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Wenderholm Again

In which Miles misses Waiwere Hill Scenic Reserve, and goes to Wenderholm.

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Some parks and scenic reserves are easy to find.  Google Maps (or Waze, which I’ve been using more often lately) will take you right there in most cases.  Other parks, the navigation app gets me next to it, but on a residential street, with no clear way through private property or into the park.  Waiwere Hill Scenic Reserve is one of these more challenging parks.  There is little helpful info online.  Google Maps shows it, but just takes you to that part of the Hibiscus Coast Highway and tells you that you’ve arrived, with nowhere to turn off.  More research is required.

Right after you miss Waiwere Hill Scenic Reserve you hit Wenderholm, so I went there instead.  I was welcomed by the familiar tree-lined lane pictured below.

Tree-lined lane entering Wenderholm, from Couldrey House Track
Tree-lined lane entering Wenderholm, from Couldrey House Track

I wanted to do something different, so I walked the Couldrey House Track to the top of the hill.  A lookout point on the way up offered a view over the Hauraki Gulf, beach, peninsula and the Puhoi River similar to the one on the Perimeter Track which I walked on my previous visit.

Puhoi River and Hauraki Gulf from Couldrey House Track
Puhoi River and Hauraki Gulf from Couldrey House Track
Puhoi River
Puhoi River

See the Auckland Council page for Wenderholm, and the map of the park.

Couldrey House Track is not a loop.  At the top of the hill I took the Puhoi Track.  The Puhio Track runs along a ridge toward the south end of the park.  It is mowed grass reminiscent of tracks through pasture that I’ve walked, but without a worn path most of the way – I chose my own path across the wide swath of grass.  At first, the view is over the Puhio River.

Top of the Puhoi Track
Top of the Puhoi Track

Walk a little further, and you’re looking over the Hauraki Gulf and the Waiwera River.

View of the gulf from the Puhoi Track
View of the gulf from the Puhoi Track

Puhio Track ends at Perimeter Track.  I chose to walk back the long way along the Perimeter Track.  I could have cut that short by taking the Couldrey House Track, including the part I skipped, but stayed on Perimeter Track for the longer walk.

Perimeter Track
Perimeter Track
Perimeter Track
Perimeter Track

I found Kokoru Bay beautiful again in the light of the approaching evening.

Kokoru Bay
Kokoru Bay
Kokoru Bay
Kokoru Bay

For many more pictures of Wenderholm, see my previous post on this beautiful place.

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