Otari-Wilton's Bush Walk

Come along for a relaxed walk (on lead) among beautiful native garden and bush.

Otari-Wilton's Bush is one of Wellington's treasures featuring a unique plant sanctuary and forest reserve and includes 100ha of native forest and 5ha of plant collections. Some of Wellington's oldest trees are here, including an 800-year-old rimu.

We'll meet up at the Information Centre and go from there, following a series of colour coded trails for a bit of an explore, and we can stop for a rest at the Troup Picnic area.

So bring along a snack if you like (and treats for the pooch). There are streams and water fountains to get water from for the dogs.

We will then loop back and return to the Information Centre.

There's normally plenty of parking available in the car park at the main Wilton Road entrance.  Otherwise there's a second car park further down off Churchill Drive at the Crofton Downs end.

As with any walk in the NZ outdoors, make sure you are equipped with appropriate footwear, and warm & waterproof clothing, just in case.  If the weather is particularly bad, I will send out an email the morning of the walk advising of cancellation.

This will be an on-lead walk for our dogs in compliance with Otari-Wilton Bush requirements.

Looking forward to having you join us!

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  • Tania S

    Many thanks Alice, Lulu and Macy for sharing one of your favourite walks with us! A really wonderful place to go walking ...... and to get the paws wet. :-)

    November 16, 2013

  • Katiepie

    Such a lovely walk today with both humans and dogs :) - Thanks Alice for showing us this beautiful walk in the middle of a city. I would never have known it was there and its great discovering new places.

    This group is just awesome. I've wanted people to meet and walk my dogs with for many years now. It's so good for my two mates and they are loving them, and I am meeting some really lovely people and new friends. Can't wait for the next one already.

    3 · November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Alice and everyone that was a real treat today - the place was lovely, the company was fantastic and the cream was to have a "loan" dog to walk!

    2 · November 16, 2013

    • Alice Kent C.

      Must confess I was relieved we didn't get lost. Thank you for walking Miley, she would have loved it!

      November 16, 2013

  • Tania S

    Hi Folks, we are abouut to head off on our walk, catch up with us. :-) we are doing the circular walk down to the Troupe picnic area, then to the old cemetary. Cheers, Tania[masked]

    November 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    You are ALL soo sweet - have had a terrible few days - the loss of your pet is unlike anything else. I have had to reframe it to see that Zoe is at peace now and running around happy and painfree and perhaps swimming as she used to do..

    I would love to come and make a HUGE fuss of the other dogs when I am feeling better. We collect Zoe's ashes at the end of this week and will be scattering them at her sunny spot in the garden and at Petone beach, but will come along soon, thanks so much for your comments...

    1 · November 13, 2013

    • Alice Kent C.

      I remember the heartbreak from putting one of our Beagles to sleep due to old age/organ failure. It is hard to remember the good times through the initial agony of loss, hopefully as your heart eases the joyful memories return. I always remember our Phoebe while out walking and like to think she is following along (without the associated mischief!). Please feel free to join us anytime.

      1 · November 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you so much Alice...days like this are hard when she would have LOVED 'baking' in the sun...I collect her ashes today. Many thanks again

      1 · November 14, 2013

  • Jason P.

    @Helen. Ellery is absolutely right and I can volunteer one charming, unique, lovable and slightly stinky mongrel you're more than welcome to shower attention on. :)

    1 · November 13, 2013

  • Ellery M.

    @Helen, when you feel ready I'm sure any of our dogs would love to give you a cuddle & a kiss

    3 · November 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi All - apologies whilst a member I haven't attended any of these so far. I had (yes had) an old gorgeous dog, who was only up for short walks and wasn't that sociable so whilst I joined this group I hadn't attended. Sadly my baby died on Friday - I knew the end was coming, she was 14 after all, had a great life - we shared LOTS of love and companionship. She had a fit - I was there for her and took her to the vets and the rest is history - so I shall come along to one of these walks soon - atm Im grieving for my bestest friend Zoe...but I will be there ONE Day :))

    1 · November 10, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      thank you so much Tania - still grieving - I hadn't realised losing a pet is sooo much harder than losing someone else because you are that much closer....

      November 12, 2013

    • Tania S

      No worries Helen. It is definitely hard to lose a pet and you & Zoe were together a long time. The grieving process takes as long as it takes and is a very natural thing. Don't rush yourself. :-)

      1 · November 12, 2013

  • Lyndsay

    Sorry to hear that, sounds like she had a lovely life your Zoe.

    November 10, 2013

  • Michaela

    Sounds great :-)

    1 · November 6, 2013

  • Alice Kent C.

    Goodie, one of my favs!

    1 · October 18, 2013

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