There are at least eight bush walks that lead into the Waitakere Ranges from Piha, ranging from short walks to lookout points, loop tracks to waterfalls, ‘and long haul’ tracks that link with the main track system of the ranges. There is also a great walk that starts in Whatipu and finishes in Muriwai and takes several days. If your unfamiliar with the area call in at Arataki Visitor Information Centre (half way between Auckland and Piha) on your way to Piha. They will be able to supply you with ideas, maps, weather updates and recommend suitable bushwalks to explore. This is the same coastline where films such as Xena and The Piano were filmed.
Kauri dieback disease
Also known as PTA, this disease is threatening the health of kauri trees in the Auckland region.
Kauri dieback is caused by a pathogen (a disease-causing agent) known as Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA).
Symptoms include yellowing of foliage, canopy thinning, dead branches and tree death. Affected trees can also develop lesions that bleed resin. It kills kauri of all ages and sizes.
The disease has also been found at Great Barrier Island, and isolated from soil at Trounson Kauri Park in the Waipoua Forest, Northland. Recently it has also been found on land at Pakiri, at Okura Estuary Scenic Reserve, Albany Scenic Reserve, and on private land in Rodney District.
PTA is a soil-borne disease, spread by soil and soil-water movement, plant to plant transmission through underground root-to-root contact, and human and animal vectors (a vector is an organism that carries or spreads disease-causing micro organisms).
For more information visit www.kauridieback.co.nz
Arataki Visitor Centre – ph 09 8174941, Scenic Drive, Waitakere Ranges. Opening times 1 Sept – 31st May 9am – 5pm (7 days), 1 Jun – 31 Aug 10am – 4pm (Mon – Fri)
For all park information phone parks line on 09 3031530