Duck Creek Explorer
Sunday 10 November, 8:45am. Duration: 6.25 hours.
$37 - includes bus transport, lunch at Parsley Pot Cafe, plus wine and olive oil tasting.
Limited to 42
The trail begins with an uphill run on a paper road to the back of former Mahurangi River Winery, across the ridge and down to the Mahurangi River. We'll an easy pace to take in the glorious views across Kawau Bay, south down to Whangaparaoa, and north out to the Dome and Matakana. This is a great place to get your photos.
Riverside, we'll visit an historical site before following the river north through peaceful, private farmland. There are a few fences to cross and rough trails but it's beautiful beside the river so take your time and enjoy.
As we emerge from the farm, we stroll our way along Duck Creek Road, popping in first for a visit and tasting at Duck Creek Olive Oil and then a complimentary glass of wine at Runner Duck Estate vineyard which is just next door. You can order up wine and olive oil, and (if you can’t carry what you want to buy) our hosts will deliver to the bus at our end destination, but make sure you bring some cash with you for purchases.
As we continue along Duck Creek Road, you can refill your water bottle as we pass by the local spring water community tap. We then proceed to the Mahurangi Farm-Forestry Trail running between Hamilton Road and Sandspit Road. The trail follows the upper reaches of Duck Creek and takes in sections of native bush and neighbouring farmland (with very friendly cows!).
Please note we need to proceed with caution at the trail end as we walk a small section of the Sandspit Road verge which can be busy. Follow your guide's instructions.
The walk concludes with picnic lunch at the Parsley Pot cafe.
The walk is approximately 6km, and reasonably well-formed. You will need good footwear. There is some walking on public roads that requires caution and attention to your guide, and some fence climbing. Bring your own water and snacks to keep you going until lunchtime, and bring some cash with you for coffee, olive oil and extra drinks or wine purchases. This walk was oversold last year and will be a sure winner again this year.