Keep on training
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.