Take a step back in time as you stroll over sixth generation farmland. Visit the banks of the mighty Hoteo River. Or, walk through the Atuanui scenic reserve and for the keen — up to the summit of Mt Auckland.
Mt Auckland Climb: 6hrs return
After walking through 3 large family farms you will enter the Atuanui reserve—one of the earliest walkways gazetted in New Zealand. It is a 615 hectare native forest reserve of mature mixed podocarp and hardwood forest. It is the largest area of native forest between the Waipoua Forest and the Waitakere Ranges. You will then ascend 1000 feet through Kowhai and Kauri forest to the top of Atuanui (Mt Auckland).
Highlights include some large kauri, rimu and puriri trees as well as a dominant taraire canopy and a rich variety of native vegetation. Kereru, tui, fantail and tomtits are some of the birds seen and heard at Atuanui. There are many niche areas of high biodiversity, including king fern, stalked adders tongue fern, and several species of orchid.
If you aren’t interested in climbing to the summit, after a relaxing lunch at a pontoon on the Maungatu Creek (and swim for those keen enough) you can return back to the Dill’s farm hut.
The Hoteo River walk: 4-5hrs return
The duration of this walk is set on the family farm where you are staying.
Following the river upstream you will pass over farmland and beside several beautiful rapids before getting to the riparian restoration project that the family has started on the riverbank.
A good spot for lunch is the new riparian planting area started by Steve and Clare as their contribution to the farm. This is funded by the Auckland Regional Council Hoteo river project and is an attempt to prevent erosion on the river banks and improve the quality of water in the Hoteo River and in turn, the Kaipara Harbour. Highlights include a log bridge crossing
Waiteparere rapids walk (approx 3hrs return)
Starting from the hut make your way up over farmland towards Mabel's Bush. Descend down to the Hoteo river where you will follow the riverbank through a stand of Manuka and Totara overlooking the rapids, also the site of an old Ministry of Works camp.
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