Playing in Puketui Valley

One of my favourite places to play is the Puketui Valley Broken Hills walking tracks. The turn off is pretty much opposite the turnoff to Pauanui on State Highway 25. Morrison Road turns into Puketui Valley Rd, which takes you past the Te Timatanga earthship, and onto a scenic stretch of gravel road. Don’t mistake this road for Puketui Rd, which comes off the Kopu-Hikuai Rd, State Highway 25a.

Make sure you let someone know where you are going and what time you are due back, as there is no cell phone coverage once you’re in there!

Drive across an amazing bridge and you will soon see the tranquil DOC Campsite at Broken Hills (which unfortunately does not allow dogs.) The Broken Hills tracks  do tho, so I took my boy, Doug along for the day.

Further up the road you will come to two different track entry points, and roadside parking. The first offers two short walks, both easy walks and are child friendly.

At the end of  Puketui Valley Rd is the entrance to an array of tracks of varying distances.

I like to photograph the maps if I didn’t already have one, so that once in there I can look back on my phone to see which way to go, or what it is I’ve stumbled upon.

I had about 2 hours to play, so decided on the Collins Track, taking the Water Race Tracks.

As with most New Zealand bush walks, the protection of the native Kauri tree is of great importance. Kauri Dieback refers to the disease Phytophthora agathidicida. The spores from this fungus-like disease live in soil and are spread with soil movement. That is why they ask you to clean your gear after venturing into one of New Zealand’s native forests and to keep to the tracks, staying off the Kauri roots. These tracks however did not have the sanitising stations which I’ve seen at other bush walks.

In the 1900’s Broken Hills was a site for Gold Mining. This type of alluvial mining was tough. It involved digging and sifting through mud, sand and gravel using shovels sieves, or even bare hands. Batteries were built to process the quartz found. The quartz was battered into powder by massive stamper which released the gold particles so they could be chemically recovered using cyanide. This process required water and that’s what the race tracks were built for. To ensure a good supply to the plant.

Gold mining in New Zealand

The track lead through three short tunnels. If you are afraid of the dark, or not keen on weta , I advise you to clamber over the tunnels following the narrow paths!

I took the 3rd Water Race Track, and added an extra 20min to my trek, an awful lot steps but some pretty amazing views!

Then, the descent, which took me past some pretty scary looking old mines and thankfully back to the double tunnels! Oh yay, wetas again!

 

By that stage I was well ready for some open space and enjoyed the fresh scenic walk along the rivers edge….

back to the short bridge I crossed at the start.

But this time I notice a little path just to the right of the Water Race Track. I had a quick peek and saw a cute little stream, and Doug had a drink. The underside of the bridge was pretty cool too. Even if you aren’t into big bush walks, at least park at the end of the Puketui Valley Rd and walk 10min to this little bridge, check out the waterfall, and then 5 min further up are the amazing river views. You won’t be disappointed.

 

For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

Find them on Facebook too!

Paku Summit

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If you are passing through Tairua, as must tourists do, on their journey while circumnavigating the Coromandel, you must stop and take the short hike to the Paku summit. You can pretty much drive to the top of the mountain, that was once a volcanic island. There is plenty of parking and the track is easy to spot. The track is fun, and winding, with informative plaques posted along the way. There is a bit of a dodgy bit near the top, where you are required to clamber up over some rocks, but other that, it’s a true New Zealand native bush walk with the most amazing views!

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For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

info.tairua@xtra.co.nz

Find them on Facebook too!

 

Pauanui Waterfall

If you are ever in the area, you have just got to stop at the Pauanui Waterfall. Pop it on your List! The sign is definitely in need of some attention, but still not hard to miss. The track is about 2km out of Pauanui, on the left. The walk is a quick and easy 20min even the kids can do it. The stunning native bush leads you to a trickling stream, and onto the dramatic waterfall! The waterhole it creates is perfect for swimming, just make sure you check the depth first, and don’t go diving it!

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For more information on New Zealand tourist attractions and walks

call in and see the volunteers at

Tairua Information Centre

 223 Main Rd Tairua, (07) 864 7580

info.tairua@xtra.co.nz

Find them on Facebook too!

Pauanui to Tairua Trail

Had a great run/walk today, checking out the newly completed 4.2km stretch of the Pauanui to Tairua Trail. It was awesome! What a great feature to offer locals and visitors to the area. This part of the track can be entered from Waterways Parade, or from Tangitarori Lane, on the right as you head out of Pauanui.

I had previously walked it with the family a few months ago. Back then it was just a narrow dirt track edged with newly felled trees. Today it is beautiful! A real treat. Not just for the keen cyclists, but for runners, walkers and pram pushers. You are welcome to take your dog too, as long as its on a lead at all times. Young children could even manage a dawdle along the harbours edge.

There is pest control in full force so pets and children must be supervised. The location of bait stations and stoat traps are easily identified by colour coded triangles.

It took me 30mins to walk to the end, where if you brought your wallet, you could carefully cross the road a have a look around the Pauanui Art Gallery!

What’s really special about this walk is that its surrounded by trees which have been dedicated to soliders who fell in the Great War. There are seven World War 1 Memorial Forest sites across the Coromandel. This particular site represents the 640 killed in the Sinai-Palestine Campaign. If you are interested in giving a donation or gifting a tree contact the Thames-Coromandel District Council Customer Services on 07 868 0200

WW1 Memorial Forest

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You can help support this project by making a donation to:

The Hikuai District Trust

03 0458 0277108 00

www.pauanuitairuatrail.org.nz

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Wave inspired

Well even though they were just “small little off shorers”, they gave my husband a couple of hours of fun, and me a washing machine knock about, while trying to capture their dynamics. I had a change of fins from my ‘Out the Back’ experience and into the white wash.

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underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

underwater photographs nz new zealand waves

 

Hopefully next time there will be some tidy barrels ; )

I have a feeling tomorrow I’m gonna be sore, I’m not exactly swim fit!

Oh here’s a couple of the hubby

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