Walking New Zealand

High Achievers: Thames Hospital staff scrub in Hauraki ranges

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Warkworth Walks turns lucky 13 from Friday 12 November to Sunday 14 November 2021. Brand new to the 2021 programme is the Takatu Rock Hop taking walkers along the southern coastline of Takatu Peninsula, visiting the beaches and bays along the way, and enjoying amazing views of Kawau Bay.

The walk culminates in a visit to Omaio, a stunning private garden that you won’t want to miss.

Also new for 2021 is Walk on Water, a walk and kayak combo trail that takes in the gorgeous trails between Snells Beach and Sandspit, and then a kayak trip up the Matakana River where we will disembark and stroll to Matakana village for lunch. The best of land and water.

But wait, there’s yet another new trail for this year! For the Kawau Old Coach Road trail, we’ll take the ferry to Kawau Island and walk the little-visited old coach road running along the eastern coast of the island.

There are glorious views of the outer Hauraki Gulf and Coromandel Peninsula, and the rocky reefs below. Our local guide has lots of stories to tell and there will be some fine hospitalit­y at the end of the road.

The Bigger Big Omaha Trail is going to reverse direction and go south to north this year in the hopes of having a swim at the end. At roughly

19km of uphill and down-dale, this is for serious walkers who enjoy a solid day out with spectacula­r views over Pakiri and Omaha Bay.

The ever-popular Vineyard Trail was tweaked last year and now includes a visit to Beetopia, an enormously popular stop. Meet the amazing host and her bees, taste the honey and buzz around the grounds. We also get to enjoy the artworks at Sculptureu­m, and visit several local vineyards.

Crowd favourite, Duck Creek Explorer, gets a change up this year to include visits to Bohemian Cider and a new private trail on Solway Farm. Still full of fun and tastings, it’s sure to sell out again.

Totally Tamahunga takes you to the top of our local maunga through regenerati­ng native forest. Tamahunga is one of the highest points in the region and the historic site of Otamahua pā. There are beautiful views from the summit and a well-deserved lunch stop to look forward to.

Mahu West Wonderland is back so you can enjoy the glorious views, native bush and gorgeous beaches

of Mahurangi West. It’s another recent addition to Auckland Council’s regional park network and you can see it before the rest of Auckland.

Lush native bush, peace and quiet, a solid walk, and a pizza and beer finale are the ingredient­s in the ever-popular Pohuehue to Puhoi Trail. Take it all in, along with some glimpses of the new northern motorway project.

Mahurangi Masterpiec­e is a longer walk across beautiful farmland that follows the coastline of Kawau

Bay. You’ll see picturesqu­e bays, and some spectacula­r coastal puriri and pohutukawa. Take a look at Auckland Council’s newest regional park before anyone else gets there.

The coastal classic, Goat Island to Pakiri, is back again this year. There is no finer way to see this magnificen­t stretch of coastline, incorporat­ing marine reserve, rocky shore, soaring hillsides and white sand beach. Truly splendid.

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 2021.

Website: www.warkworthw­alks. co.nz

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Left; Walkers on a coastal walk.
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Below left: Looking back at a great view of Orewa.
Below: On a dirt Track.
Above: A walk beside a stream. Middle left: Walking throigh a paddock of flowers. Below left: Looking back at a great view of Orewa. Below: On a dirt Track.
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Above: Walking over a rocky area.
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