Duck Creek Explorer
November, 8:45am. Duration: 6.25 hours.
$35 - includes bus transport, lunch at Parsley Pot Cafe, plus wine, water and olive oil tasting.
Limited to 43
The trail begins with an uphill run on a paper road to the back of Mahurangi River Winery, across the ridge and down to the Mahurangi River. We'll take it easy as we go so there is time 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.
By the riverside, we'll visit an historical site before following the river north through peaceful, private farmland. There are a few fences to cross and a few 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. Then we go just a short hop further to visit Pure Pouch who package their artesian water for sale. We'll try the water and hear about their plans.
We then proceed to the Mahurangi Farm-Forestry Trail running between Hamilton Road and Sandspit Road. One of the trail’s creators, Shelley Trotter, is your guide for this walk and, as a life-long local, she will be able to provide a rich history of the area. 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 that we need to proceed with caution at the far end of the trail as we have to walk a small section of the Sandspit Road verge and it 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.