Chris' Blog
Waitakere Ranges to Close 1 May
Posted: Saturday 14 April 2018 by Chris

The forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park will be closed from 1 May to prevent the spread of, and protect against, kauri dieback disease.

Auckland Council staff will now begin to decommission tracks, remove signage and begin the process of restricting access to the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

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Source: Auckland Council

Details on kauri dieback disease can be found here.

What is kauri dieback disease.

Hut Fee increases for Great Walks Tracks
Posted: Saturday 20 May 2017 by Chris

DOC is introducing modest increases for some Great Walks hut and campsite fees.

New Zealand’s nine Great Walks are our flagship walking experiences. Tracks like the Milford, Routeburn and Kepler are internationally famous and globally rank as some of the great ‘must do’ outdoor experiences

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Source: Department of Conservation

Track Markers
Posted: Saturday 23 July 2016 by Chris

It has come to attention recently with quite a number people being lost in the bush with the main reason that they were following the wrong type of triangle marker.  As a person who goes tramping quite a bit, I thought that I would explain the different types of triangle markers that you see in the bush.

A number of different triangle markers | Photo Credit: Chris Foster

Orange (and possibly a white strip if following an old low use track/route) - This is a track marker, this is what you should be following to keep to the track.  Generally these will be placed about 30m apart and normally you should be able to see the next one in front (unless the track is clearly defined, such as a track of a great walk standard).  Sometimes if going through a large clearing there would be a marker as you exit and one as you enter, which also the same if crossing a river.  Tracks can also be marked by cairns or poles above the bush line and alpine areas.

Pink/Yellow/Blue - This is not a track marker, don't be confused.  These indicate trap/bait lines or actual traps for pest control such as possums & stoats.  In a number of cases there will be written information which generally identifies the trap/bait line and a number to identify trap/bait number (sometimes this can also indicate distance from start of the line).  Sometimes these lines can follow the track which normally indicate that the trap if just off to the side of the track.

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