By Roger Childs, photos by Pam Childs
The tracks on either side of the Waikanae River are a joy to walk, run and cycle along [see the many pictures we’ve posted over the years —Eds]. Unfortunately, from time to time the variable river flow and changing channels create problems. About 2 km heading east from the Otaihanga Reserve, the river is undermining the south bank trail that runs beside the watercourse.
The result is that a section of the track has been eroding away, making it hazardous to use. The Council has sensibly closed off the affected area and put a diversion in place. This is a delightful 150 metre track which skirts away from the river and winds through bush that has been planted over recent years.
One group that has been directly affected is the Saturday morning Parkrun field. Up to 100 runners and walkers now pass along the new chip-sealed detour on the out and back course to the 5-km turn-around about 600 metres further on. The jury is still out on whether the course is now longer or shorter, but nobody minds!