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Welcome to Titirangi Walkers website. We enjoy recreational walking for fitness, relaxation and social interaction. Our domain is Titirangi with it's lovely bush and beach setting. Come walk with us and experience the natural beauty of our environment while having fun exercising and meeting new people.
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Our Xmas Get-together this year was a picnic held at Cornwallis. A good time was had by all. The weather which was a bit of a mixed bag, didn't dampen the spirits and we had the usual fun with the Secret Santa gifts doing the rounds before ending up in the hands of their final owner. The walk prior to our party took in the Jubilee Walk opened in May 1990 to commenorate the 50th Anniversary of the Park. Gillian once again did us proud with this very innovative cake sporting the new logo. Visit our photo page to see photos of the event.
Great Walk today Girls - Thanks Lynn and Denise for the barbeque, good idea Lynn, a refreshing change to the usual format.
Good job on the cooking of the sausages and egg John S and thanks to Garry for filling in the spaces on the photos I missed of the walk. http://tjwalkers.bravesites.com/photo-gallery
Our walk last Sunday was arranged by Lynn and Denise and took in the redesigned La Rosa Gardens in Green Bay, due to be officially opened this Saturday 16th November at 10:00 am. Thanks girls for a great first walk since joining the Committee. The gardens seen here have been landscaped and planted in native trees, extended trails and new boardwalks have been added and plantings along the banks of the opened up stream. Local school and kinderkarten children and the community have assisted in art work such as this ceramic tiled post that adorn the art-trail. Primary school pupils have constructed two large clay sculptures of a crayfish and a mayfly.
Permaculture artist Guenther Andraschko is seen here putting finishing touches to his long-finned eel sculpture, a threatened endemic New Zealand species living in the stream.
Tongariro Crossing - A great time was had by all twenty of our group that made up the trip. The weather, although quite chilly was fantastic, in between the cloud rolling in along with the odd slight flurry of snow we had a crisp clear view of the amazing scenery and sunshine. Everyone was rugged up well for the conditions and was well pleased they had made the effort, returning back to our warm comfy accommodation at Pipers Ski Lodge to a Barbeque put on by our great hosts Dianne and Bruce. Check out photos of the trip on our photo page. The group of four that did the alternate walk had as much fun managing to fit in not one but two walks - the Waterfall Walk starting behind the Chateau and the Hapuawhenua Viaduct Walk from Ohakune. Please send in your photos so they can be added to the photo gallery. Below : Our Star, Lynn Bainbridge 'On Top of The World'.
Our members arrived at the dam car park guided in by our smart new flag. Waitakere Dam reached by a 1 1/2 Klm windy private road through pristine kauri forest. We spent a few minutes on the dam then followed steps down to the narrow gauge rail track that was first built to supply materials and equipment to the dam site and only used now for recreational trips. We walked along the track and under a water shute the water pouring overhead and plunging into the cascade valley below. The "ark in the park" occupies this whole large valley where protected native birds are slowly being re-introduced. Next we entered the tunnel, torches on and carefully made our way through over slippery sleepers. The valley is very steep sided and densely covered in native bush with the line intruding through it then widening out at Picnic Flat where a three sided shelter offers a haven to trampers. Another ten minutes and we reached a point where the line enters a tunnel under the scenic drive with a locked gate to keep walkers out. From here we returned to enjoy a delicious morning tea and gossip. A very pleasant morning. Gillian.
We thank Samantha, one of our new Committee members this month for a grand job she did on her first Walk.
A beautiful day for our walk with 16 starters. Sam had arranged a varied route featuring streets tracks and steep hills !!!!.loved by all such as Kiripati and track to Tawini. She very kindly made delectable little lemon topped cupcakes
cos it is Father's Day. Very yummy
What a gnarly ole day it was - Rosemary and I would like to thank the 13 brave clubbies who turned up today for our away walk. It was a nice fresh walk up to the beach through the Muriwai Regional Park we encountered a little rain along the way down the beach as we headed back to Maori Bay car park for a wonderful feast as always! Don't forget those recipes Janet - Yvonne is keen to make them for Roy..... Not sure weather Roy got that chocolate bar or not?
Looking up the beach towards five mile strip.
Looking for Sir Reggie Perrin?
More than 20 of us met last Sunday on a beautifully fine but cold morning for our away walk around Hobsonville point.
There have been changes since we last walked this route, with a fine new school now built and the wharf now completed. The wharf is very interesting - almost a museum - with photos and blogs providing history of the area. Morning tea was up to the high standard always met for away walks and we all had a most enjoyable morning, especially so after the day began to warm up.
Last night's function at Alexandra Park was a great success and enjoyed by the eighteen that attended. Three in particular seemed to shine. Janet taking home the door prize of a dinner for four - she immediately had a lot of friends. Dai who did very well with his winnings and John taking second place in the winning stakes. The food and atmosphere was great with a clear mild evening. All in all a good night out to share with friends.
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One of the first Auckland City parks is also the site of an old volcanic cone, again one of the region's first . This fact is not readily apparent at first glance, however when taking note of the park's topography, the volcanic rim which surrounds the present day sports fields and on part of which the Museum and the hospital are located, this part of the area's history is clearly utlined.The volcanic crater where the sports fields sit today was originally a large swamp. The maori name for the volcano is Pukekawa (Hill of bitter memories). Early maori identified the area as an ideal location for settlement due to it's elevated (and therefore defendable) position, a good site for food cultivation and storage, a source of fresh water and the swamp provided a ready supply of eels. Spring water flowed through the swamp with an outlet where water still surfaces today at the duck ponds. When the land was sold by Maori to the Crown the swamp was drained and the first cricket ground formed. In 1940 a Totara tree was planted atop the scoria cone on the hill between the two sports field areas by a Maori Princess to commemorate tribal battles of the late 1820s.The year 1940 also of course marked 100 years after the Treaty signing.
Significant buildings noted on our walk were:-
Auckland Museum opened 1929
The Wintergardens comprising two Victoria Style glasshouses.
Grandstand built 1898 replacing an earlier building (1893) which was destroyed by fire.
Thank you to Geoff and Myrna for your Walk Review, this great walk we all enjoyed and for investigating the historic facts of this area. Please visit our photo page.