Park to PondBeginner
Submitted by Adrian Rhodes
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From the carpark make your way to Prebesen Drive and carefully cross over at the barriered crossing. Head right towards the wooden bridge and the start of the limestone track.
Follow this track along the stream and bottom of the pre-earthquake cliffs where it meets the estuary. Here there is an informative lookout platform and the trail follows the estuary, past the pump station, a large collection of drainage pipes finally meeting the expressway.
Turn left here taking the trail under the expressway, over the weir, and under the old rail bridge. The trail turns up onto the old sealed road bridge, turn left, and after 100m turn left again over the small footbridge. This path winds its way for 1.5k and brings you out at the Pandora Pond carpark.
Follow the limestone path past the wakas along the water's edge. Toilets and water can be found here if needed.
Follow the pavement to the left and over the road bridge after the limestone path starts again on the left. This will take you back to the old road, turn left and head back across the old rail bridge.
At this point, you will turn left and onto the same trail which bought you here. Follow this path back the same way you came back to Park Island.
Features of interest
This route follows the Water trail along through the Ahuiriri Estuary wildlife reserve on land that rose up during the 1931 earthquake. Informative sign boards along the way tell of the history of the area and about wildlife and native birds that can be spotted along the way.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 0%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 90%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Sealed Road: 10%
Park Island Recreation Ground.
Plenty of parking in the carparks alongside the sports field.
Water and toilets are available at the start in Park Island and at the halfway point at the Ahuiriri Pond car park.
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