Pahurehure Esplanade Walkway

The Pahurehure Boardwalk and Esplanade Walkway is a walk around the Pahurehure Inlet in Papakura.

Pahurehure Inlet at sunset

Pahurehure Inlet at sunset

Pahurehure is reported to mean ‘angry water’ in Māori, because of the wild and turbulent waters of the Manukau Harbour.

I started the walk at Wharf Street Reserve, next to Prince Edward Park, at the end of Wharf Street (off Queen Street).

The path between Ray Small Park (off Elliot Street) and Wharf Street Reserve is currently closed due to unstable cliff conditions. There are plans to upgrade this section of the walkway by building a new 2.2 metre wide concrete path and 2.2 metre wide boardwalk.

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The pathway from Wharf Street Reserve follows the Pahurehure Inlet and Prince Edward Park. This part of the walkway offers plenty of shade from the green leafy trees. The walkway comes out at Katavic Park, off Gills Ave.

Before following the footpath along Gills Ave cross the road to Ernie Clarke Pond to see the ducks and pukeko roaming the grassy slopes and water. There is a viewing platform built looking out over the pond.

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Ernie Clarke Pond

Ernie Clarke Pond

After seeing the ducks I walked along the Gill Ave footpath to where the pathway runs alongside the other side of the Pahurehure Inlet.

This part of the walkway, which was built by Rotary Club of Papakura, comes out by Young’s Park and the Papakura Sea Scout Den. Young’s Park has a children’s playground, public toilets and BBQ facilities.

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Young's Park / Papakura Sea Scout Den

Young’s Park / Papakura Sea Scout Den

Hamilton Lake

Lake Rotoroa (meaning long lake), more commonly known as Hamilton Lake, at 54 hectares is the largest of three lakes in the Hamilton city area.

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Hamilton Lake Domain

There is a 3.8km pathway the circles that lake. It is an easy 45 minute to an hour stroll around the lake. The flat path is well maintained with a paved path and wooden boardwalks, so is suitable for all levels of fitness.

It is a lovely walk. There is plenty to see with ducks, swans and pukekos frolicking on and around the lake. And if you choose a nice day it can be quite magical as the sun or shadows hit the water.

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Pukeko playing in the flax

On the eastern side of the lake there is The Verandah, a cafe and function rooms. I had an apricot chocolate fudge slice and a cold drink, which was a nice end to the walk.

Nearby the cafe there is a children’s playground and picnic area. There is also short bush walks and a golf green on the west side of the lake.

Swings by the lake

Swings by the lake

Children can climb aboard the train opposite the Cafe

Children can climb aboard the train next to the Cafe

Lake Rotoroa is not safe for swimming. Earlier this year tests confirmed that toxic algae had reappeared and the Council advises parents to keep their children away from the water’s edge.

Sadly the Hamilton Lake Domain has had some bad press lately. In May this year a woman was indecently assaulted in the reserve and last month a 15 year-old girl was raped at knife-point. With this blog I do prefer to focus on the positive rather than the negative, but when exploring what this wonderful country has to offer one does have to remember like all places it has a dark side too. So please stay alert and be safe.

 

Hamilton Lake Domain
Vehicle and pedestrian entrance off Ruakiwi Road