Discover Paekawakawa, Tawatawa and Manawa Karioi Reserves
Meet at Paekawakawa Reserve entrance
Between 46 & 48 Derwent Street.
POSTPONED - New date to be advised
Nature lovers are invited to join one of four guided walks to discover some gems of Island Bay’s natural environment.
Please choose a walk depending on your time and fitness levels! All walks start at the same place and time with a 20 minute introduction. Participants will then split off to go on their chosen walk:
Walk #1: Through Paekawakawa reserve to Manawa Karioi and return by the same route. Estimated time: 45 mins - 1 hour.
Walk #2: Through Paekawakawa reserve to Manawa Karioi, down Kōiwi Tohorā track to Rhine St and back to Derwent St via Eden St. Estimated time: 1 - 1.5 hours.
Walk #3: Through Paekawakawa reserve to Manawa Karioi, up Kōiwi Tohorā track to Tawatawa reserve, a visit to the lizard garden and return via the same route. Estimated time: 1 - 1.5 hours.
Walk #4: Through Paekawakawa reserve to Manawa Karioi, around Te Ahi Kā track and return to Derwent St via Paekawakawa reserve. This walk will include a visit to the historic reservoir built to supply water to the Home of Compassion. Estimated time: 1.5 - 2 hours.
The views over Island Bay and Tapu Te Ranga Island from the top of the Paekawakawa reserve are fabulous; and the views over Te Whanganui a Tara (Wellington Harbour) and across to the Remutaka ranges are great from Manawa Karioi’s Te Ahi Kā track. In all three reserves the native bush is coming back nicely, weeds and pests are being controlled and bird life is steadily increasing, thanks to volunteer efforts.
With the exception of one short, steepish section of the track through Paekawakawa, the walks are on well-formed tracks; much of the track through Paekawakawa up to Manawa Karioi is steadily uphill on a good gradient; apart from the short section of the track through Paekawakawa, none of the walks involve steep gradients; baby buggys would need to be carried on the short steep section of the track through Paekawakawa and also on the sections of that track that have steps but the rest of the walks are baby-buggy friendly. Friendly dogs on leads are welcome.
All walks will be accompanied by a guide familiar with the reserves and tracks. A gold coin koha (payable to your guide) to help fund the maintenance and further development of the reserves would be appreciated.
As it won’t always be practical to keep a 2m social distancing, please wear a mask. There will be a QR code to scan at the start.
Walks will go ahead unless the weather is atrocious.