Backyard Adventures – Waitakere Dam

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Where: The Waitakere Dam is located in, you guessed it, The Waitakere Ranges in Auckland, New Zealand. (Just off Scenic Drive)

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When: Year round! The view of course is beautiful on a clear day however the track down to the dam is concrete, so no mud in the rain!

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What: 

The Waitakere Dam walk is just the start of a heap of different tracks through the ranges. You start with a 30 minute walk down a sealed drive to the dam. You can stop here if you want for lunch and a great view.

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You can then continue on to a summit track to Simla, a tramline track, or a down hill track that joins with the Auckland City walk.

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It’s all down hill to the dam so be prepared for the up hill struggle on the way back. Same with the track joining to the Auckland City walk. If you’re a fan of going up hill first, try the Simla track. Although be prepared, there’s nothing but a sign at the top in the middle of a clearing.

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This is one of my favourite places to visit and I come here almost every weekend. If I’m feeling tired I’ll just go to the dam but if I’m after a challenge I’ll try one of the other walks.

Over the edge Early

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