"Creeky Valleys" - GWRC Guided Walk - 25 January 2014

Viewing the Transmission Gully Motorway route through Belmont Regional Park

Where the massive bridge will go across Cannons Creek. Though there is good vegetation here, most is quite young and not dense. 2014 'Creeky Valleys' Guided Walk. (Sue Guiniven)

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A good-sized Tawa down by the stream.  This is typical of the largest trees at this point. 2014 'Creeky Valleys' Guided Walk. (Sue Guiniven)

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The Cannons Creek Gorge, a deep bush-filled gut with farmland above. 2014 'Creeky Valleys' Guided Walk. (Jon Gabites)

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The Cannons Creek Gorge, a deep bush-filled gut with farmland above. 2014 'Creeky Valleys' Guided Walk. (Sue Guiniven)

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Dropping down into the upper Cannons Creek valley. 2014 'Creeky Valleys' Guided Walk. (Jon Gabites)

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Viewing the route from above. 2014 'Creeky Valleys' Guided Walk. (Jon Gabites)

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Now well above Duck Creek, the group could see the Tasman Sea out beyond Whitby.  Andy from the 'Friends' is on the right. 2014 'Creeky Valleys' Guided Walk. (Jon Gabites)

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On a fine Saturday 25th January, 2014, Greater Wellington Parks' staff, Wayne Boness and Jon Gabites, led more than 30 people along the route through western Belmont Regional Park, where Transmission Gully Motorway is to be constructed from October THIS YEAR, 2014!  The Park will be changed forever!

From the Takapu Entrance, the group first had a quick look at where the Cannons Creek Bridge, the longest of all at 270 metres, will cross the Cannons Creek gorge, 60 metres or higher above the stream.  Andy Jinks from the Friends of Maara Roa's Committee, our botanist, spoke of the restoration of the vegetation being done by us here. (photos 1 and 2)

The full depth of the narrow gorge can be seen in these views just downstream from the future viaduct. (photo 3 and 4)

Then the group dropped down into the upper Cannons Creek valley just above the big bridge (photo 5).

Then, "we took a horseshoe loop up towards Cannons Head and Round Knob across farmland" where they could view the Motorway route from above (photo 6) and appreciate the great views (photo 7) "before dropping down to a nice sheltered lunch spot above Duck Creek.  Then, back up the Duck Creek track to where we started from."

"It was a great day," says Jon, "and everybody was genuinely interested and grateful for the information kindly shared by Andy and Wayne."