Whareroa Farm Boost

whareroa-trackSigns point way to enhanced network of tracks for Kapiti Coast

Whareroa Farm.  just north of Paekakariki, has taken another major step forward with a grant for signs highlighting its unique network of tracks and paths.

The Walking Access Commission has given the Whareroa Guardians $2,140 to assist with the design and installation of signs to mark public access on a new Kapiti Coast track.­

The funds were made available through the New Zealand Walking Access Commission’s Enhanced Access Fund, which supports projects designed to improve access to the outdoors.

The Walking Access Commission chief executive Eric Pyle said the new signs would help people accessing the 1.5 Whareroa 12kilometre Catchment View Track, which is being developed on Whareroa Farm Reserve, north of Wellington.

Access to ‘picturesque’ destination

“This is a small but worthwhile investment in access to a picturesque Wellington destination,” he said.

“The signage will make the experience more enjoyable for visitors by helping them locate and follow the new track, which will provide access to a historic water intake used by US Marines based in Kapiti during the Second World War.”

Whareroa Farm is a 450-hectare recreational reserve administered by the Department of Conservation.

The Catchment View Track

The new Catchment View Track will be made up of two sections – a flat family walk shared with mountain bikers to the Marines water intake and picnic area, and a steeper 250 metre climb up the ridge providing a tramping route to separate walkers from bikers.

The track will link with Campbell’s Mill Rd walkway, bridleway and cycleway, along with other existing Whareroa Farm tracks, to provide a three hour challenging loop for people who want to explore further.

Whareroa Guardians celebrate an earlier milestone event
Whareroa Guardians celebrate an earlier milestone event

Keen trampers will be able to use the route as the quickest way to access 720-metre-high Mount Wainui

Whareroa Guardians Community Trust secretary Ann Evans said the Catchment View Track would complete a network of trails agreed with the Department of Conservation in the Whareroa Farm Plan.