Rotary Club Of Wellington North. 50th Anniversary project – Te Araroa walkway

Te Araroa logoCreating a new grove.

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For later news ( 1917) on The Grove click here

Thursday afternoon 15 September 2016 we met up with City Council staff and trustees of the Te Araroa Wellington Trust to plant 18 Holm oak trees as part of a club project supporting the Te Araroa Walkway.  The  project commemorates the club’s fiftieth anniversary, and will help provide a sheltered grove near the old Bolton Street cemetery and lower Bowen Street on the pathway linking the Botanical Gardens.

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The trees species was chosen by the City Council as most suitable for the Bolton St Memorial Park locale. The Te Araroa Rotary Grove will form part of the nationwide  Te Araroa walkway which extends from Bluff to Cape Reinga.  The next step in the project is the installation of commemorative signage and an irrigation system to ensure the trees thrive over the centuries ahead. 

The grove was sponsored by the Rotary Club of Wellington North Charitable Trust with specific sponsorship by;  Roy & Dawn Ferguson, Alan & Lyndsay Fraser, David & Hilary Young, Colin & Margaret Lawton, Jenny Middlemass (in memory of Miles), David Pickering, Beth Pethig in memory of Ray, Joanna Tuckwell and the Wine Group (an informal group brought together by Rotary comprising Tony & Sheryl Fryer, Janet Hercus, David King & Margaret Emerre, Jim & Bev Miller, Brian & Janet Poole and Rory & Marie O’Connor, Morris & Margaret Robertson.).

It is proposed to erect a sign in the grove.

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Overview of the Te Araroa Walkway

Te Araroa – New Zealand’s Trail – is a continuous 3,000 km walking track from Cape Reinga to Bluff.

Te Araroa is the ultimate 5-month New Zealand experience, but also offers section tramps lasting anything from a few days to a week or more, and many attractive day or overnight walks. It is a different kind of trail from the traditional back-country tramping tracks. Te Araroa connects settlements, townships and cities. It’s a corridor that encourages social and economic transactions en route – for marae stays and other cultural experiences, also food and accommodation. The track corridor showcases a wide variety of New Zealand experiences – natural, cultural, and historic.

Te Araroa’s boundaries are the natural boundaries of New Zealand itself. It starts and is brought to a natural halt against the sea. En route it explores New Zealand’s tombolos, its volcanoes, its range and mountain uplift, its rivers, lakes and valleys. Successful long trails overseas generally have a geographic and geological unity. Te Araroa’s variety is underpinned by the mightiest geology of all – tectonic plate subduction. When walking New Zealand, you are walking also the Pacific Plate boundary or – at least sometimes – along the Rim of Fire.

The long trail concept in New Zealand has a venerable history. In 1975 just such a “scenic trail” based on the Pennine Way, was the founding idea of the NZ Walkways Commission, which carried the long-trail torch briefly, but found it too difficult. The Department of Conservation (DOC) put the same goal into its Walkways Policy of 1995. As part of that policy, DOC also proposed giving high priority to countryside tracks traversing private land. DOC did not have the budgets, or the co-operation of Regional Authorities (RAs) or Territorial Local Authorities (TLAs) to achieve either goal.

Te Araroa Trust (TAT) and its eight regional trusts have achieved what the official bodies could not. RAs and TLAs the length of New Zealand are engaged with Te Araroa, and TAT is now a leading influence in their local and regional walking and cycling strategies. The New Zealand public is also a trail partner. For years the organisation has had a hard battle for funds, and its survival, and lately its flourishing, is due to the many volunteers who have kept the dream alive, and advancing.

For details of the Wellington section of the walkay. See also