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The Wairakau Stream track leading to Lane Cove is one I do every possible Sunday in the summer. A couple Sundays back I guided friends from Kerikeri on a new loop I’ve recently discovered thanks to a chance visit with Anita in the Kaeo Library. Thank you Anita, should you happen upon this post. And my thanks to Dennis for the photos of our day together and for joining me for the warmest swim one could imagine in November.

Canyon. Part of the diversity that makes this such a great walk.

Canyon. Part of the diversity that makes this such a great walk.

The first lookout after the long climb to start the walk,

The first lookout after the long climb to start the walk,

Totara North from the above lookout.

Totara North from the above lookout.

Towards Taratara from the lookout.

Towards Taratara from the lookout.

Dukes Nose

Duke’s Nose

High above the canopy.

High above the canopy.

Looking south from Duke's Nose

Looking south towards Whangaroa Harbour entrance

Lunch stop at the stream.

Lunch stop at the stream.

Another stream crossing.

Another stream crossing.

Beautiful tree.

Beautiful tree.

Looking down towards Lane Cove, yachts and DOC hut.

Looking down towards Lane Cove, yachts and DOC hut.

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

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This represents a new route we are exploring which creates a circuit walk including the Wairakau Stream, Lane Cove and Duke’s Nose.

We're about to head up the ridge.

We’re about to head up the ridge.

 

Koru pattern in nature

Koru pattern in nature

 

View over Whangaroa Harbour

View over Whangaroa Harbour

 

Looking out to Taratara.

Looking out to Taratara.

 

New Zealand Clematis

New Zealand Clematis

 

 

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

 

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

 

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101

 

 

 

 

 

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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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Radio host, librarian, 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 Reviews

“The author’s experiments and experiences working with nature simply amaze. . . . Beyond the Search is a treasure trove for those who enjoy planting and reaping as it seems nature intended, with respect for each animal and insect as belonging on the planet and therefore deserving of honour.”

Theresa Sjoquist on Suite 101