THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO:
Location: Multiple entrances: End of Totara Avenue ; End of Roose Avenue ; Middle of Ngahere Road
Parking: Yes – End of Totara Avenue & end of Roose Avenue there is a cul-de-sac that you can park on; Middle of Ngahere Road there is a gravel patch on the side of the road to park.
Toilets: No, but there is a public toilet down the road off of East Street.
Shoes: Normal walking shoes, however it can be very muddy in patches especially if it has rained recently.
Date Walked: I do this walk regularly, last time I went it had just been raining and the dogs loved jumping in all of the mud!
Weather Conditions: Wet ground, sunny sky
Distance: There are multiple tracks through the park, so depending on where you start and end, the distance can vary a lot.
Time Required: As above, it really depends how long you want to walk for. You can do a very short loop or loop around the forest multiple times. Probably maximum of 45 minutes could be spent here.
Final Rating: ★★★★☆
As mentioned above, there are multiple entrances to the park. As I usually walk here, I enter off of Ngahere Road. There is a small bamboo entrance way about half way up the hill from East Street. If you go through the bamboo and to your right, you will see the start of the bush. From there, head left and you will see a big hill and a massive volcanic boulder, there is a path to the left of the boulder that takes you up a track to the beginning of the other tracks.
These other tracks can also be accessed from the cul-de-sac at the end of Totara Ave, or there is a style that you can climb over if you had come from further up Ngahere Road.
As you can tell, there are so many options so its best to go check it out for yourself and see where it takes you.
Through the park there are lots of lovely trees and lots of different paths weaving through. Be careful if it has been raining as the leaves on the ground can get quite slippery, and the little stream gets very very muddy – which of course my dog jumped straight into!
At the main entrance off of Totara Ave there is a sign with a bit of history on the park, which makes an interesting read.
A must do if you’re in Pukekohe, its a great place to exercise the dogs and to get off the main roads for a change of scenery. There is also a picnic area at the end of Totara Ave.