It’s true, kauri dieback is threatening our native flora, and the best thing we can do to help is to steer clear of the affected areas in the Waitākere Ranges and higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges. But West Auckland is a treasure trove of natural beauty, and there are still areas you can visit and walks you can do enjoy without putting our kauri trees at risk. The west coast beaches are always worth a visit, and Auckland Council has some recommendations worth checking out.
You can check the Auckland Council kauri webpage to find out what tracks are currently closed due to the spread of kauri dieback.
The absolute best course of action is avoiding forest/areas with native trees anywhere across the region. However, if you do end up in or around affected areas, these are three important steps you need to take:
Scrub – clean all soil off your footwear and gear.
Spray – your footwear and gear with disinfectant at every cleaning station you encounter. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil.
Stay on open tracks and off kauri roots.