Date: 17 December 2012
Work on the walking tracks around the Kororipo-Kerikeri Stone Store Basin has been completed in time for the holiday period giving locals and visitors very pleasant routes between Kerikeri township, Pa Road, and the Kororipo-Kerikeri Stone Store Basin. The tracks are also a short section of the national Te Araroa Trail stretching from Cape Reinga to Bluff.
Local DOC track workers Lucky Pickering (Kawakawa), with his background in road construction, and Mark Heihei (Takou Bay) enjoyed the art of shaping and creating a path, contesting with boulders and large gum-tree roots, especially on the Hongi Hika Walk. Mark says, "I feel honoured to be working on the land where my ancestors once lived."
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Kororipo-Kerikeri Stone Store Basin
DOC Bay of Islands project supervisor Katrina Upperton says, "The tracks are a huge improvement. They are popular with schoolchildren and well utilised by locals on their fitness circuits, although Lucky and Mark did notice that foot traffic did drop off somewhat after the Half Marathon! We expect it to pick up again shortly with New Year resolutions and attention to the post-Christmas lunch kilos."
Due to the heavy use by walkers and the surfacing, the Kororipo-Kerikeri Stone Store Basin tracks are not suitable for bikes.