Mangoane Walkway South to Kaitawa Scenic ReserveBy Helen Tristram November 2012
This is great walk for the family
We were delighted to find a new DOC information shelter at the start of the walkway, – and a lovely new swing bridge. (You no longer have to wade across the river to start your walk or alternatively balance your way across the pipe that spanned the river!). DOC has done some wonderful work on the track, which was a former bush tramway, and there are now several bridges and boardwalks. The track is generally a good wide gravelly path for most of the way.
It was a lovely day and the sun filtered through the variety of fern trees and the Waikanae river sparkled as it raced downwards beside the track. There were plenty of birds too singing their particular songs, among them were tuis, blackbirds, willow-warblers, whiteheads and thrushes. The fern lined paths, moss covered boulders and occasional grassy areas make it an interesting and attractive walk.
There were several trees that had fallen due to recent excessive rain and wind, but again, DOC had been at work and most were sawn or removed to the side of the track.
You might possibly get wet feet in some places, especially after heavy rain as you come to small rivulets crossing the path.
The track is a gradual climb and levels out when you reach Kaitawa Scenic Reserve.
To get there drive north from Wellington and at the traffic lights at Waikanae turn right across the railway into Ngatiawa Road, turn left into Mangaone South Road after 8 kms. You`ll find the walkway at the end of Mangoane South Road, – and you will notice the remains of an old bush tramway locomotive.