Public Planting Day 2022
Autumn 2022 planting on the Avida esplanade
Te Wairere Waterfall
Access to the falls that were 'lost' for more than 60 years was opened in April 2017.
Old swimming hole
A section of track between Alderton Park and the Jim & May Brodie bridge
Making the bridge possible
Doug Galbraith (Rotary), Rod Brown(Vision Kerikeri) & Michael Sidey.
A serene section of the stream just below the waterfall
Access around the falls was blocked by a wall of Jasmine. This was sprayed in Spring 2016 - Rod Brown inspects the results.
Track around falls
With the Jasmine removed the track was constructed around the falls in early summer 2017
Waterfall area 2022
The area previously in Jasmine has been replanted in native species a vast contrast to 2016.
Friends of Wairoa Stream
This small group of volunteers have worked on track construction, weed spraying & planting. Working Bees are held on the first and third Monday of each month (and often in between) - here they are building the track above the waterfall
Mulch from the felled Eucalyptus is spread. It is invaluable for helping the young planting to survive their first summer.
First planted in 2013
The earliest plantings near Orchard Estate on Cobham Road are now at canopy stage.
A jungle of weeds
The team survey the wilderness west of Sammaree Reserve in winter 2016. This will need clearing for the 2017 planting.
Cleared and ready to plant
The same section in June 2017 minus the jungle of weeds.
Rod Brown Bridge
This bridge between Sammaree Reserve and Campbell Lane was completed late 2018
The project will be extended in 2019 beyond Sammaree Reserve up to the junction of two streams.
2019 extension in 2023
After several wet summers the plantings are well established
Wairoa Stream has been a hidden and much neglected treasure which at its closest point is only a 5 minute walk from the centre of Kerikeri.
There are two discrete projects underway separated by a large obstacle called the Te Wairere Waterfall.
In 2012, the public Walkway and Wildlife Corridor began, starting 350 metres upstream of the waterfall along the Orchard Estate boundary to the Cobham Bridge and then continuing upstream. This is a joint project by Vision Kerikeri and Living Waters.
In February 2015 Vision Kerikeri and Rotary Kerikeri started a 1.5 km track from Pa Road bridge to the long hidden Te Wairere Waterfall. This track was opened to the public in April 2017.It has now been extended upstream of the falls to join with the wildlife corridor. Crossing Cobham Road the track continues to the 'Rod Brown Bridge' completed in 2018. Walkers can cross the bridge and exit the track via Campbell lane which joins onto Shepherd Road. A further extension called Te Tahawai has extended access through to Hall Road.
Since 2013 to 2021 19,646 native species have been planted along the 5km of stream banks with more planting planned in coming years on proposed extensions.
This work is carried out by a small but dedicated team of volunteers. Any donations towards the ongoing development and maintenance of these projects would be greatly appreciated.
Interactive Map of Habitat Restoration
Click the element to the right of the heading to view the map in 'full screen'
Map of the walking track
Vision Kerikeri wishes to acknowledge the generous financial support from the following:
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