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.
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.
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.
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.