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Beagle Walk – Sat 7th May 2016 – Waitawa Regional Park

Location: Waitawa Regional Park
Date: Saturday 7th May 2016
Time: 9.45am for a 10am start
Meeting Place: Car park
Directions: Head towards Clevedon, and then head towards Kawakawa Bay.

Use the Google map at the bottom of this page to plan your route.

All existing and prospective club members are welcome to attend any of our beagle walks.  Please always bring doggy doo bags and leads.

Bring a picnic and some drinks to enjoy during the walk.

Walk details:

This is not a suitable walk for unfit or physically disabled members, but there is an option to meet up on the beach.

This is a rather steep area for walking with metal and dirt tracks, plus has some magnificent views.

This walk is on-lead for the walk, but off-lead on the beach so our beagles can have a bit of a romp around.

Photos are Picnic area, BBQ area ,Heading towards Car park and part of track.

There are toilets available if needed.

Note: It is advisable not to leave any valuables in vehicles. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for poor weather conditions and off road walking; Beagle Walks go ahead rain or shine! Remember to bring poo bags for your dogs.

Please advise either Amanda Jackson (021 242 1594) or Karen Staniland (09-810 9516) the day prior to the event, or simply turn up in plenty of time on the day.

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Western Springs Walk 13th Feb 2016

What better way to restart the Beagle Walks for 2016!

A gentle walk through and around the Western Springs park on a cool yet sunny Summer’s day.

Team Beagle 2

Photos by James Green
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Beagle Walk – Sat March 19th – Fairy Falls

Location: Fairy Falls, Waitakere Ranges
Date: Saturday 19th March 2016
Time: 9.45am for a 10am start
Meeting Place: Scenic Drive – Fairy Falls car park – see photos below
Directions: Via Scenic Drive (map at bottom of page)
From SH16 heading West, take exit 16 for Lincoln Road toward Urban Route 19.Turn left onto Lincoln Rd (if coming from the other direction – turn Right onto Lincoln Road)After 1km, take Swanson Rd to Scenic Dr in Henderson ValleyAfter 14.5 km (approx 19 mins), turn right onto Universal Drive

After 1.8km at the roundabout, take the 2nd exit onto Swanson Road

After 4.3 km Swanson Road bears left and becomes Scenic Drive

Follow Scenic Drive for approximately 8.5km (it bears left a few times so watch out for tricksy junctions)

All existing and prospective club members are welcome to attend any of our beagle walks.  Please always bring doggy doo bags and leads.

Bring a picnic and some drinks to enjoy during the walk.

Walk details:

From Scenic Drive, opposite the parking area, the initial section of track is level and gravelled but later descends steeply to the top of Fairy Falls. The track then makes an extremely steep descent beside the falls to a pool at the bottom. We will be walking back up the stairs beside the falls to return to Scenic Drive. The tracks are all formed and drained surfaces with some boardwalks and stairs, however, waterways are generally not bridged. There is a toilet at the start of the track across the road from the car park.

Allow 1½ to 2 hours for this walk.

  • A reasonable level of fitness will be required for this walk due to the steep grades.
  • Wear good walking shoes as the track can be slippery near waterways.
  • This walk is NOT suitable for wheelchairs or prams.
  • Dogs must be ON LEASH at all times in the Waitakere Ranges.
  • Make sure you have plenty of water/drinks for you and  your dogs.

Note: It is advisable not to leave any valuables in vehicles. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for poor weather conditions and off road walking; Beagle Walks go ahead rain or shine! Remember to bring poo bags for your dogs.

Please advise either Amanda Jackson (021 242 1594) or Karen Staniland (09-810 9516) the day prior to the event, or simply turn up in plenty of time on the day.

Beagle Walk – Sat Feb 13th – Western Springs

Location: Western Springs Park
Date: Saturday 13th Feb 2016
Time: 10am
Meeting Place: Corner of Motions Rd and Great North Rd
Directions: From SH1: Travel west on SH16. Take Exit 6 towards “St Lukes Rd, Zoo/MOTAT”. Turn right at the top of the exit road heading towards MOTAT, then keep left. Turn left onto Great North Road. Approximately 500m on the right is Motions Road.

From West Auckland: Travel down SH16 towards SH1 and take Exit 6 towards Pt Chevalier. At the end of the slip road, continue straight on to Great North Road. Go straight on at the traffic lights. Motions Road is the 6th turning on the left.

View the Google Map at the bottom of this page for further information.

Parking: Park where you can, either on Motions Road, Great North Road, or in the zoo carpark

All existing and prospective club members are welcome to attend any of our beagle walks.  Please always bring doggy doo bags and leads.

Bring a picnic and some drinks to enjoy after the walk.

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Walk details:
The walk will take place around the Western Springs Lakeside Park. Dogs must be on leads at all times. Western Springs is a wildlife sanctuary surrounding a natural spring-fed lake, one of Auckland’s early water supplies.

The park has a well-developed network of footpaths that includes walking tracks and boardwalks through the wetlands.

The lake is a refuge for the native Orea (long finned eel), who can be seen trailing the swans and ducks. The birds and eels are tame and can be coaxed to take food. The eels are an original part of the cultural and ecological heritage of Western Springs Lake – a fact that is reflected in the lake’s Māori name ‘Te Wai Orea’, which means ‘waters of the eel’.  The Orea is found only in New Zealand and has recently been classified by the Department of Conservation as ‘in gradual decline’, which unfortunately means it is likely to be extinct within 50 years.

Around the shores and wetlands, wild fowl including native Pukeko, Teal, Australian Coot, and Shovelers can be freely viewed amongst regenerating native plants, wide-open lawns, gardens, water gardens and water lilies.

There are unisex toilets, a play area for children, picnic areas and plenty of wide open spaces.

Make sure you have plenty of water/drinks for you and  your dogs.

Note: It is advisable not to leave any valuables in vehicles. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for poor weather conditions and off road walking; Beagle Walks go ahead rain or shine! Remember to bring poo bags for your dogs.

Please advise either Amanda Jackson (021 242 1594) or Karen Staniland (09-810 9516) the day prior to the event, or simply turn up in plenty of time on the day.

Beagle Walk – Oct 10th – Orakei Basin

Important Note: change of meeting place due to closure of planned Carpark

Location: Orakei Basin

Date: October 10 2015

Time: 10am

Meeting Place: “Park and Ride” carpark next to Kings plant barn

Route: travel along Tamaki drive from the CBD until you come to Ngapipi Road on your right just pass the Orakei Motor Boat Club, travel along approximately 300 mtrs to Orakei Road on your right, approximately 50mtrs from this intersection is the entrance to the car park of the Kings Plant Barn, turn right into this, there is a “Park & Ride ” Railway carpark, we will meet here.

Walk details:

The walk is a circular walk around the basin, there is a pathway from Orakei Railway Station and under Orakei Road that leads directly onto the boardwalk that crosses Orakei Basin beside the railway line. The Basin is a Tidal lagoon in a Volcanic crater, this walk takes you through small patches of bush and up high onto the ridge for a view of the city Skyline.

The walk is a mix of levels and steep paths, steep steps, suitable for most ages and levels of fitness and mobility, designed with flat shoes or running shoes in mind. This is a dog friendly walk with off leash area.

Walk Time approximately 45 minutes