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Steep track fazes some
April 2013

Editor

A friend and I eagerly started walking the new Te Araroa track above centennial Highway on Sunday. We will not do it again.
The track starts of easy, but is not for those fazed by heights.
Once it ascends its narrowness makes it difficult for people to pass. Much of it is constructed on a steep face. There are cracks in some places where it's likely some of the track will slip away. Heavy rain will probably bring down parts of the cut-away banks, which will block the track. The steps are steep with no guard rails. Many parts of the path are uneven and rough. In places, rocks which might be dislodged could fall on to railway tracks, endangering trains. It will require constant maintenance.
Instead of this scary track, I would rather see a new path built on the seaward side of the existing highway footpath. It would be used by large numbers of cyclists and walkers and would link with the Pukerua Bay to Plimmerton trail. No swing bridges needed. Once built, no costly maintenance.

Gaynor Bradbury
Paraparaumu

 
Comments
Te Araroa (added 201 weeks ago)
Having walked the track today I must agree with Bruce's comment on the marvelous views and experience. I would not think that maintenance will be a problem since many tracks, paths are regularly maintained across the country and having cycled on the sidewalk from Pukerua Bay to Paekakariki with glass and debris from the motorists, it feels much safer to walk above the highway than next to it.
bruce freestone (added 201 weeks ago)
I have just walked the track with family today and it was a wonderful experience. Yes, there is some steep climbing but the view and thrill of being high above the highway is well worth it. Cannot agree with G Bradbury's overly negative report and applaud the decision to graft a path that puts considerable distance between the walker and the road - an essential ingredient for a satisfying stroll
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