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The southern portion of the track follows the Waikanae River, on the Kapiti Coast, through Kaitawa Scenic Reserve, which secures. Recently processed podocarp timberland in the south and crosses farmland (following a homestead street) at its north end.
Streams at the southern end are generally simple to the passage, however, hope to get wet feet. The Wellington Botanical society portrays the Kaitawa Reserve as a critical remainder of the first beachfront wetland environment, a lot of which has been lost.
The best car park is on Mangaone South Road. At Waikanae, traffic lights take the course inland towards the Akatarawas, killing to Reikorangi about 7km not far off. Passing Reikorangi Pottery, two or three hundred meters down Ngatiawa Road take a left on Mangaone South Road and drive as far as possible and park in the car park.
For Mangaone North, turn inland at Te Horo junction 9km north of Waikanae. Go past the school and follow.
The signs to Mangaone Walkway along Hautere-Cross Road, at that point, take a right on to Mangaone North Road and Tail it as far as possible. The last 4km are thin, blustery and unlocked. There is a little car park at this end.
Once logged, the first podocarp timberland is currently recovering. Kaitawa Scenic Reserve highlights towers of Rewarewa trees that will, in the end, be supplanted by the first tall shade trees including rimu, rata, kahikatea, matai and miro. Five types of tree plant line the track including katote, wheki, wheki-ponga, ponga, and Mamaku.
Ground plants and fragile cloudy greeneries on tree trunks are likewise conspicuous along the track. Volunteers are effectively replanting Kaitawa Reserve, reestablishing its usefulness.
Advancement in the valley east of Kaitawa Reserve undermines it by encouraging the presentation of weeds, expanding disintegration potential and cutting the Reserve off from the Tararua Ranges, confining and dividing the woods.
The Reserve required ‘saving’ from an overlooked and weed swarmed state and progressing upkeep. Weed control will be required.
The track joins Mangaone South Road with Mangaone North Road. Mangaone South Road runs off.
Ngatiawa Road, 8km south-east from Waikanae. Mangaone North Road runs off Te Horo Hautere; Go across Road from Te Horo, 9km north of Waikanae. Strolling time is 3 hours every way.
On the off chance that you don’t plan to backtrack, organise transport from the purpose of exit. Streams at the southern end are typically simple to get wet feet.