In response to your feedback we have created a Google map that displays the track to the Te Wairere Waterfall that was opened in early April. The map is included at the bottom of this article. We have also created a static page on our website that displays the map and track notes, should you wish to reference it in the future.
It is great to see many people already using the track despite conditions having been a little damp underfoot. We can see from the usage to date that we need to look at putting in a couple of short sections of boardwalk over two areas of the track that are currently very wet.
We have 'officially' only opened the section of track from the grass esplanade by Alderton Park through to the Waterfall. However, the section of track from the waterfall to Cobham Road is walkable despite there still being a bit of work to be done, especially where the track joins the grass esplanade alongside Orchard Estate. Despite a bit of scrambling at the end, many people are taking the opportunity to walk right through to Cobham Road and it does allow you to undertake one of many circular walk options. We will add signage to that section of track once we have completed the outstanding tasks. that will make it easier to find if starting at Cobham Road bridge.
For those of you who have not yet undertaken the walk, here are some notes related to the track and options for extending your walk.
The track is not particularly difficult but you need to wear footwear that will handle stony and slippery terrain. The track is rocky in places and will be slippery if conditions have been recently wet. Some other things to be aware of:
Do not use the track if there is any risk of flooding.
Dogs are not allowed on some sections of the track, these are signposted. Cycling, camping and lighting of fires is prohibited.
If you are driving to the area, park your vehicle at the public carpark below St James Church on Kerikeri Road.
There are several circular walks you could consider that can incorporate the Te Wairere Waterfall Track. Here are some suggestions. The start / finish points can be reversed (allow about 2 hours for these walks). The numbers reference to the Google map below:
Stone Store/carpark(1) to Te Wairere Waterfall Track(2) to Cobham Road(4). Return via Hone Heke Road to Kingston House(5) then walk down Hongi Hika Track back to Stone Store
Stone Store/carpark(1) to Te Wairere Waterfall Track(2) to Cobham Road(4). Return via Cobham Road, Kerikeri Inlet Road(6) then along Pa Road(7) to Pagoda Lodge. Walk along the track immediately before you reach Pagoda Lodge, to the Pa Road Footbridge which brings you back to the start point for the Waterfall Track(2).
Stone Store/carpark(1) to Te Wairere Waterfall Track(2) to Cobham Road(4). Then walk along Cobham Road to the town centre along Kerikeri Road in the direction of the Stone Store. Walk along the Heritage Bypass and after you cross the Kerikeri River bridge (8), walk down the concrete ramp and onto the Kerikeri River track which takes you back to the Stone Store past Wharepuke Falls.