built on land donated by the estate of John Dalton, the founding editor of the Bay Chronicle newspaper and the driving force, along with Doug Turner, behind the construction of Kerikeri’s Turner Centre.
The Dalton Track isn’t the only new development in the network of trails Vision Kerikeri is creating. Chairman Rod Brown said the Kerikeri Rotary Club was about to start work on a bridge across a stream between Sammaree Place and Campbell Lane, where the walkway continues on the other side of the Cobham Rd bridge.
Once complete it would create a 3.5km circular route via Campbell Lane and Shepherd Rd back to Inlet Rd. It would also give Campbell Lane and Shepherd Rd residents access via bush tracks to Mill Lane and all the way to the Stone Store.