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  • Lesley A
    Wellington, New Zealand18 contributions
    Zealandia just keeps getting better and better. Really easy to see NZ wildlife eg Takahe, Kaka, Tuatara. The place is well laid out, lots to see for a day out. The staff are knowledgeable and passionate about what they do and are willing to stop and chat. Highly recommended.
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • PamelaC
    New Zealand8 contributions
    The interactive experiences. Te Kohanga....the nest; which shares information about animal health and welfare. The Atua and inclusiveness of Reo. Ways in which the Zoo's collaborate to support the survival of critically endangered species, made me rethink my take on all that a Zoo IS.
    Written 28 April 2022
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  • carol j
    Palmerston North, New Zealand1,717 contributions
    How many cities in the world can say they have 100 hectares of native forest and this is the only public botanic garden in NZ dedicated to native plants.
    Easy wheelchair access for some of the walks and there are at least six treks.
    We did the red trek which is mainly steps and in some places steep which takes you to a waterfall .
    There is a picnic domain with bbq and a stream with eels, great for family picnics or children birthdays.
    There is a toilet in the domain area.
    Written 4 March 2021
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  • Adventure Kiwis
    Auckland Central, New Zealand44 contributions
    Free to enter. This is a beautiful place for young and old. There are ducks to feed, loads of grass to have a picnic on and lots shade to rest under. There's a narrow cave around 6 metres or so long that is full of weta! Shine your torch inside and see masses of them crawling on the roof and walls! There is a nice walk here too. Loads of space so you still feel relaxed if it's busy. Lots of carparks available and there are toilets at the entrace.
    Written 4 April 2021
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  • CarolDM1900
    Montpelier, VT3,239 contributions
    Even in winter, this is a fine place to walk, run, bike, or take a slow, scenic drive. But DO IT NOW, before a $500 million development proposed for this tranquil, quirky place turns it into a second Oriental Bay. It will not be the same with several hotels, 350 units in high-rise apartment buildings, lots of shops, offices, and a ferry station.

    I find Shelly Bay charming just the way it is, with its secluded rocky coves, attracting sea birds and fishermen; its sweeping views across the harbor to Mt. Victoria/Wellington City and to Mt. Kaukau/Kandallah; and its simple clapboard buildings that blend in with, rather than dominate, Miramar's charming coastal environment.

    It's true you won't find a sandy beach here. If that's what you're after, just continue north around Point Halswell and you'll soon be at Scorching Bay, with its lovely crescent beach. But the views here at Shelly Bay are striking. There are private nooks along the rocky shore where you can quietly take in nature, read a book, or just contemplate life. There's good food with both indoor and outdoor seating at the Chocolate Fish, interesting art work at the Blackmore & Best Gallery and Studio, and nearby track access to the Massey Memorial and up to Maupuia Park, both with soaring views over the harbor.

    It's also true, that a few of the buildings here could use some tender loving care when it comes to maintenance, and maybe some updating. But they do have a history, first as part of a NZ naval, then a NZ air force, base. And they are built on a human scale. This is not -- yet -- a mega development.

    Shelly Bay "as is" has history, character, interest, and natural beauty. See it now, while you can still can.
    Written 22 July 2018
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  • JanLoads
    Wellington, New Zealand34 contributions
    We walked through to the Butterfly creek picnic area via the Muratai track, and then back down to Eastbourne via the Kowhai street track. All in all this took us about 2 and 1/2 hours solid walking. It is very up and down and by the end of it my knees were protesting....younger walkers however, didn't seem troubled so it might just be an age thing!
    There are some stunning views of the harbour as you get near the top and the bush tracks were well maintained. The Muratai track wasn't gravelled, but that wasn't any bother at all, in fact I preferred it as the gravel can be a bit slippery. All in all, it was a lovely walk and definitely worth doing.
    Like another reviewer, I was surprised at the lack of birdlife though. A couple of tuis and one fantail. Given how beautiful the bush was, I did expect more. Take water and food - it would be good to plan a decent stop at the picnic area before heading back!
    Written 20 January 2019
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  • Vinay H
    Wellington, New Zealand131 contributions
    Club this when visiting the Makara beach. The drive to this area through from Johnsonville is very beautiful, and needs precaution since there are may narrow sections and blind bends, we did witness an accident on our way back unfortunately. The road is otherwise very scenic and tranquil. Access a windmill on a walking path with amazing views.
    Written 6 January 2020
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  • SuperPoule
    Wellington, New Zealand3 contributions
    Great snorkeling trail. Wonderful really, the reserve has really helped the endengered species (crays, octopus,...) to come back, and it's just amazing. The giant kelp forests are a must see as well.
    Written 5 November 2019
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  • TKNgaio
    Palmerston North, New Zealand548 contributions
    The Wairaka Walkway goes between Pukerua Bay and Plimmerton, along the dramatic coastline. It can be walked from either town. We choose starting at Pukerua Bay because of the spectacular coastal views. There is a good winding path down from Pukerua Beach Road, (just off the main highway and where the car can be parked) to the beginning of the park. There are seats along the path to stop and enjoy the views. The path takes you down to the beginning of the Wairaka walkway at Ocean Parade, Pukerua Bay. The Wairaka track itself is stony and very natural, but walkable for active people. It skirts the coast with high hills on one side and rugged coast and sea on the other. In spring the hills are colourful with wild flowers and the native bushes which have adapted to the strong coastal winds and hard winter weather crouch to the hills as if they have been topiaried. You can see Kapiti Island bird sanctuary as you walk along, the island giving its name to this coastal region north of Wellington. The Track goes through to Plimmerton, though for a short walk, we often walk to Wairaka Point and return, about 1 hour. The area is rich in Maori history. There is a beautiful carved pole at the beginning of the walk. Along the way people have built unusual shelters out of the driftwood lying along the coast. The view is always interesting. There is much birdlife. Sometimes also we have seen goats, sheep and small lizards.
    The return trip to Plimmerton is about 16.5 km, so allow about 4 hours if walking briskly.
    Written 26 October 2015
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  • Kitty P
    3 contributions
    Steep hill climb through Bush. Climbing from root to root, but cool on hot day. Bench had no shade and Bush in front so view only when standing on bench. At the ridge nice level walking. Downhill we went to the koramari road steep gravel Zin zag path great views but no shade from the sun. Lovely walkers on track which could give advice which way to go or how long further to climb
    Written 18 January 2018
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