I had one wish for my birthday – to do a bush walk. Is that weird?
I don’t think so. I love getting out into the bush and experiencing nature, especially in New Zealand. There’s something so calming about being in the New Zealand bush – hearing the native birds and not being afraid of icky spiders and bears and other things that can potentially kill you. (Did we ever tell you that New Zealand is awesome?!)
We were in Auckland on my birthday, and so we decided to go to the Hunua Ranges as we had never visited this particular area together before – I know, crazy right?! Especially seeing as the Hunuas are only about an hour from central Auckland. Shocker.
Anyway, I’d found a nice three hour loop track that started at the Hunua Falls carpark, climbed up the Massey Track to Cossey Dam, and then back down the Cossey Gorge Track to the carpark (see the map below).
It was a warm, humid day so the climb for the first hour or so was a bit of a struggle at times – it wasn’t that steep but it was so damn hot! And we (I) aren’t all that fit either. Ugh. But being in that lovely bush made up for it!
We finally reached the top and took a small side loop to a kauri grove, where we saw some impressive forest giants. A little further along we were met with the lovely view across the ranges and over the Cossey Dam – one of Auckland’s freshwater drinking reservoirs.
The second half of the walk was much easier – it was pretty much all downhill! We descended to the dam, and then headed down Cossey Creek and back to the carpark. There was even a stream crossing – but the water level was so low that we rock-hopped across and didn’t have to get our feet wet!
Finally, at the end of the walk, we took the short loop from the carpark to see the Hunua Falls. These falls were pretty impressive (although nothing like those we saw recently in Oregon!).
Hot and sweaty, we hopped in our car and headed back to the city. What a great birthday treat! Here’s hoping we get out to the bush again soon.
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