Saturday, January 23, 2010

Fairy Falls Track - Waitakere Ranges

Some friday nights you have some beers and don't want to get up too early the next day. So at 2 we set of for the WHY.TACKS. The hills were covered in mist, my ears popped as we climbed higher through the swill. At last we reached the Fairy Falls track. Step one, disinfect shoes. There is a nasty Kauri virus going round.

Step two, begin descent. Its a decent climb down to the falls, many many steps. The views and bush are worth every step, even in the mist you can appreciate the grandeur of the hills.My legs were a little wobbly when we reached the bottom. We paused to admire the falls and were rewarded when a curious finch decided Zed might drop some crumbs and proceeded to hop about his feet. Little blighter was far to quick to catch on camera. It then hopped up through some of the weaker streams on the falls, drinking and hopping about. Very cute.

After some nuts and a drink we began the arduous climb. This track is only a grade 2 (track is graveled the whole way, beautifully maintained steps and river crossing) but it felt harder, but the steep climb is only for the first half of the return, then it morphs into easy gradients with fewer steps. Before we knew it we were back at the car park. Great walk to stop and do on your way out to Piha. Zed had to get home for gaming though so we didn't linger. Next weekend I'm on call so have to stay close to home for that but the weekend after I'll be heading back to the Waitakere dam.


Zed said...

Those steps were a bit of a killer ;o)

Anonymous said...
This comment has been removed by a blog administrator.