READ MORE: * More Auckland tracks and parks closed due to threat of kauri dieback disease * West Aucklanders face $20,000 fine for walking dogs in bush closed over kauri dieback * Proposal put forward to open more tracks in Auckland regional park plagued with kauri dieback. There are no public transportation options to get you there so you will need to stick to those two. The rāhui only covers the forest and does not include the roads, beaches, open space land adjacent to beaches, wetlands, lakes, dunes, paddocks, rocks, meadows, grass berms, cafes, the sea, golf courses, houses or surf clubs. Many of the Kauri that are dying are actually inaccessible so humans have no part in their demise. You can make your official submission to Auckland Council right here. Photo: Getty . When visiting open tracks in the forested area, you must follow the requirements of the Controlled Area Notice. Sign up now for the latest news from around the Motu & Te Ao Māori direct to your inbox, © 2020 Copyright Māori Television - All rights reserved | Terms of Access, 8,000 burpees in one week to beat tāne Māori mental health issues, Tāmaki Makaurau design shakes up Auckland, Master butcher Riki Kerekere honoured for meat industry contribution, Auckland gallery under scrutiny for ‘People of Colour’ exhibition, Kirihimete Koha campaign to feed hungry tamariki. At one point or another you will want to stop and get a bite to eat (I took my break right after the visit to Kitekite). amzn_assoc_search_bar = "false"; "Our focus has always been providing the best possible balance between kauri protection and recreation and we believe this will be delivered.". We've done public consultation on that track plan and now we're busy implementing it.". It comes just one week after more Auckland tracks and parks were closed due to the kauri dieback threat. Unfortunately, many of the trails within the ranges are closed due to a disease that is killing the kauri trees of the region. Auckland Council manager regional parks Rachel Kelleher said the vandalism at closed tracks in the Waitākere Ranges, in West Auckland, was disappointing. Getting to the Waitakere Ranges only can be done a couple of ways.

amzn_assoc_title = ""; ), it is time to hop back in your car and down to the beach. Feedback to the initial plans, that would reopen 35 tracks over the next five years, showed 61 per cent of people disagreed, saying it didn't provide a good balance of recreation experiences and forest health. This guide will go over 7 of the best walks in the Waitakere Ranges and help get you on your way to experience them for yourself! Kauri dieback disease on the Maungaroa Ridge Track in the Waitakere Ranges in Piha (file image). Answer: Priority should be given to those on the FOREST EDGE and in COASTAL AREAS before opening those within the forest. Are there any specific tracks that are currently in the future work programme that you think should be removed? They're absolutely shocking. Do you want to stay up to date and receive the latest travel iTINeraries, guides and tips to better plan your next trip around the world? Once there you should have no problem getting from one place to the next. This consultation is now live and will be running through until the 14th of March 2019. More information on Auckland’s regional parks can be found on the council’s website. Fences at tracks closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback at one of Auckland's biggest forests have been deliberately vandalised by "selfish" people, local authorities revealed. He said compliance officers and kauri dieback ambassadors would continue to give advice to walkers, runners and hikers over the summer. I ended up at Piha Cafe, a great spot with everything from eggs to burgers to pizza. With the summer season, fast approaching hikers and trampers need to be vigilant when taking a stroll through these ranges. A forest is a living thing, it has a life cycle like anything else, Kauri have a life cycle too, they die like all other living things on our planet. More tracks will be upgraded and reopened in the Waitākere Ranges over the next five years after strong opposition to a previous proposal. Now if you are driving on your own do note that some of the roads down can be quite curvy and dangerous. So with that said let’s get into it! "Their behaviour means staff focus and resources are diverted away from getting on with the work needed to reopen tracks for everyone to enjoy to repairing those that have been damaged.". "It will ensure that these beautiful tracks, and precious kauri trees, in a special part of our region can be enjoyed by generations to come.". Release Date: Nov 14, 2019. 4. When visiting open tracks, you must comply with the Controlled Area Notice, a legal measure requiring people not take any soil into, or out of, the park and making the use of hygiene stations mandatory. You will find an incredibly helpful information center with knowledgeable guides to better explain what the ranges are all about.
Also don’t forget to check out some of the other New Zealand guides I have up on the site! Location of Waitakere Walks & Attractions, 4. Forest & Bird believes that if council focuses on building high quality tracks which stop the movement of any soil, and that they only open tracks that are on the forest edge and coastal areas rather than in the centre of the forest, we can better protect these precious kauri forests from further infection.

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