We start the day at the Auckland Botanical Gardens which covers 65 hectares of stunning plant collections, native forest, lakes and wandering paths. Café Miko in the garden’s visitor centre has great coffees to start and/or finish our walk with.
The Puhinui Stream Forest Trail is next to the Auckland Botanic Gardens and is a well signposted trail through lush forest linking the forest walking tracks between the Botanic Gardens and Totara Park The recently upgraded trail takes about two hours to complete at a leisurely pace. You cross bridges, climb steps, skirt along the edge of paddocks with cows munching the grass all the while wandering through massed tree ferns, nikau palms and native New Zealand bush. There are some steep parts to this part of the walk. Please check the article below.
Totara Park is one of South Auckland’s premier parks, stretching over 216 hectares and has superb flora, fauna and rolling farmland. It offers several pleasant bush tracks ranging from 20 to 45 minutes walking time. There is also the option to cool off after the walk in the free supervised outdoor swimming and paddling pools.
Meeting Point: The Auckland Botanical Gardens which are situated right next to the Southern Motorway, on Hill road, Manurewa. (Meet inside the entry foyer)
Walking Time: 3-4 hrs depending on where we go and the fitness of the group and length of any breaks
Walk difficulty: Some quite steep parts and suitable for people with good walking fitness.
What to wear and bring: Good walking shoes, water, lunch/snacks, warm jumper and wet weather gear. (Food & drinks are also available from the cafe although a touch on the pricey side)
We will leave on time in fairness to the whole group.
Group members have indicated that they like to walk in a smaller group with a preferred maximum of 25. Therefore the limit on our walks will remain at 25. Thank you for your understanding :-)