My Favourite Walk: Te Henui Walkway - New Plymouth
The Te Henui walk/cycle way is the most beautiful one in New Plymouth and as popular as the award winning Coastal Walkway.
It is recognised as a national walkway and has a very rustic charm. It follows the old original sewage pipeline route alongside the rock strewn scenic Te Henui River which flows down from Mt Taranaki. There are several picturesque reserves, exotic native flora, flax and many species of trees along the way including camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolia trees that add a splash of colour when in flower.
Other colourful plants, many of which are considered to be weeds growing on the side of the paths and on the banks, present their own special beauty and character and are part of what makes this area so attractive.
This walk is of peace and tranquillity (considering it is so close to the city centre) where the sound of many different bird songs can be heard along with their presence, the tui, wood pigeon, fantail, bellbird and other common species.
There are several picnic areas, swimming holes, seats, a garden of national significance and exit points onto the city streets along the way.
The walk is beautiful in all seasons with a carpet of yellow daffodils, blossoming trees and natives flowering in spring. It is this variety of flora and attempts to keep everything in its natural character has made this walk so different.