New Zealand Walk: Te Henui Loop walk­ing track

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Judy Eva

On the op­po­site side of the award win­ning New Ply­mouth Te Henui River walk and cy­cle­way (Walk­ing Mag­a­zine Septem­ber 2017) on the other side of the river there is a loop track not that well known prob­a­bly only by lo­cals.

It is to­tally dif­fer­ent from its sis­ter track which is flat and an easy grade whereas this one is so very dif­fer­ent and in­ter­est­ing with its ever chang­ing scenery and in­ter­est­ing land­marks it is also more chal­leng­ing.

The eas­i­est way to start this walk is from the rear of the old Te Henui Ceme­tery at the top of a hill that is amongst a stand of pine trees. At the bot­tom of the hill there is an ar­rowed sign­post with Te Henui Walk­way point­ing to the way up.

At the top of the hill where you can have a view right over the lovely old ceme­tery you will see a style over a fence lead­ing to a track across a pad­dock some­times with sheep in it.

On the right of the pad­dock there are large build­ings.

Once over the style fol­low the track to the end of the pad­dock where you will go through sev­eral old farm gates, check that they are closed be­hind you.

Fol­low the track up a slight graded hill and carry on un­til you reach some houses on ei­ther side of the track ex­it­ing onto a road (end of a cul de sac) be­side the Ti­man­dra Mo­tel, cross the road and enter the track on the other side (sign­posted) into the bush.

This is where you will de­scend down (sign­posted with Te Henui) the bank which has steps and will take you to the bot­tom and be­side the Te Henui River. Turn right and fol­low the track along­side the river. Here the area changes to bush and an un­even path.

Between the gaps in the bush you will

be able to view parts of the Te Henui Walk and Cy­cle Track on the other side of the river.

There are sev­eral sign­posts along the way tak­ing you out onto nearby streets, ig­nore these and keep head­ing straight ahead do not di­vert from the main track.

Stick to the Te Henui signs and even­tu­ally one signed Cum­ber­land Street. This is where you need to exit un­less you wish to turn back the way you started out (a lot of climb­ing back up the bank).

Parts of the track by the river are nar­row in places, hilly boggy in places if wet and rather un­even maybe not suit­able for any­one that is not con­fi­dent on rough ground. To do this track you need sturdy walk­ing shoes.

When you exit onto Cum­ber­land Street over the style onto the foot­path you can turn left, walk over the road bridge turn left again and con­tinue back along the main Te Henui Walk­way and over two bridges and a foot­bridge. This will even­tu­ally take you past two signed en­trances on your left to the ceme­tery which is above the walk­way be­hind the trees.

Keep­ing on the main walk­way you will fin­ish up at the East End Car Park.

You can be­gin the walk from the East End Car Park at the mouth of the Te Henui River where it flows into the sea.

The be­gin­ning of the main Te Henui walk­way is by the foot­bridge. Fol­low this walk­way un­til you see a sign point­ing right to the ceme­tery.

Once up at the top of the hill and in the ceme­tery turn left, to stroll to the rear where you will start your walk to the loop track.

You can also park in the ceme­tery in sev­eral dif­fer­ent ar­eas. If you de­cide to park there and have re­turned along the main Te Henui Walk­way you will take one of the two afore men­tioned en­tranc- es to get back to your ve­hi­cle. En­joy the beau­ti­ful gar­den ceme­tery while there.

The en­trance to the ceme­tery for ve­hi­cles is on the cor­ner of Wat­son and Lemon Street.

The ac­cess to the East End Car Park is from Nobs Line off Devon Street, Stran­don. The time for the round walk is two to three hours depend­ing on your pace.

The walk is dog friendly. If there are sheep in the pad­dock please put your dogs on a leash and un­der con­trol. Both Te Henui walks are dog friendly. The Loop Walk is not suit­able for bikes.

Above left: Hill at rear of ceme­tery lead­ing up to the walk. Above right and op­po­site page above left: The end of the first part of the walk ex­its along­side the mo­tel on the left. Cross the road and enter the sec­ond part by the sign. Be­low left: Down the steps to the river and bush walk. Be­low right: Fol­low the river.

Above right: Climb the style and fol­low the track to the gate. Right: The track through grass. Be­low right: The two farm gates to go through.

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