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Ms Saolele is hope­ful once peo­ple have trained for Pound the Pave­ment, they will be keen to try more walks. Here are a few of Porirua’s top treks:

Botham­ley Path­way. Botham­ley Path­way is a 4.7 km easy walk which fol­lows an old farm track along the Kenepuru Stream, pass­ing through ar­eas of ex­otic trees and re­gen­er­at­ing na­tives. There are no pub­lic toi­lets. It takes around 1 hour 45 min­utes to walk one-way. Botham­ley Path­way links to Porirua Rail­way Sta­tion car park via the Mepham Pl un­der­pass. To walk the length of the path­way, start at ei­ther Mepham Pl or As­cot Park. There are nu­mer­ous en­try/ exit points along the path­way.

Taua Tapu Track. This ru­ral track be­tween Air­lie Rd and The Track in Plim­mer­ton fea­tures ex­ten­sive views and on a fine, calm day is an ideal walk with a mod­er­ate chal­lenge. The track passes through farm land with fence stiles to climb over. Strong footwear is rec­om­mended. At 1.5km long, the track takes around 40 min­utes one way to walk. En­ter from the top of the track, or to­wards the north­ern end of Air­lie Rd, about 780m be­fore it in­ter­sects with SH1 by the bridge over the rail­way line.

Ara Harakeke. This 8.7 km sealed path­way runs be­tween Pare­mata and Pukerua Bay and is an easy to mod­er­ate chal­lenge. Start­ing at Pare­mata Rail­way Sta­tion the track crosses the bridge, then un­der the rail­way line to Mana Ma­rina and north along the coast. From Plim­mer­ton to Whenua Tapu the track con­tin­ues from the rail­way un­der­pass on Steyne Ave. From Air­lie Rd (at Whenua Tapu) to the Pukerua Bay shops the gra­di­ent is a gen­tle in­cline, get­ting steeper at Pukerua Bay. Pub­lic toi­lets are lo­cated at Plim­mer­ton Do­main and Whenua Tapu Ceme­tery.

Colo­nial Knob. There are three gravel tracks up the Colo­nial Knob area – all of them a chal­leng­ing gra­di­ent. Track A is a 1.8km climb, with stairs, through shel­tered bush. En­ter at the end of the cul de sac near Camp Els­don on Raiha St. It takes about 40 min­utes to reach the top. Track B: The 4km Sum­mit Track starts fur­ther up Raiha St and fol­lows a steep four-wheeldrive track through farm­land with ex­otic and na­tive bush. The track tra­verses the hill­tops to give views across the city and out to Cook Strait. The track is a 1-2 hour walk to the sum­mit. Track C is a 3km walk­way with steps through na­tive bush up to seven pines, then through open farm­land up to the sum­mit. It is roughly 1 hour 45 min­utes to the sum­mit. Ac­cess is from the car park at end of Bro­ken Hill Rd by the land­fill gates. There are no pub­lic toi­lets on the tracks. Take a map, food, drink and warm cloth­ing.

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