Labour Weekend 22-24 October 2022
Cape Brett Walkway
Perched near to the tip of the Cape with exceptional views, lies the light keepers house, now converted to a DOC hut. We’ll see lots of wildlife – including, we hope, dolphins.
Trip Grade: Medium (M)
Saturday 22 October: depart Como St 8.00am
Drive to Pukenui Forest – Kamo.
A beautiful, typical New Zealand broadleaf forest walk with many birds and trees. From the car park, access to the forest is through open farmland displaying some attractive dry-stone walls dating back to World War II. The walk takes you along the edge of the forest past regenerating native vegetation. Tomtits may be seen and the song of the tui can be heard. Taraire is the predominant tree on parts of this track.
Pukenui Forest and Taraire Ridge Loop - Northland, New Zealand
Time: 3–4 hr return
Distance: 8.2 km loop (or the full 10.8km option)
Turn right at the right at the forest entrance until you come to the second boot clearing station. The track follows the boundary fence for a short distance, crosses a stream, and arrives at an intersection. This is the starting point of the loop itself and from this point, you can walk the track in either direction. Meanders along the Mangere stream past kauri and totara trees following a historic logging road. Some steep climbs and descents.
Drive to Rawhiti Marae, Rawhiti. Approx drive time 1.5 hours
*Options for sleeping; sleep in the marae (marae style on the floor), pitch a tent, or on the bus.
Sunday 23 October:
Cape Brett Track – approx. 8 hours.
Cape Brett Track. The track traverses through native and regenerative bush. Straightforward through the bush from Rawhiti to Deep Water Cove (3-6 hrs), it continues along the Cape itself traversing a razor back ridge and then descends to the hut (2-3hrs). Track has a mix of steep inclines, declines and plateaus.
The water at the Cape Brett hut is often contaminated due to saltwater - bring all the water with you that you need for drinking and cooking.
Please bring everything you need for a usual away trip (sleeping bag, food, snacks, personal supplies etc). The hut has burner units however it won’t hurt to carry your own gas cooker. Don’t forget your togs and towel!
Cape Brett Track: Cape Brett, Northland (doc.govt.nz)
Night at Cape Brett Hut.
Monday 24 October:
7.30am depart for Deep Water Cove (approx. 2.5 hours/4km). Water taxi back to Rawhiti.
Head home to Auckland via Whangarei.
Town Basin & Hatea Loop Walkway including the Town Basin Art Trail
The walkway starts at the Town Basin marina, follows along the Art Trail and continues over 2 attractive new bridges to the other side of the Hatea River. There is a range of stunning local sculptures with an ocean theme, attractive information boards outlining the history of the area, including the Waka and Wave Sculpture by Chris Booth and Te Warihi Hetaraka.
Maximum Number for the trip = 20
Select your Saturday night sleeping option. All sleeping options includes use of toilet/shower and kitchen facilities at the Marae.
1. Te Rawhiti Marae, Rawhiti - $200
2. Rawhiti Campground (bring your own tent) - $195
3. Club Bus – $190
Cape Brett Hut and Track Fees included.
Cape Brett Water Taxi Included.
Full payment required on Registration please
Places on the trip will be allocated according to the order in which registrations are received, subject to approval from the Trip Organizer and the Club’s Health & Safety Officer that the person has a suitable standard of physical fitness and experience.
In the event of over-booking, unsuccessful applicants will be wait-listed and allocated if there are any cancellations.
Organiser: Amber Gladwin (027-838-9483)
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