Luckens Reserve

In which Miles visits another small suburban reserve.

There is a gallery of 6 images below.

I do realize that a lot of the places I’ve visited lately, and/or my posts about them, are a bit underwhelming, considering what is available in New Zealand.  I’ll post about some reasons for that soon.  The next place I visited, JFK Memorial Park, I found a lot more interesting, so look out for my post that in a couple of days.  A visit to Muriwai Beach and Mokoroa Falls is coming soon after that.

The largest part of Luckens Reserve is a large lawn that overlooks the Westlake Marina.

Large lawn at Luckens Reserve, view of Westpark Marina
Large lawn at Luckens Reserve, view of Westpark Marina

There is also a playground area near the car park for kids.  The Waipareira Walkway offers a walk along the coast of about 1.5km, and passes through Luckens Reserve.  For some more info visit the planmyplay website.

A path leading down to the shore is surrounded by some attractive bush.

Along the path down to the bay
Along the path down to the bay

The coastline here is very muddy, with a lot of young mangrove.  I didn’t have the right shoes, but I still found it pleasant to stroll along the shore and enjoy the view of downtown Auckland over the bay and harbor.  There were a number of birds foraging in the mud.  I found this to be the best part of Luckens Reserve, and a nice place to spend a couple of hours.

Waipareira Bay, view of central Auckland and Sky Tower
Waipareira Bay, view of central Auckland and Sky Tower

Dogs are welcome at Luckens Reserve.  I passed an older couple coming up from the beach, exchanged greeting, and continued my ascent. A short while later I looked up to see a huge pit bull standing with its legs planted far apart in the middle of the path. It was big, and very thick as well, but I didn’t feel threatened, although that pose was a bit unsettling. I said “hi buddy!”, and he immediately changed his stance, walking forward but also moving to the opposite side of the trail in a way that was almost shy. I continued walking, and after a brief delay it crossed the trail toward me. As it got close I stood still. It walked up and stood with its head close to me, looking away. I talked to it again, and slowly put my hand on its back. It stood there, not moving, so I began to pet its head, which was about at my waist. I like dogs big enough that I can pet just their heads. This dog had short, soft fur covering an enormous skull. It looked like an older dog. After petting and talking to it for a while, I noticed that the couple was standing further down the trail watching. I said “Oh, they’re waiting for you. Nice to meet you buddy!” I gave it a last pat on the head and it went on its way to its owners. What a nice dog!  I wonder how muddy it was upon leaving the “beach” area below.

Enjoy the full gallery of 6 photos below.