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Hapuakohe (Southern Half)

 

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Newcomers - You are very welcome - always phone the leader to confirm this walk is suitable for you

Remember to bring the advertised fare in cash with you on the walk

Saturday 31 August 2019

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NOTE:
This is scheduled for a Saturday so as to avoid the Sunday afternoon congestion on the Southern Motorway
Medium: Beginning at the end of Mangapiko Valley Rd, the track follows a farm track beside the Mangapiko Valley stream, crossing a small stream twice before reaching the Mangapiko Valley Scenic Reserve. Just before reaching the bush, there is a good outlook over the hilly farmland surrounding the valley, and a good bush walk to follow. The bush canopy is predominantly tawa, kohekohe, pigeon wood/porokaiwhiri and pukatea.

After 15 minutes the track emerges at a fenceline alongside farmland with great views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Follow up along this fenceline for 5 minutes and the marked track re-enters the bush. To reach Pukeitionga Transmitter Station it is a steep 10 minute climb along a fenceline on privately owned land. Extensive views are seen from the Station (488m).

The track continues along the ridgeline to reach Maungakawa 535m, then drops down through bush to Ohinewai Rd. Turn right and walk down Ohinewai Rd to reach the bus. Duration 4-5 hours.
Fit: After reaching Ohinewai Rd, a faster party could walk into the very picturesque waterfall area on the Hapuakohe North track and back again (possibly an extra 4km), then down the road to the bus
Leader: Martin Woodhead 021 397 734
Transport: Club bus   Driver: TBA
Destination: East end Mangapiko Valley Rd, 20km east of Ohinewai on SH1. Finish at Ohinewai Rd east by the No Trucks beyond this point sign
Departure: 8:00 am Club garage, 31 Sandringham Rd, Kingsland
8:15 am Marewa Rd, Greenlane, behind Countdown (NOT Omahu & Lillington Rds)
Approx. start time of walk 9.30am
Cost: $20 members, $25 non-members
Note: Early start today