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 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. 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 

29th January: Chelsea Sugar Works/Kauri Point Centennial Park/Chatswood Reserve

We’ll see the best of the bush in reserves on the North Shore. Start at the Chelsea Sugar Works and walk through their bush area and join up with a network of interconnecting reserves and urban streets. This walk goes through some Navy land also. There are interesting views of the harbour throughout. Meet at the Chelsea Sugar Works car park.

Approximately 3 hours. Grade: Easy to moderate

5th February: Goldie’s Bush/ Mokoroa Falls

This walk takes us through some typical Waitakere Ranges forest to Mokoroa Stream which we will cross many times on our way up to the Falls. There is a short rock climb on this walk. Meet at the end of Horseman Rd, Waitakere. There is limited parking here, so carpooling is  a good idea. 3.5 hours. Grade: Moderate. If there has been recent rain the stream crossings will be more difficult. 

5th March: Mt Pirongia to Hihikiwi lookout

This track will take us to Hihkiwi lookout near the summit of My Pirongia with stunning views of the west coast harbours. The lookout is 800m from the Pahautea Hut, which could also be interesting to explore.  The track will be steep in places and could be muddy. The track starts from Pirongia West Road. Approximately 6 Hours. Grade: Hard

2nd April: Ambury Park/Mangere Bridge Foreshore
Ambury Park has lovely coastal sections and a collection of farm animals. In autumn migratory birds gather along the Mangere Bridge foreshore before flying North. This is an easy walk with views across the harbour. This area can be windy, so dress accordingly. Meet at the main car park in Ambury Park. 2.5- 3 hours. Grade: Easy 

7th May: Waitakere Ranges near Anawhata

This collection of tracks are a bit more challenging than most in the Waitakere Ranges. The tracks are likely to feel a bit rougher, and also interesting and less travelled. We’ll be walking up a few steeper sections. We’ll meet at the Quarry Track car park on Anawhata Rd. We’ll start by taking the Ridge Rd Track past the Alpine Club hut, then do a loop starting with Simla, and then come back on the Ridge Road Track. 5 hours Grade: Moderate to hard. Meet at the Quarry Track car park on Anawhata Rd.

4th June: Waitakere Dam

This collection of tracks will take us to Waitakere dam, some good view points and interesting tunnels. Meet at the car park halfway down Christian Road, at the beginning of Filter track. We will start on the Swanson Pipeline Track just before this. 3-4 hours. Grade: Moderate.

2nd July: Mt Te Aroha

The views along the way and from the top are well worth the climb. Carpooling is recommended. Meet at the beginning of the track near the the Mokena Geyser in the Te Aroha Domain. About 4-4.5 hours. Grade: Hard

6th August: Te Atatu Loop

Over the years the network of tracks around the Te Atatu Peninsula have been developing. There are lovely views across the harbour all along this walk. Meet at the car park in the Harbourview Peoples Park, which is off Te Atatu Rd at the Gloria Ave roundabout. 3 hours. Grade: Easy

3rd September: Arataki Visitor Centre/Nature Trail/Beveridge/Slip Track

The Visitor Centre is well worth checking out. We’ll start with the nature trail, which is a one hour loop with good interpretive signage and an impressive stand of Kauri.  This will bring us back to the Visitor Centre. Then we’ll do another loop taking in the Beveridge and Slip tracks which is steeper and will take about 2 hours. Hikers can opt to do the shorter first loop only, which will be easy, mostly flat with some steeper sections near the Kauri, or do both loops. Both hikes, about 3-3.5 hours. Grade: Easy (Nature Trail) to moderate (both loops).

1st October: Tawharanui

This predator proofed peninsula is spectacular. The beach is gorgeous, and there are more and more of our rarer native birds here every year. There are a range of walks so hikers can choose shorter or longer sections. Some bush, some open farmland. Its quite a drive so car pooling is recommended. Meet at the car park at the end of the road into Tawharanui. 2 to 4 hours. Grade: Moderate.

5th November: Waiheke Island Reserves

We’re going to beautiful Waiheke to walk the Forest Heart section of Te Ara Hura. We’ll walk though reserves, past vineyards, up to Trig Hill and along the coast. Take the 10am ferry to Waiheke. Meet us on the ferry or at Matiatia wharf. We’ll then take the bus to Rocky Bay from the Matiatia wharf, and walk through part of the Forest Heart walk.  Easy to moderate. 3.5 – 4 hrs not including buses and ferries.

3rd December: Whatipu Loop

We’ll walk in a loop through forest from the coast back up into the ranges, around to Mt Donald McLean and back down to Whatipu. Beautiful Waitakere bush, views from Mt Donald McLean and finishing up walking alongside and over a stream. Time: 6 hours. Grade: Hard 



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