Day 229, Saturday 7 April 2018
Te Muri is probably the least known of Auckland’s regional parks. I’m not entirely sure if I have this right, but it was purchased by the council in the 1970s as part of Mahurangi Regional Park, and became a separate park in February 2017.
The only public access at present is by boat, or by foot wading from Mahurangi West across Te Muri estuary at low tide. A proposal for road access off Hungry Creek Road was rejected. A boardwalk/footbridge across Te Muri stream is under consideration.
Knowing I would not be able to get to the beach, but hoping I might get a view over it, I rode up Hungry Creek Road today. I’ve seen this road, which goes off State Highway 1 near Puhoi, many times and thought the name was appealing. Hungry Creek Road is a metal road in good repair but with some steep slopes. It ends after a little less than two kilometres, with a locked gate and a notice forbidding access. The road continues beyond the gate looking very appealing, but I respected the sign. There’s no view of the beach from the public part of the road.
Distance travelled: 110 km. Total distance so far: 30,009 km