Seeking Odin Place, Finding Muriel Fisher

I’ve seen Odin Place Reserve on Google Maps, but I’ve found no tracks into it.  I’ve found no information online.  Some reserves are just not developed and/or maintained.  I had read some discussion online about developing Muriel Fisher Reserve, which is connected to Kauri Park.

Odin Place Reserve

I decided to explore Hadfield Street Reserve in hopes of finding a way into the neighboring Odin Place.  I entered from Moller Street.

Hadfield Street Reserve - Muriel Fisher
Island Bay, Hadfield Street Reserve

There’s a small patch of grass along a small rocky beach and stairs up to Poaka Place.  I was looking for a track leading east into Odin Place Reserve, but I saw nothing obvious.

Stairs up to Poaka Place - Muriel Fisher
Stairs up to Poaka Place

I quickly arrived at this bench overlooking the second, much nicer beach at Hadfield Street Reserve.

Hadfield Street Reserve.- Muriel Fisher
Hadfield Street Reserve

There are stairs up the other side, but they lead away from Odin Place Reserve.

Hadfield Street Reserve - Muriel Fisher
Hadfield Street Reserve

As always I was drawn to the foreshore at low tide.

Foreshore at Island Bay - Muriel Fisher
Foreshore at Island Bay

Some of the private shore access in this area is very interesting, like the rope ladder below..

Foreshore at Island Bay - Muriel Fisher
Foreshore at Island Bay

And this dilapidated boat ramp, and even more dilapidated boat.

Foreshore at Island Bay - Muriel Fisher
Foreshore at Island Bay

I searched  bit more, but found no trails into Odin Place Reserve.  I wasn’t interested in venturing in without some sort of path to follow, so I gave up and went to walk for a while around Shepherds Park.

Muriel Fisher Reserve

The next day I went looking for Muriel Fisher Reserve.  I entered Kauri Park from Rangatira Road and followed the easternmost trail south.  I thought I remembered some tracks branching off to the east before the path to Kauri Point Domain and Soldiers Bay.

I found that laminated paper signs had been posted to help me find my way around.  I followed a track to Island Bay Road until other options became available.

Track to Island Bay Road through Muriel Fisher Reserve
Track to Island Bay Road through Muriel Fisher Reserve

Parts of the reserve are apparently named after parts of a farm and homestead, probably that of Muriel Fisher and her husband.

Muriel Fisher Reserve
Muriel Fisher Reserve

There are also apparently kahikatea and nikau groves.

Muriel Fisher Reserve
Muriel Fisher Reserve

The entrance from Island Bay Road is unmarked, and not obvious.  I took another trail back into the reserve, past Madison and Monty’s fort.

Muriel Fisher Reserve
Muriel Fisher Reserve

I never found a trail in the direct pointed to by the sign pictured below.  I walked in a ways, but found neither a track nor a nikau grove.

Muriel Fisher Reserve
Muriel Fisher Reserve

The tracks are a bit overgrown in places, but it seems like many of them had had some work.  If they see more use that should help.

It was good to discover Murial Fisher Reserve, and since it’s so close I’ll probably go back for another look around.  Murial Fisher is behind many of the parks and reserves in the Kaipatiki region, so it’s good to see the one with her name on it being developed.

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