Running from the junction of State Highway 2 and Lyons Rd to State Highway 1 at Mercer, this track is part of the Te Araroa Trail.
Just over a century ago, there was a gold mining town called Puketui beside the Tairua River, off the Kopu – Hikuai road at the base of the Coromandel peninsular.
When Felicity told me she was planning to fly to Whangarei last Friday, I suggested that she forfeit her ticket and drive up with me in the campervan instead.
The Fairhaven Walk along the Weiti river would be better described as a “bush bash”, so it probably wasn’t the best choice of adventures on a damp morning.
A full tide just before midday today meant that we were able to fulfil an ambition to kayak up to the Matakana market for lunch.
This morning seemed like a good kayak day so after breakfast we loaded up the vehicle and headed down to the Okura boat ramp.
We kayaked up to New Lynn yesterday, taking advantage of a high “King” tide. Continue reading Upper Whau River
At 10.45AM this morning we launched our kayaks into the Hoteo River, at the boat ramp beside the State Highway 16 bridge.
A friend who is walking the Te Araroa Trail told us that the track through to Puketi is one of the most beautiful areas of kauri forest he has ever been in, and we would now have to agree. Our friend Mike hasn’t done much tramping in NZ so we invited him to tag along, expecting he would be impressed too.
Our friend Murray Faulkner is walking the Te Araroa Walkway, and when we heard he was about to do the Russell Forest section we decided to join him for a day. Yesterday he took a water taxi from Opua to the Waikare Inlet where he joined his wife Linley and their campervan. We drove up from Auckland and met them there mid-afternoon.
Continue reading Papakauri Stream
As we walked from the underground towards the Alexandra Park farmer’s market, we decided that the food we ate on our last visit was so good that we would patronise the same stalls. So we were disappointed to discover that none of them were there this week.
Continue reading New River and Pymme’s Brook
We intended to walk around Chesham today, but it turns out there are not many trains up that branch of the Metropolitan line in the middle of the day, so we switched to plan B on the way and got off the train at Rickmansworth.
Continue reading Rickmansworth
We saw another fox today, and this time Felicity got some photos!
Continue reading Brompton
After lunch today we caught the tube to Hackney Wick and joined the River Lee walk. We have previously explored up-river from here, but this time we were heading down stream to the Thames.
Continue reading River Lee and Limehouse Cut
When we began the River Brent walk last Saturday, we passed a signboard pointing to another river walk in the opposite direction, which looked interesting. These two walks are both part of the London Loop. Unfortunately today we made the mistake of returning to Richmond and crossing the bridge to find the sign again, instead of starting at Twickenham station as the trail notes suggested.
Continue reading River Crane
We started today’s walk later than usual, because we wanted to visit a farmer’s market just up the road that starts at 10 AM. Farmers in West Hampstead obviously enjoy an easy life.
Continue reading River Brent
The London Loop walk is a 245 Km trail around the outskirts of the city. We have walked along parts of it on previous expeditions, and today we walked the final two sections, totalling 16.5 Km.
Continue reading Upminster to Purfleet
We spent today walking through the Chiltern Hills, following the 16km Chess Valley Walk.
Continue reading Chess Valley Walk
I’ve ridden my bike about 50 km today, on the Thames path heading east past Greenwich to the Erith Pier and back.
Continue reading Erith