Sylvan Park

In which Miles finally lays eyes on Lake Pupuke.

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For a long time I was aware of the existence of Lake Pupuke, a large crater lake in Takapuna, only from looking at maps, even though I had driven around the area quite a bit.  One day when I had nice weather and some free time I decided to go to Sylvan Park to have a look.

Lake Pupuke
Lake Pupuke

Sylvan Park itself is pretty small.  But there is a path that can be followed along the shore of the lake, and that makes all the difference.  Much of the time I felt that I was really in someone’s back yard, but it seemed ok to be there.  Access to the foreshore is either a requirement or a commonly extended courtesy in New Zealand, and I assume this is the case with the lake shore as well.

There were a lot of black swans on the lake, and a lot of other birds as well.

Lake Pupuke black swan
Lake Pupuke black swan

It was an overcast day, but I got to watch the rain come in and keep mostly to the opposite side of the lake.  The weather and Takapuna looked great over the lake.

One day I might see if it is possible to walk all the way around Lake Pupuke.  It was definitely a pleasant enough place for a second visit.

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