On a lovely, warm, late winter's morning 13 of us met at the Hunua Falls carpark. The plan was to walk
the loop of Massey-Cossey tracks with a side walk along the Wairoa river from the Cossey Access Road.
Due to the partial closure of the Cossey track through the Cossey gorge however, we had to adjust our
plans and complete the circuit coming down from Cossey Dam via the Cossey Access Road.|
set out together from the carpark after the obligatory photos of the rather full Hunua falls! Very soon
after heading on to the Massey track we climbed steadily over 3km to a height of 380m. It was a steady
climbed that split the group into two groups. The nine faster walkers headed on to Cossey’s dam while
the more leisurely group of four brought up the rear. The track climbs through regenerating bush made
up largely of podocarp that have grown over the last 70 odd years since the dams were built in the Hunua
catchment area (1950’s). The track skirts areas where Kokako recovery efforts are under way with a very
successful programme that now has over 220 breeding pairs in the Hunua ranges.
Lunch was enjoyed
in sunshine at Cosseys dam with swallow and piwakawaka flying round. Bryan shared devotions on the significance
of water to the health of the human body and the need to care for our environment. The symbolism of water
in scripture in relating to living water and eternal life was particularly relevant in the setting of
Auckland’s main water catchment.
Due to the partial closure of the Cossey’s track we returned
via the Cossey’s Access road that winds it way back down from the dam. The sun was strong and warm. At
the base of the hill nine of the group did a further 4km walking along the McNicol track that sidles
along the banks of the Wairoa river. The drop down from the road is steep and slippery but was negotiated
successfully by the group who then continued along a very pleasant walk through a mix of regenerating
bush, pine forest and abandoned paddocks. Returning via the same route we all met up again at the Hunua
The circuit route was just over 9km and took us close on 4 hours to complete. The
walk along the Wairoa River added another 4kms for the faster group who also competed the total walk
in just over 4 hours. A good workout with very pleasant company on a very spring-like day!