Oh, no it doesn’t …
Residents and walkers who use a popular coastal path were mystified last month when a large new sign appeared announcing the end of the track – at least 600 metres before it actually finishes.
Auckland Council contractors installed the new sign on farmland just before the final stretch of bushland on the Ti Point track, even though the path clearly carries on through a pedestrian gate and into the trees. The actual end of the track is much further round the Ti Point peninsula, after the bush section and a further stretch of open, rocky land, where the path eventually runs into a wall of rock.
Following complaints from local residents, Auckland Council’s head of area operations for community facilities, Paul Amaral, admitted that the sign had been installed in the wrong place, blaming “historical data”.
“Following a report that the original ‘End of Track’ sign had been removed, we reinstalled a new sign at the same site. To do this, we relied on historical data, which incorrectly indicated the track ended at this location.
“We are aware that the sign is not at the right site and are in the process of relocating it.”
Council has also said that in future it hopes to upgrade the track itself, plus Ti Point wharf, update other path signage and install maps at either end of the route.