Northern News : November 30th 2011
5 NORTHERN NEWS, NOVEMBER 30, 2011 NEWS Kerikeri invites you to our Very Special Christmas Bargain Night Tuesday 6 December 6pm-9pm win a huge Christmas Hamper art the festive season with us -- and grab yourself Bring this Cleverbasket with you on the night & be in the draw to Locals for Locals bargains! some festive • Spend over $25 and get TRIPLE Flybuys points. • Loads of FREE giveaways and SPOT PRIZES. • FREE sausage sizzle, nibbles and exciting tastings all night. Our store will be full of ONE NIGHT ONLY SPECIAL BARGAIN PRICES & so much more. Name:........................................................................... Phone: .......................................................................... Address: ................................................................................................ Pay with your Christmas Club Card, spend over $100 and enter the draw to WIN YOUR GROCERIES FOR FREE! Walk the magnificent Puketi Forest Puketi Forest -- all 15,000 hectares of it -- features magnificent stands of native trees and rich ecological diversity. It has 370 recorded plant species, some of them unique. It has majestic stands of kauri and also all sorts of interesting creatures, many nocturnal -- including moreporks, kiwi, kauri snails, bats, fresh- water crayfish, fish such as the banded kokopu and creepy crawlies, most famously wetas. The Waipapa River is one of the least disturbed rivers in the country. An eight-year pest control campaign to restore birdsong is starting to reap rewards. Forest at dusk: A lookout near the start of a Waihoanga Gorge night walk, from left: Michelle Ashton of the Bay of Islands, Steven Van Beijeren of Brisbane, Jessica Haysom of Melbourne, Bay resident Holly Adams and guide Ian Candy, obscured, who has lived next to the forest for most of his life. For more pictures of the night walk and a video showing a taste of what the forest has to offer, go to the website www.northernnews.co.nz Look for extra pages at the back of our digital edition. SIXTH IN OUR WALK SERIES: PUKETI FOREST The Puketi Forest offers a range of walks -- from 15 minutes to multi-day. We chose to explore some of the more accessible day walks on the north-east side of the forest. The first of these is the Manginangina kauri walk -- 15 minutes on an easy access boardwalk loop amongst a magnificent kauri stand, swamp forest and lush veg- etation -- suitable for all fit- ness levels. There is a large viewing area set in a kauri grove. It's signposted from State Highway 10 just north of Waipapa. Travel to the end of Pungaere Rd on seal, then metal and turn right into Waiare Rd and travel for a short distance to the carpark. We then headed for the Puketi nature trail at the site of the old forest head- quarters. Leaving Mangi- nangina, drive back the way you came along Waiare Rd (straight ahead at the Pungaere Rd intersection) until you come to the Puketi Forest headquarters where a hut, cabins and campsite can booked online through the DOC office or Paihia i-Site. Just beside the information kiosk is the entrance to the nature trail, a one-hour track that does a double loop. This can be a bit confusing because it is also the start of the two-day Waipapa River walk. The nature trail offers information about the plants and a highlight is a viewing platform among the crowns of a kauri grove. Our next stop was the Waihoanga Gorge walk. We travelled from the head- quarters along Waiare Rd for about 5km to the intersection of Puketi and Puketotara roads. We took a right turn into Puketi Rd and travelled 4km to the start of the Waihoanga Gorge kauri walk. If you are coming from Okaihau travel north along State Highway 1 for 6km to a signposted right-hand turn, Puketi East Rd (metal). After another 6km keep a look out for a sign indicating Waihoanga Gorge kauri walk, entrance on the left- hand side of the road. Park- ing is on the grass verge on the right-hand side of the road. A map at the start of the walk shows you the route. We joined a guided night walk here with Adventure Puketi, but this requires prior booking. This track is 2.6km and takes about two hours return. The track is accessed by walking across farmland that is marked. This includes a couple of electric fences -- so take care. You get a view of the forest as you approach it and once into the forest the first 30 minutes of the track is an easy grade with lovely views of the gorge showing the Pirau fault and waterfall. The track gently winds under a diverse range of for- est species including puriri, taraire and nikau, before entering a fine kauri grove. The track loops through this grove and returns to the main track. At the end of the well-formed gravel section you can continue via a 20-minute loop track. This track is steeper but features the best views of the kauri stand before you return to the main track. In damp conditions this section can be greasy and care needs to be taken. Or return the way you came. It is important to keep to the walking track at all times. Kauri have very sensi- tive surface roots, and foot traffic can shorten their lifespan. There is the added risk of spreading kauri die- back disease or PTA. Pre- ventative measures include cleaning footwear before entering the forest. A large area of the forest is now protected by the Puketi Forest Trust and has an extensive trapping pro- gramme run by volunteers. The trust has reintroduced North Island robins and plans to bring back kokako to the forest are well advanced. Adventure Puketi has a concession with DOC to run guided tours in the forest, including night walks. They employ three fulltime guides and seasonal part-timers for the increasing cruise ship market. The Te Araroa Trail also runs through the forest from Omahuta in the west to Puketi in the east. Contact Hope Ambrose at DOC on (09) 407-0300 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information. The Puketi Forest Trust website is www.puketi.org.nz/ and Adventure Puketi is at www.forestwalks.com/.
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