Bledisloe to Old West Road
Time: 1.5hrs | Distance: 3.9km one-way | Fitness Level: moderate
City Walk: This one-way walk takes you through a variety of landscapes with native bush, pine forest, farmland and stunning views, and has links through to the Massey Arboretum.
The Bledisloe Park walk is undulating with moderate to steep climbs, and is mostly gravel with some steps. Passing the Turitea Stream, the track emerges into open space and a playground at the Atawhai Road access point, where you can then opt to finish your walk onto Old West Road, or continue on under the bridge, into the nearby Turitea Walkway.
Bledisloe Park is a unique part of this walk, and is home to the Massey Arboretum, an oasis of calm with rare, exotic trees of all shapes and sizes, an historical landmark of sorts for the university campus, and the city. The Turitea Stream babbles through the grounds and birds chirp constantly creating a relaxing soundtrack. The stream is known for both trout and lamprey, and as it flows through the park it banks up to create a few neat swimming holes. Sit in the Gazebo and enjoy the bird song for your soundtrack.
Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies
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