Whakaupoko 6km Volcano Discovery Walk
Come and see some stunning scenery, learn more about our environment and get in some training before the Mauku School fun run the following weekend.
Saturday March 7th 8.30am – 12.00. Pot luck bbq / lunch afterwards.
Start & Finish – 89c Bald Hill Rd. (Andrew & Louise Sinclair’s property).
A map of this walk is on the Whakaupoko Page of this website.
Local geologist Wendy Goad will be joining us to explain the past volcanic and land formation history of the area. It will include the Whakaupoko / Barriball / Bald Hill Tuft Ring which FDC had listed as one of only three ‘Outstanding Natural Features’. The other two being the Pukekohe East tuft ring and Waitangi Falls. The journey will also take in ‘The Fort’ to the south East of Bald Hill. This is an amazing lookout point seen by few, that overlooks the Akaaka and Port Waikato and which is immediately above a fault line. How did it all come to be? Come along and find out.
The early start time is to avoid the heat of the day with much of the first part of the walk being in the open. The end of the walk is through trees and there will be an Easter egg treasure hunt through the last section. The walk offers plenty of downhill. However being a round trip it also includes lots of uphill so a reasonable level of fitness is required. There will be a slightly shorter there and back flatter option which takes in most of the key viewing sights for those looking for 3 – 4km. The journey will take us across several privately owned properties and Whakaupoko Landcare would like to thank the owners for allowing the walk to take place.
There will be a bbq available at the end along with tea, coffee & water. People are welcome to bring food for a shared lunch.
Come along for a great day out and learn more about the place we live. If you are coming so as we can get an estimate on numbers can you please rsvp by calling Deborah on 2363051. Also if the weather forecast is really bad we will delay the tour to Sunday. Any postponement will be made on Friday before 5.00pm and posted on www.patumahoe.org.nz. A map of the walk can also be viewed.
Locals looking out over the Tuft Ring and Titi volcano in the middle of it all. How did that come to be?