My Favourite Walk: Te Henui Walk­way - New Ply­mouth

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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.

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