Advice on Visiting Hereweka
The nature of the terrain and its exposure to the elements means walkers should be prepared for all-weather and ground conditions by ensuring they have good footwear, clothing, food and water. While it can be a beautifully fine day in the City strong winds can make the exposed Hereweka Summit challenging. Care should be taken when crossing Highcliff Road to gain access to any of the routes. While the long and short routes are designed for longer stays, it is possible to undertake shorter visits by parking below Harbour Cone in the pull off area on Highcliff Road. Follow the yellow markers for directions. The trust welcome visitors, but please help us to protect the archaeological and heritage sites by not climbing or entering them. Remember, having a cell phone does not guarantee you good communication in case of an emergency, so ensure you tell people at home where you’re going and when you will be back. Because Hereweka is a working farm please leave all gates as you find them and avoid disturbing stock. The property is closed to the public for lambing from September 1st – November 1st.
If you’re planning a visit to the property, whether it be for a short walk or a longer adventure here is some basic advice to consider before you arrive.
The upper ridges of Hereweka are exposed to south-westerly and north-easterly winds and visitors should be properly prepared for changes in weather conditions.
- Wear appropriate footwear and clothing
- Carry spare clothing in event of bad weather and changing conditions
- Tell people where you’re going before visiting and take a mobile phone with you
- Don’t rely on mobile phone coverage as it is patchy in places on the property.
- Take a drink and something to eat and remember to take out any rubbish with you
- Firearms and fires are not permitted on the property
- Walk in a group or with friends, its safer and more fun with company
- Keep off stone walls and out of old building sites for your safety and the protection of the sites
- Some areas are steep and can be slippery, take care negotiating these areas
- Please obey all warning signs, especially around poison bait and traps
- Use the stiles and fence crossing points only
- Keep all closed gates closed
- Most of all, enjoy your visit, plan ahead and be careful
- The woolshed and yards are off limits to visitors
The Trust intend to place permanent on site interpretation around the walking areas of the property once resources become available. Below is the interpretation designed for that purpose and utilised for the “Hereweka Hike” event on the 6th March 2016. (Click on maps and signs to read in larger view)