Tamatea Circuit Walk
Duration: 1 hour 15 mins (walking)
This triangular route follows the courses of the Pirimu Drain and the saltwater drain with a link across Anderson Park. Depending on conditions underfoot, you may choose to walk on grass or on the roadside footpaths running parallel with most of the route.
Start at the corner of York Avenue, walk west and north along Westminster Avenue. At Clyde Jeffrey Drive, you may turn off left to sample the 8.6kms of walks within the Park Island Recreation Reserve.
Continuing along Westminster Avenue, the route crosses Tamatea Drive and passes around the north point of Tamatea to the Purimu Drain Reserve.
Follow the reserve south to the intersection with Taradale Road. Cross Taradale Road to the east side of the Purimu Drain, proceed down the steps and follow the eastern bank of the drain to Kennedy Road.
Cross Kennedy Road and take the west bank of the drain reserve beside Hamlin Place and Atherfold Crescent as far as the public footpath between Nos 40 and 42A Atherfold Crescent. The Anderson Park footpath passes along the north side of the lake and turns off to meet Freyberg Avenue. Continue west along Freyberg Avenue to the far corner of the park and turn left. A short walk will bring you back to the starting point at Westminster Avenue.
Round The Islands Walk
Part of a large area uplifted by the 1931 earthquake, the Park Island Recreation Reserve offers a variety of circular walks of various lengths plus a fitness trail with exercise stations. Linked and overlapping, these walks allow for many starting points and variations.
From Shrimpton Field car park, cross the footbridge over the drain and follow the path to the foot of the hill. Climb the track to the top and turn right. Winding along the tree-clad hillside, there are views to be had across the playing fields and on sunny days the shade can be refreshingly cool. The track emerges from among the trees and follows an almost 180 degree arc around a grassy valley before curving back to again enter a tree belt.
Descend the steps at the end of the track and follow around the corner of the hill. The park's low-lying areas were once mudflats and tidal areas of the Ahuriri Lagoon. Clay and limestone cliffs on the left fronted a shell-strewn beach. Before the earthquake it was possible to sail across the Inner Harbour from Napier to picnic on the shoreline here.
Crossing the end of the valley, between Park Island and the next "island" (Te Umuroimata), the track continues to Taipo Stream. Keeping left along the side of the stream, it passes beneath several tall pine trees where pairs of white-faced herons nest each season.
After crossing a small clearing, the track is confined between a steep bank and the stream. At the end of this section, climb the stile and follow the left hand side of the paddock to yet another stile and onto the Park Island Cemetery Road. Turn right, following the road to its junction with Cato Road and Clyde Jeffrey Drive.
Continue along Clyde Jeffrey Drive and turn left up the access road to the Western Hills Cemetery. The walking track branches off 50 metres to the right and climbs up along the hillside, curving around to emerge onto a flat area, which was once a quarry. From here, there are good views of the southern parts of the reserve and the enclosed hockey and soccer grounds.
The route completes its circle at the top of the steps, and the track leads back down to the starting point at the car park.
Another of the various circular routes in the Park Island Recreation Reserve, this loop starts from the Shrimpton Field car park and crosses the footbridge over the drain heading towards the Western Hills Cemetery. Turn right and skirt the hill until reaching the northwest boundary. Take another right, and with Shrimpton Field on your right, pass to the left of the hedged perimeter of Tremain Field. At the far corner of the field, turn right and follow Saltwater Creek to Clyde Jeffrey Drive. Turn right to follow the footpath back to the starting point.