The Whole HemiIntermediate
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Front country - easily accessible
Undulating, some big hills
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Starting at Tui Cres head up the driveway to the water tanks and join the signposted Parata Track that climbs steeply up to the main ridge. The track is steep but well gravelled. There is no let up on the gradient. Once you reach the fenceline at the top the track becomes the Te Au Route. Shortly there is access to a lookout point with good view over Waikanae and the coast (including Kapiti Island). Beyond this the track is rough and you'll be reliant on the orange DOC triangles in places to follow the trail. The track undulates for a while before dropping steeply down to Huia St.
Turn left from the track exit onto Huia St then left again onto Amokura St, right onto Winara Ave and left onto Mohua St. At the end turn right onto Kea St and right again on to Kotare St. Finally turn left into Tui Cres and back to the start.
Features of interest
The 330-hectare native forest that provides the backdrop to Waikanae is Hemi Matenga Scenic Reserve. It protects one of the largest remaining areas of kohekohe forest. The reserve rises steeply from 150 metres to its highest point, Te Au, 514 metres above sea level - source: http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/parks-and-recreation/places-to-visit/wellington/hemi-matenga.pdf
Make Up of Run
Technical Single Track: 45%
Moderate Single Track: 30%
Sealed Road: 25%
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Head over the railway tracks from the main Waikanae township towards the Akatarawa Saddle (big signpost) along Elizabeth St. Turn left onto Winara Ave, right on to Kereru St and left on to Tui Cres. Access to the track starts up the access to the water tanks up the driveway opposite 6 Tui Cres.
Park on Tui Cres which is safe. Not really public transport friendly.
The track is straightforward, signposted, wide, and gravelled up to just beyond the fenceline on the main ridge near the top. Beyond that you will be following DOC orange triangles along a well trodden path. If you are uncomfortable with following rougher tracks turn around after the lookout point and head back the way you came.
Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Survival blanket, Cellphone, Map.
None. Take water from home.
First half of the track is gravelled and well maintained. When the track gets rougher along the Te Au Route, it can be muddy after rain.
The Te Au Route is rough, often with tree fall. When it heads down to Huia St it is VERY steep. If it's wet, expect the clay surface to be like running down an ice slope. In the dry, it can be dusty and almost as bad. Shoes with good grip are required.
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