Turbine Diversion

Name

Turbine Diversion

Location

Tawa, Wellington, New Zealand

Overview

Temporary Te Araroa walkway track around Spicer Forest whilst wind turbines are using the normal route (closed until 2014)

Grade

Easy

Access

Bike and Foot

Description

A diversion is in place around Spicer Forest whilst wind turbines are transported along the Spicer Forest track. The route below shows the full track from Broken Hill carpark to the end of Ohariu Valley Road. It is a pleasant track following a streambed through the forest, and despite warning signs to the contrary, the track is gravel and relatively mud-free.

From Broken Hill carpark, follow the signs to Kaukau. The Colonial Knob track leads left to the south, and goes uphill steeply for about 250 metres. Opening out on to farmland, the track to Kaukau through Spicer Forest is well signposted. Follow the large yellow disks over a style and through the forest. The track is gravel with a good gradient. The muddiest section is on the Colonial Knob track - through the forest the gravel provides a good base and is good for cycling.

Emerging at Ohariu Valley road there are several gates to pass through including one with an electric fence and warning of "death" if the grey button is not pressed (you can safely pass through a side gate!).

Spicer Forest view

Allow 1 - 1.5 hours to walk from Broken Hill carpark to Ohariu Valley Road.

Getting there

Good parking at Broken Hill carpark. There is no easy parking at the Ohariu Valley Road end, and during the week there will be construction vehicles using the road.

Other notes

This track is temporary, until the Spicer Forest track reopens in 2014.

Length

4.63km

Conditions

Single track

Altitude

gain250m loss250m begin170m end170m

Last modified

19 May 2013 by ledzep

Created by

ledzep

Google goodness

 

Download GPS path: kml


Edit (requires sign-in) | Print

 
A Cheeky Monkey production, nice one!