9.00am, Saturday 26th April, 2014
Goat Island Beach
Join local authors and photographers Tony and Jenny Enderby for a walk west along Goat Island Beach to the picturesque Pink Beach, about halfway to Okakari Point. The first half of the walk follows the dark sand beach with shags, herons, pipits, oyster catchers and many other seabirds. The sand changes to boulders and rock platforms. It is here the historic remains of the Niagara Wall can be found. The wall was named after the gold-ship Niagara that was sunk off here, during WWII after hitting a German-laid mine. Just before Pink Beach we reach the rocky platform of Martins Rock, where a large pool often is home to juvenile parore. The boulders then change to the pink sand of the destination beach. Rest under the pohutukawa trees with a waterfall cascading down from the valley above, before wandering back and exploring the extensive rock pools of Echinoderm Reef. Click here to register for this walk.
9.00am Saturday 26th April
Locals Keith and Arthur will be guiding this walk starting with the track around beautiful Leigh Harbour, weaving through native forest alongside the edge of the harbour. The walk then continues to a private Cape Rodney property where there are spectacular views over the coastline and the Cape Rodney Lighthouse. The poles here mark the marine reserve boundaries. An optional extra walk is down a short, steep track to see Arthur’s waterfall.
10.30am Saturday 26th April
This fun walk is suitable for all age children to enjoy. Peter Crabb from the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, together with geologist, Mike Issaac will lead this short discovery walk. We will look and learn about fossils, marine rock pools and marine life within and shore bird observations at our beach.
For those who then want to continue we will walk up the Matheson Waterfall Track, through the lovely bush and then back along the road to Matheson Bay.
10.00am Saturday 26th April
Part of the Leigh Coastal Walks, Mt Tamahunga is a more strenuous walk. The meeting place is by the Leigh Apartments, where it will be possible to carpool. The walk begins and returns to Rodney Road and will be guided by the Scott Family who live locally. They will tell you a little of the history of the area as you pass through native bush with spectacular views over Omaha Bay and the Hauraki Gulf to Coromandel. Mt Tamahunga is also the site of Auckland’s weather radar and the highest part of the Matakana/Leigh area.
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10.00am Saturday 26th April
Sit and enjoy the views!
This walk is alongside the Leigh coast overlooking Omaha Bay with views out to Tawharanui, Coromandel and Little and Great Barrier Islands. It is an undulating track with some steep steps. On the way you’ll see large pohutukawa trees and other native coastal plants.
Walk through an area that has been replanted by locals and see their efforts in removing moth plant and toe toe. Children should be 12 and over.