Dyke hikes


This is the dyke hikes list for the year. Hikes will be on the first Sunday of the month unless otherwise stated. For the most up-to-date information check this site or our Facebook page.
If you want to join us on a hike please contact Ingrid at 027 222 0608 or by email hike @ lesbian.co.nz . 

Unless otherwise stated below, the walks begin at 11am. Bring all the food and water that you’ll need, clothes for any season, hat and sunblock.
The walks are graded into easy (okay for regular walking shoes, not many hills), moderate (boots recommended, expect a few hills and maybe a stream crossing) and hard (boots required, tracks may be rough, steep hills, reasonable fitness helps to enjoy these ones).
If you are not an experienced hiker we require you to have completed two moderate hikes before you join us on a hike graded hard. 

Kauri Die Back: this disease is killing Kauri in the Waitakere Ranges and beyond. To avoid spreading this disease please ensure all boots and poles are clean before entering any park or reserve and follow instructions for disinfecting boots on arrival at infected and at risk sites. For more information go to www.kauridieback.co.nz  We are staying out of the Waitakere Ranges in 2018.

28th January: Dunns Bush

This track is part of the Te Araroa trail and goes through private mature bush and some pasture. Meet the intersection of Ahuroa Rd and Remiger Rd, Puhoi. 3 -4 hours. Grade: Moderate to hard. 

4th February: Awhitu Peninsula

We’ll visit a few short walks, the lighthouse and some of the bays of the Awhitu Peninsula. Bring your togs if you feel like swimming. Meet next to the bus stop at the Pukekohe Train Station (Station Rd, Pukekohe) for carpooling. 4 hours. Grade: Easy.

4th March: Mt Karioi

Spectacular if challenging walk at Raglan. This mountain is often covered in cloud, creating a lush forest. There are ladders and a chain section and mud. We’ll walk to the top of Mt Karioi from the coastal side, and back down the same way. Amazing views from the summit, of Raglan and Kawhia Harbours as well as Mt Pirongia and maybe even Mt Taranaki. Carpool to the Te Toto Gorge car park. From Raglan, take Wainui Rd which becomes Whaanga Rd. The car park is sign posted off Whaanga Rd. Approximately 6-7 Hours. Grade: Hard

1st April: Duder Regional Park 

We’ll take the Farm Loop and Sustainable Trail out to Whakakaiwhara point where there is a Pa site, and come back along the north edge of the Farm Loop. This park has good views over mainly open farmland. Meet at the Duder regional Park carpark. 3 – 3.5 hours. Grade: Easy to moderate.

6th May: Tanekaha Forest track, Brynderwyns

This is a newly developed walk through public and private land. The track goes through regenerating forest with Kanuka and Tanekaha as well as mixed broadleaf and Podocarp forest in parts. There are great views from the top and a swing bridge to cross. Meet at the access point just off King Road. King Road is off Cove Road, on the right hand side coming from Langs Beach and just past the Mangawhai heads turnoff. Meet at the access point which is from 3km up King Road via an unsealed road on the right just beyond the second bridge. 5-6 hours. Grade: Hard

3rd June:  Kaipatiki Explorer 

This walk goes through a variety of parks, urban streets and reserves on the North Shore. It begins at Smiths Bush, at the cricket clubrooms off Northcote Road. We will relocate some cars to the end of the walk at the end of Rawene Rd before we start as this is not a loop walk. 3-4 hours. Grade: Moderate. Meet at Smiths Bush.

1st July: Okura Bush Walkway to Dacre Cottage 

This walk goes along the estuary through bush on a well made path to Dacre Cottage.

Meet at the carpark at the end of Haigh Access Road. 3 hours. Moderate to easy.

5th August: Oakley Creek/Mt Albert

This urban walk starts at Harbutt Reserve. We’ll explore the changes around Oakley Creek and the Waterview interchange as well as exploring the lush streets of the area taking us up Mt Albert for good views and a bit of cardio. Meet at Harbutt Reserve at the end of Harbutt Avenue, Mt Albert. .3- 4 hours. Grade: Easy to moderate.

2nd September: Rangitoto Island

We’ll take the ferry over to this rocky volcanic island. The island is covered in mainly pohutukawa with a some great kidney and other ferns. Astelia and other epiphytes grow out of the rocks rather than in the trees, making this forest very different. The walk up to the summit is worth is for great views of the surrounding harbour and city. Bring all the water and food that you need as there is none on the island. Meet at the ferry terminal in time to buy your ticket and catch the 10:30 am ferry. 3hrs Grade: Moderate.

7th October: Tapapakanga

We will zig zag through this coastal reserve south of Clevedon, and wander along the beach for part of the hike. Meet at the carpark in the middle of Tapapakanga. The Park is at the end of Deery Road. Grade: Moderate.

5th November: Atuanui/Mt Auckland walkway, north of Helensville 

Lush bush with great views at the summit.  There are large kauri and rimu growing here. Mt Auckland is about 70kms north-west of the Auckland CBD. The track is signposted 3km down Glorit-Kaipara Hills Rd, off Kaipara Coast Highway (SH 16). Meet at the start of the track. 3hrs. Grade: Moderate to hard. 

3rd December: North Shore Ramble

This hike will go from the Birkenhead War Memorial Park to Manuka Reserve. We will relocate some cars to the end of the walk, before we begin, as this is not a loop walk. This walk takes us through a range of reserves and parks linked by urban streets. 4-5 hours. Grade: Moderate – Hard (as its a longer hike). Meet at the end of Mahara Rd which is off the Highbury Bypass. 



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