Date: 19 November 2009
Wet feet from stream crossings are a thing of the past on the newly up-graded walking track to the Wentworth Falls in the Coromandel Forest Park, near Whangamata.
The track, popular with locals and visitors alike, was badly damaged in a storm several years ago. The $230,000 upgrade has seen two new bridges and several culverts installed, as well as a re-alignment of the track in places that had been washed out by floodwaters. The track has also being re-surfaced with fine metal.
‘The Wentworth Falls Walk is one of our most popular short walks’ says DOC’s Hauraki Area Manager John Gaukrodger. ‘This upgrade means visitors can enjoy it without getting their feet wet. It’s an ideal walk for all ages and varying fitness levels’.
The walk to the falls takes a little over an hour. ‘It’s a great place to see tui and fantail, and in the summer there’s always the chance of taking a dip in the river to cool off’ says John. Access to the walk starts from DOC’s Wentworth Valley Campground at the end of the Wentworth Valley Road.
Dogs under control are permitted on the walk to the falls but cyclists and mountain bikers are not.