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About the Friends of Waiwhetu`s Hayward Scenic Reserve

Regular visitors have enjoyed many hours in the Reserve walking the tracks and enjoying its peace and tranquillity. It takes some considerable time to find and traverse all the historic tracks and routes, some of which are quite challenging. Whilst the Hutt City Council maintains the main tracks, the remainder are maintained by nearby residents and a group of "hands-on" volunteers called "Friends of Waiwhetu's Hayward Scenic Reserve".

Thanks to considerable input from a local residents John McKenzie and Russ McStay, this website has been put together to encourage more visitors into the Reserve and to enable existing regular visitors to discover new tracks and places they may not have ventured into.

John McKenzie tried to research the Reserve accurately but there is a real shortage of history and reliable information about the area now embodied in the Reserve. The names given to the tracks referred to in this website were those decided upon by John McKenzie. To the maximum extent possible, he used the names known to have been given to tracks by the original landowner, the late Mr H M Hayward. In doing so, it is possible that some of the names originally used by Mr Hayward have been wrongly allocated to tracks that exist today. If you have historical information to add or wish to see corrected, please feel free to provide feedback to either Hutt City Council (Parks & Property Services) or the "Friends" coordinator, Russ McStay.

If you do come across a maintenance need such as a slip or a tree fall, please contact the coordinator of the "Friends" group, Russ McStay, phone 569-2915, e-mail

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