2012 Highlights

December 13th: Walked around Hobsonville Point to see the munition depots followed by a shared lunch beside Catalina Cafe.


30th: We walked along a new grass track off Lake Panorama Drive through to Tasman View Road. Babich Hills subdivision opened for access.


2nd: Train ride to Sunnyvale. Walked around Serwayne Place to see old railbridge abutments on the Waikumete Stream. (see photo) The railway line was realigned here about 1949. The old line ran from Railside Ave, over Oratia Stream bridge, through 24- 26 Serwayne Place, over Waikumete Stream bridge, then alongside Rangeview Road, where today's West Auckland Woodturners Club and Slot Car Club buildings are located. Two new rail bridges were built during the realignment; one slightly southwards of the old bridge over the Oratia Stream and one to underpass Seymour Rd.


26th: Walked to Lonesome Brook railbridge at North Candia Rd and saw unusual golf ball fungi.

A new footpath was opened to walk between Midhurst Avenue and Sturges Road.

19th: Walked to Corban Ave and around the grassed paddocks that were once Henderson's dump. Someone remembered picking blackberries here many years ago - well fertilized. A brass plaque beside Henderson Valley Road was a reminder of a death caused by a methane gas explosion in 1995.

17th: Walked to see the Golden Gumboot at Kiwi Valley on Henderson Valley Road.


A new road at Babich Hills subdivision being formed to join Millcroft Lane. Vino Cina opened off Simpson Road.

Walk-it Series, Thursday 14th June. We walked to Lake Panorama. NZ Herald Saturday May 12th 2012 featured a photo of our group in the Weekend section page D3.

10th: An informative Sunday walk around Ponsonby led by Peter who showed us old photgraphs of historic buildings and was a treasure trove of knowledge on the history of the area.

5th: Taipari Strand Te Atatu Peninsula.

May 2012: Trip to Oakly Creek followed by Yum Cha lunch at Avondale.

May 1st: Walked the new Beveridge Track from Arataki Visitor Centre.

April ANZAC week.Tuesday: Walked to Swanson R.S.A. Thursday: Walked to Henderson R.S.A.

Walked down Babich Road and saw the huge refrigerated trucks bringing grapes up from Hawkes Bay to Babich winery.


Saturday 31st March Open Day at the Sturges West Community House at 12 noon. A short local walk around the site of the historic Golden Sunset Vineyard.

29th March: Loop around the Pony Club, Henderson Valley and Border Rd.

27th March: Rathgar Rd and Frank Evans Place.

20th March: Metcalfe Rd and Milli Way.

15th March: Walked to Don Buck's Camp at the corner of Glen and Don Buck Roads. The carpark was being relaid.

13th March: Corban landmarks walk.


28th: Walked to the bullock carving opposite Hart Domain in Henderson.

26th: Sunday walk from Coyle Park, Pt Chev to Meola Reef followed by a picnic lunch.

24th: Walked around Ranui

22nd: 10km walk around Lake Panorama, Virginia St and Opanuku Stream.

17th:Walked to Corbans Art Centre.

Four of our members turned 70 years old over the last few months.


Walked to Swanson Railway Cafe.

Carpooled transport to Massey. Walked around Flaunty Reserve and Moire Park.