Today we headed south along the Mangemangeroa Valley Walkway – previously we had walked north to Shelly Park Beach. Today started off overcast but the sun came out, and there was a cool breeze. The breeze was very welcome when we were walking uphill in Hayley Lane and at the end of the Rotary Loop.
We started off at the barn in Somerville Road (MAP) and turned right. It was good to see new maps and direction posts have been erected since our last visit, one year ago. A lot of work has also been done with the planting of flax and cabbage trees – where this is done it will be a joy to see the rejuvenation of the native bush. We were pleased to see young kauri trees growing strongly. We walked up the steep hill of Hayley Lane, along Point View Drive, then back down the steep steps to rejoin the path, then followed the next turn left up the steps of the Rotary Loop to return to the start – a length of just over 5kms.
This walkway is very pleasant and perfect for a day walk and picnic, if doing the full length. Get the Auckland Council brochure here.
We drove onto Whitford for refreshments beside the Turanga River at Amy’s Kitchen.