Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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With the arrival of spring 24 trampers braved the unsettled wet, cold and windy weather to tramp the Goldie Bush track starting from the Horseman Road entrance in the Waitakere Ranges. The group wound its way along a very wet and muddy track to the new swing bridge over the Mokoroa Stream. We paused here for morning tea and had a short reflection while being observed by a well fed wood pigeon perched high in a tree above our heads.
Once over the swing bridge the track began to climb up to Constable Road through coastal forest with regenerating kauri.  From the swing bridge the track was compact and well maintained with steps that provided a compulsory cardio workout for everyone.
After admiring the sea views of the coastline from Constable Road the group had lunch on the ridge before returning along the same track. No attempt was made to follow the Mokoroa Stream track which continually criss-crosses the stream until it reaches the base of the Mokoroa Waterfall. With days of steady rain the tributaries that fed the Mokoroa Stream made the water level too high and too dangerous to cross.

After a night of high winds, thunder and rain the day turned out to be surprisingly fine and sunny with a few patches of drizzle. The cold wind in exposed areas did not damper the spirit of participants with some using the tramp to carry a larger pack in preparation for the summer tramps or to work on their fitness.

Although the Mokoroa Stream track was abandoned the group walked down to see the Mokoroa Waterfall which was spectacular after all the rain. The Houheria stream also emptied out into the same stream bed creating another picturesque waterfall flowing just beneath the viewing platform.

The highlight of the tramp for some was the spectacular views of the Mokoroa and Houheria Waterfalls. For others it was the well earned hot ‘cuppa’ tea and biscuits at the end of the tramp, courtesy of Laurie’s ute café.
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The tramp started at 9.30am and ended at  2.30pm.

COST: $5