10.00am 26th April 2014
Join Dr John Walsby as he guides and gives an interesting talk along this popular walk. John is a marine biologist and one of NZs best science and education writers. He is the author of “Nature Watching at the Beach” and he also contributed to the NZ Herald “Nature Watch” column.
The tracks starts by the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre and follows a good track towards the cliff edge where there are exceptional views over Goat Island and other islands of the Hauraki Gulf. John will explain the cliff line vegetation and coast broadleaf forest; with biological details of special adaptations and identification of birds seen.
The walk is moderate to easy with some steep grades and some fence climbing or crossing using stiles. Allow around three hours return. To register for this walk go to Registration Page
- The weather forecast is looking good!
- Online Registration closes at 5pm 25th April
Little Barrier, Matheson Bay Family Walk and Mt Tamahunga Walk are all fully booked. There are 5 others to choose from that still have spaces but numbers on each walk are strictly limited.
You can also register by phoning 422 6127 or 021 204 2999. Meeting place for each walk is at the Leigh Apartments, 21 Hauraki Road, Leigh. You should get there 30 minutes before your walk starts or if you want to check there is still space.
We’d love to see you and show you more of our lovely area. The walks are followed by an Open Day at the Leigh Fire Station with demonstrations by volunteers.
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, plus quartz veins in the sandstone rock.
The sand changes to boulders and rock platforms and there are the historic remains of the Niagara Wall, named after the gold-ship that was sunk off here during WWII. Just before Pink Beach we reach the rocky platform of Martins Rock, where a large pool often is home to juvenile parore. The boulders change to the pink sand of the destination beach. Rest under the pohutukawa trees with a waterfall cascading down from the valley above. On the return Tony and Jenny will show you the marine life in the extensive rock pools of Echinoderm Reef and take a look at the giant oyster fossils. 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.
10.00am 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.