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Off the Beaten Track- Explore Makara Peak & Long Gully Bush


Sun 13 Mar 2016, 9:00am–4:00pm

Where: Karori Park, Karori Road, Karori, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free

Off the Beaten Track – guided exploration of Makara Peak and Long Gully Bush Reserve.

Get off the beaten track and take part in a guided walk exploring Makara Peak and Long Gully Bush Reserve. The walk will be guided by the Makara Peak Group who are involved with Makara Peak, and the Wellington Natural Heritage Trust who own Long Gully Bush Reserve and run the restoration programme there. Conservation Volunteers New Zealand will also be assisting on the day, and have been working with the Wellington Natural Heritage Trust over the last year in Long Gully Bush.

The walk will start in the morning with a climb from Karori Park up through regenerating forest to the Makara Peak Scenic Reserve where for 16 years mountain bikers have been developing tracks and undertaking ecological restoration with a goal to eventually restore this area to the forest it would once have been before the fires of the nineteenth century. The route taken will pass many planting sites and the summit, with spectacular views to the Kaikoura mountains and Wellingtons wild Coast, before descending down into a hidden corner of the reserve where only the fittest mountain bikers venture and planted totara, kamahi, rata and kaikomako are starting to thrive despite ongoing challenges to control possums and goats. A new track provides an exit to South Karori Rd where we will have a shared lunch before moving into the Long Gully Bush Reserve. Following lunch, the walk will head up the main valley floor of Long Gully Bush Reserve, following a rough route currently being used as an access track for substantial pest control works which are happening in the reserve. After an hours walk through the regenerating scrub land of the lower valley, the walk will move into the more mature forest of the upper valley and reach a small historic dam which was once part of Wellingtons water supply infrastructure. From here the track ascends up through the bush before reaching the southern end of the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary and transport back to Karori Park.

Not only will this day provide an excellent opportunity for you to stretch your legs, but it will also give a good overview of the range of restoration approaches being undertaken by the Makara Peak Group in Makara Peak, and the Wellington Natural Heritage Trust in Long Gully Bush.

This trip is on and off trail and a good level of fitness is essential. Sturdy footwear and appropriate clothing is essential. There are multiple stream crossings and in sections the trail is in a streambed so feet will get wet. There is a small amount of scrambling required in some short steep sections.

This is a Parks Week event as part of Summer City.


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