Are you wondering how we got trapped in the park?
One of the many great things about living in New Zealand is the stunning hiking opportunities. The local regional park near our home is no exception. Nearly two years ago a predator-free fence was built, the non-indigenous mammals roaming around the park were poisoned, and in turn a safe haven for the sheep, cows and native birds was created.
(Yes, clean, green New Zealand does get rid of it’s pests like rats, stouts, possum and bunnies with poison. It’s a story for another day, as this story is about our recent adventure.)
There are several gates that allow entry into the park. Last week my daughter and her friend decided it was time to film a movie they had been working on for a term project. My roll was crazy lady and only the three of us were needed for the scene at dusk. We parked at the Waterfall Gully lot, where one of the few pedestrian gates sits. It has two doors surrounding a passing area so if a predator should enter with a human it won’t be released into the park. The gates are magnetic, allowing only one to open at a time, reinforcing the inability of passing.
About half way though our filming it starts to rain, so by the time we finish and hike back to the car we are quite wet. Unfortunately, whoever went through the gate before us, left the outer one open slightly. Therefore, the magnets won’t release and we are trapped in the park.
A quick call to the park ranger should get us out. Only, now we are part of Auckland Super City, so instead of the ranger answering, my call has been redirected to Auckland Council, where a friendly voice asks how he can help.
“We are locked in Shakespear Park at the Waterfall Gully parking lot. The outer gate was left open, so the inner gate won’t release. Can you send the ranger to let us out?”
“Don’t you know the combination?”
“No, we are at Waterfall Gully, there is no combination. The outer gate was left open, so the inner gate won’t release. Can you please send the ranger to let us out?”
“Where are you?”
“Waterfall Gully in Shakespear Park.”
“I can have the ranger ring you, do you have a phone?”
“Yes, I am talking to you on my phone now. Can you please send the Shakespear Park ranger to Waterfall Gully parking lot to let us out?”
“I don’t know where that is.”
“The ranger will know, there are only three parking areas in this park. It is raining and we are very wet. Can you please send the ranger?”
“I will page the ranger and he will call you so you can tell him where you are.”
And so it goes. We didn’t have to wait long before we saw security. He just happened by, and wasn’t sent to help us. The park ranger never called. However to be fair, we contacted Auckland Council again once we were out to let them know we didn’t need to be rescued.
Have you ever been trapped in the park? What would you have done?
More Shakepsear Park Fun:
- Celebrating Yacht Racing, On-Line Friends, Hiking, and Storytelling
- Playing with an Eel on Okoromai Bay
- Sheep on the Wrong Side of the Fence in New Zealand
- The Changing Tides of Okoromai Bay
- A Sunken Ship in Okoromai Bay, New Zealand
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