Kiwis on the track
The grant from FNDC was to compete the network of track and promote them as a tourist attraction for Kerikeri and as a form of exercise for the locals. To this end we have produced a leaflet showing the beauty of the waterfalls and a detailed map to guide people round the network. The leaflet is in the Information Centre at Whangarei, Paihia and Kerikeri as well as motels and the library.
Real estate agents recognised the value of the tracks to potential house buyers and have included it in their big flyer.
The promotional side has been a success and just in time for the Christmas holiday period. We hope to increase promotion for the Autumn and Spring shoulder holiday periods in the future.
Finding the start of a track is not always easy so we have put some signs in strategic places to point people in the right direction.
Many people have to drive to the start of the walk and then they need to park the car. We have made an entrance to the Peacock Gardens Reserve and we are hoping that the FNDC will put down a few loads of metal to improve the surface. This will keep cars of the very small road and reduce inconvenience to the residents.
We know that more and more people are enjoying walking the tracks so have put the track counter in place to check the numbers. Currently it is running at between ten and twenty a day which is similar to the Wairoa when it was first opened.
There have always been small holes in the track and Marty at DOC has advised us that they are Kiwi worm feeding holes. As a result we will have to make a dog policy whereby people can exercise their dogs but protect the ground nesting birds. There are possums in both reserves so we may have to do a bit of trapping.
If you manage to read to the end of the post. Merry Christmas and thank you for your support, it's very much appreciated.. Bob.