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I went on my own to a great track just 25 minutes drive from here today. It’s through the bush with quite a big hill up and down, across a creek (where I had a swim on the way back), along a fiord-like inlet with mangroves to a neat place where quite a few people anchor their boats over the holidays, Then up a steep cliff that required clambering up a chain fastened in the rock to an amazing lookout called Duke’s Nose. You can guess what it looks like.. Next a dip in the sea before making my way back. When I’ve gone with other people it always takes 5 hours plus. It was nice to go at my own pace, still stopping several times for food and swims and finishing in 4 hours. I forget that others don’t comfortably go my pace. There are multi-coloured cliffs surrounding much of the walk with a really high waterfall tumbling over one. It is a truly beautiful place.

I was impressed to find young families ready to head up the cliff-side to Duke’s Nose after I’d just had the place to myself for twenty minutes. The primary-aged children were so excited.

Generally recognised as Northland’s “best short walk” the Wairakau Stream Track gives access to the western arm of Whangaroa Harbour. It’s an area only accessible by foot or boat.

A few years back I interviewed Tony Foster. He runs a tourist business that includes taking people on the walk I did today. He can include people doing the walk one way and taking his water taxi through beautiful Whangaroa Harbour the other. Here’s a link to the interview I did with Tony:

https://insearchofsimplicity.com/2010/11/05/tony-foster-and-plant-heritage-new-zealand/

Here’s where I found the photo:

http://www.fairwind.co.nz/lanecove600.htm

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Amongst Dave Panckhurst’s many qualities, he was visionary. What he envisioned, what he dreamt of, was sometimes ahead of his time.

A couple of months ago Dave shared a dream with me. Now to dream alone is just to dream. To share a dream becomes a reality. Around 2005 Dave put a proposal to people at DOC and other appropriate organizations about the creation of New Zealand’s tenth Great Walk. Great Walks are the Department of Conservation’s premier walks. There are presently nine such walks, only three of which are found on the North Island. You’ve all heard of and perhaps walked some of New Zealand’s other great walks—the Milford Track, the Routeburn, the Heaphy Track etc. We have nothing like that in the Far North.

Dave’s idea was to create such a walk between Spirit’s Bay and Te Paki Stream or station. The tracks are largely in place but the necessary huts are not. Dave, ever the pragmatist, made practical do-able suggests for the placement of two huts. He measured distances appropriate to three days of walking and plotted it all on a map. It would be called Spirit Walk and would be different from any of New Zealand’s other famous walks, featuring stunning beaches and headlands, mangroves and dunes. It would be culturally significant. It would draw more visitors to the north. It would help to put our little part of the world on the map. The idea was turned down but since Dave made his proposal DOC has been steadily upgrading trails and facilities by the Cape and even added a campground where Dave suggested a hut could be.

When Dave shared this idea with me, he made it clear he’d done his best and it hadn’t happened. He was disappointed.  Now will you join with me in envisioning New Zealand’s tenth great walk? Let’s dream together and see this become a reality. Billions get spent on roads. Surely a few hundred thousand dollars can be made available for such a worthy, far-reaching idea. Let’s help make Dave’s vision a reality.

Spirits Bay (Piwhane Bay)

 

 

Cape Maria van DiemenTe Paki Stream and sand dunes

 

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Radio host, inspirational speaker and health educator John Haines is the author of In Search of Simplicity: A True Story that Changes Lives and the recently released Beyond the Search, books to lift the spirit and touch the heart. See http://www.JohnHainesBooks.com

 

“In Search of Simplicity is a unique and awe-inspiring way to re-visit and even answer some of the gnawing questions we all intrinsically have about the meaning of life and our true, individual purpose on the planet. I love this book.”

 

Barbara Cronin, Circles of Light. For the complete review visit: http://www.circlesoflight.com/blog/in-search-of-simplicity/

 

“In Search of Simplicity is one of those rare literary jewels with the ability to completely and simultaneously ingratiate itself into the mind, heart and soul of the reader.”

 

Heather Slocumb, Apex Review