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This is a lovely social walk, ideal starter if you are new to this, feel free to come and join in! The walk is about 4km return or about an hour there and back. As this is a council designated dog exercise area, your dog doesn’t need to be on a lead but it does need to be under control and you are required to carry a leash. If driving North along SH2 you take the right lane past Kelson, turn right at the lights onto Fairway Drive as if heading across the bridge to Avalon but instead turn right into Belmont Domain just before the bridge. Turn left at the little roundabout and head down the back of the school to the riverside parking area. If you went over the bridge, you've missed it! Text me (Andrew) on[masked] if you get lost! :)
Join us for a casual, and highly sociable, stroll through the gardens. We will start from the Cable Car lookout point and work our way down to the rose garden via walking paths and bush tracks, crossing the little creek, rounding the duck pond and through the scented garden. Having said that, we may choose a completely different route on the day :-) We'll stop for refreshments at Picnic Cafe - who kindly have doggy water bowls on offer - and sit and relax among the roses for a bit. We'll then head back up to the Cable Car lookout point using the easy (gentle incline) bush route option. Those who want to leave the walk in the rose garden and head off in other directions are welcome to do so. There is a Tournament Pay & Display Car Park at the Skyline Function Centre right next to the Cable Car at the end of Upland Road. Otherwise you may be able to find street parking closer to Kelburn Village, a 5 or so minute stroll to the Cable Car lookout point. We do this walk in all weather but, if it is particularly bad, I will send out an email by 8.30am on the morning of the walk advising of cancellation. This will be an on-lead walk for our poochies in compliance with Botanic Garden requirements. Looking forward to having you join us! Tania (Ph. [masked]
Time for another visit to Butterfly Creek. This is one of our more challenging walks with a good hill climb in both directions, but the views are amazing! http://tracks.org.nz/track/show/977 In keeping with tradition we have a choice of two walks to get there. The level of difficulty of both walks is regarded as MODERATE. Both walks do involve an upward zig-zag climb (200 vertical metres) over the hills for the first 20-30 minutes. After the ‘hard-part’ you are rewarded with a less strenuous stroll through beautiful and tranquil beech forest along a stream. Both tracks end up at Butterfly Creek picnic area, which is where we'll all hang out for a while to chill and enjoy the nature - so do bring along some food to share, refreshments, toys, balls, etc. PLEASE respect any groups there who may not love dogs as much as we do! We'll then all head back out together in two groups, on whichever track you prefer, aiming for a roughly 2 pm finish. For starters, RSVP and put a note in the Comments letting everyone know which option below best suits you and your dog(s). OPTION 1 - Long Walk to Butterfly Creek (Mackenzie Rd Track) - 11am start At 11am head off on the Mackenzie track (starts at the top of Mackenzie Rd) for a lovely bush walk (off lead) to Butterfly Creek picnic area. We'll meet up with the Kowhai track walkers and hang out for a while to chill and enjoy the nature. The Mackenzie Track to Butterfly Creek takes approx. 1 hour and 45 minutes each way. There is no parking on Mackenzie Rd so park on Muritai Rd and walk up to the start. OPTION 2 - Shorter Walk to Butterfly Creek (Kowhai St Track) - 11.30am At 11.30am head off on the Kowhai track (starts at the top of Kowhai St) for a lovely bush walk (off lead) to Butterfly Creek picnic area. We'll meet up with the Mackenzie track walkers and hang out for a while to chill and enjoy the nature. The Kowhai Street Track takes approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes each way. ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 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'll send out an email by 8.00am on the morning of the event advising of cancellation.
This is a great off lead flat 1 1/2-2 hr walk mostly along the Hutt River. There are plenty of opportunities for doggie swims and is a beautiful easy walk. We meet at Trentham Memorial park car park which you access from Barton Road off Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt. The walk takes us through the park and to the river bank and continues south towards the Silverstream bridge. We will meet by the doggie water fountain in the main car park Barton St entrance.