Huatoki Walkway

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The walk starts at the mouth of the stream beside Len Lye’s Wind Wand sculpture on New Plymouth’s foreshore. The stream runs between Puke Ariki Landing and the Centre City mall. Cross Ariki St. and walk up the eastern side of Brougham St, New Plymouth’s original main street.

Continue up to the Halamoana sculpture on the corner of Powderham St. created by local Tongan artist Filipe Tohi. Cross Powderham St. at the lights and turn left, walking with the traffic down to Sir Victor Davies Park.

The rock embankment you will see on the right was built as part of the railway that used to run through here before it was moved to the coast. When you come out of Sir Victor Davies Park into the car park, walk towards and under the Vivian St. viaduct.

The walkway continues beside the river, past the old flour mill site, to the quarry below the prison. The prisoners used to load gravel onto trucks here with shovels. The walkway continues at the far end of the quarry (the bridge to your left provides access to Carrington St).

Once you reach Mill Rd. walk a short distance down to the street and re-enter the walkway. Continue on past the bottom of Maratahu St. and up a short rise. From here you go under the Parsons St. Bridge, and up to a playground.

Look for the concrete path to follow, just to the right. You will come to a bridge, which only provides walkway access; you then need to continue to the right of this, beside the river. The steepest piece of the track is next, before descending to Brois St.

The track continues diagonally to the left. When you enter the bush it opens quickly onto grassed playing or picnic areas. This is the lower part of the Huatoki Domain.

To get to the Tupari Reserve (another seven minutes) cross the road access to the domain and head up the steps on the bank to the right, then down the Johns Walk. There are more steps involved in this very pretty section of the walkway. Cross Huatoki St. to the Tupari Reserve. This is a pocket of regenerating native bush.

Here there are four tracks to choose from. The loop walk begins on the left, beside the river. Keep left on this and you will come out at the top of the reserve, cross the road and continue in the bush and you will eventually come out to the right of the gate at the entrance to the reserve.

The Bendall Walk, going up the steps, joins up with the loop. There is a myriad of tracks in this reserve, many enjoyed by mountain bikers. The reserve isn’t big enough to get lost for too long, and you can always use the gravel road as an escape route.

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Coastal Walkway, New Plymouth

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