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Mt William and Te Araroa from SH2 to Mercer


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

Sunday 25 November 2018

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Details: This is a two part walk, the first part over Mt William, itself in open farmland but descending into attractive bush. The second part includes part of the Te Araroa walkway which follows the Mangatawhiri river.
Medium: Ascend via the Mt William Walkway through farmland in the Bombay Hills to Mt William (373m), providing great views in all directions. A steady descent through bush on the other side will take us to the bus waiting for us at McMillan Rd. Duration 2-3 hours A short shuttle trip along SH2 will take us to a drop-off point past the Mangatawhiri River bridge, to which we then return, now on the Te Araroa route that has just left the Hunuas and is on its way to the Waikato River. This track opens up a little-seen corner of New Zealand that you'll overlook from the stopbank, Dutch Polder-style agriculture. It follows the Mangatawhiri River from the SH2 bridge south-west to the exit at McIntyre Road. From there a short road walk takes us to a further section of the trail that ends at the Mercer service centre and the waiting bus ... after any local refreshments that people require. Duration 2-3 hours
Leader: Russell Allen, Ph 09 276 8770 mob 021 0480380
Easy: Choose whether to do just the Mt William section or the Mangatawhiri River Track, staying with the driver for the section that you want to bypass.
Leader: TBA
Transport: Club Bus   Driver: Athol Berry
Destination: Puketutu Rd, Bombay Hills
Departure: 8:30 am Club garage, 31 Sandringham Rd, Kingsland
8:45 am Marewa Rd, Greenlane, behind Countdown
Cost: $10 members, $15 non-members