A new bush track ready to be walked

The Northland Age - - Local News - By Peter de Graaf

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.

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