I rediscovered Kaipatiki Explorer, a guide to the parks and reserves in an area between highways 1 and 16 on Auckland’s north shore. Unfortunately it has been recently updated to the 2017 version, which offers convenient navigation, but limits how much you can zoom in, a problem on mobile phone when you need to have a good close look at a map. Fortunately I was able to pick up a printed version of this guide, and I can photograph the maps I need with my phone before I set out. I found it at Fernglen Native Plant Gardens. It looked like such literature is commonly available there.
The main entrance to Kauri Park on Rangatira Road is easy to miss. There’s a carpark that can fit just 8 cars, and the usual kit for cleaning your shoes, to try to keep out Kauri dieback disease.
I took the route that leads directly to the big(ish) kauri. The biggest trees here are a few hundred years, if I recall correctly. There are benches provided to allow you to sit and contemplate these big trees, especially the first group.
There are quite a few kauri to be enjoyed in this area. I’m not sure that’s a kauri in the pic below, but boardwalks are usually placed wherever necessary to keep people from walking on kauri roots.
I left Kauri Park on the path toward Soldiers Bay, and soon saw this plank path through the wetlands.
I investigated, and quickly arrived at Soldiers Bay.
On the other side of Soldiers Bay is Kauri Point Domain.
The tide was very low, so I decided to see how far I could walk on the foreshore to the north.
The rock shelf was muddy, but it wasn’t deep. I didn’t go far, but it looked like I could have continued.
When I got back to Kauri Park I continued clockwise to complete the largest loop. I went a ways down a side path that I believe leads into Muriel Fisher Reserve. Muriel Fisher Reserve is not listed in the Kaipatiki Explorer guide, and I’ve read that it isn’t being maintained, so info is limited, but I’ll go back for a look some time.
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