Sandspit Residents & Ratepayers Assoc.
Family Track Walk
The Sandspit Residents and Ratepayers Association invite you to celebrate our local walking tracks and the effort of all those involved in keeping them maintained.
Come and enjoy a morning of family fun while you get a little exercise.
Memorial to Lester Trewin
It was Lester’s enthusiasm, commitment, tractor and
spade that forged this network of tracks around the
Brick Bay headland. Spot Lester’s spade on the track
between Horseshoe Bay and the Motorcamp.
Photos of the original volunteers spreading metal on a newly formed section of track can be viewed on the "About us" page of this website. .
Points of Interest:
Lester Trewin's spade
Three optional walks:
Walk 1—approx. 4.6kms (allow 50-60 mins)
Walk 2—approx. 4.1kms (allow 40-50 mins)
Walk 3—approx. 3.4kms (allow 30-40 mins)
All walks leave, and lead back to, the Sandspit Yacht
On your return, enjoy a barbeque sausage (or 2) or a bacon buttie courtesy of the Association.
The club bar will be open for other sustenance, at usual club prices.
Lester Trewin Track
Find the bird's nest overhanging one of the tracks and guess which species it belongs.
Picture the brick-making works (old bricks are still found in the bay),
hotel , store and boarding house. “The story is told that Kawau
miners from the copper mine frequently rowed over to Brick Bay hotel
to quench their thirst.” Imagine the row back to the island!
Enjoy the ambience of the canopy of the Morrison pohutakawa, where many bridal parties have had their wedding photos snapped.
Horseshoe Bay Imagine a cluster of cottages and a boatyard in this small bay.
Admire the handiwork of local resident Brian Morrison watching out for the crashed trolley, lookout seat, giant centipede and weta, along with other works.
Brian's work - Giant weta
Many further details of interest can be found in Maurice Copeland’s “The Story of Sandspit”
Our newer residents may be unaware of our publication entitled "The Story of Sandspit" written by Maurice Copeland, a local resident.
It gives an indepth story, from the early days of Maori summer visits to harvest the rich fishing of Kawau Bay, up to the end of the 20th Century.
Brian's work - giant centipede.
Enjoy other handiwork by Brian
on your walk.
Copies of "The Story of Sandspit" are available at $12 each - contact our Hon Treasurer, Mike Smith or any committee member.
Copies are also on sale at Sandspit Cafe, at the wharf.
Follow up -
The track walk was a resounding success with walkers including visitors from Auckland. The day was fine and ended with a sausage sizzle at the Sandspit Yacht Club.
Listening to a talk on the native fauna and flora.
The walk up Brian and Vanessa Morrison's property
to view the works of art by Brian.