Still working my way through the Kaipatiki Explorer, I set out to explore Witheford Reserve.
Kaipatiki Explorer 2017 doesn’t offer maps of many of the smaller reserves. The map above is from Kaipatiki Explorer 2015.
I parked at the end of Noeleen Street, and entered Witheford Reserve via a narrow path between houses.
At the end of the path pictured above a set of stairs descends into the abundant, verdant bush (I’ve worn out adjectives like “dense” and “lush” in my posts about Kaipatiki region parks).
A second set of stairs is really steep. If you leave the reserve via Noeleen Street or Valcrest Place you’re in for a good workout.
Fallen trees blocked the first bridge I came to, but I was able to get past them, and continue on a worn but solid boardwalk.
This reserve is a bit rough around the edges, but other than the fallen trees the bridges and stairs are safe, although the latter are a bit steep in places, and the trails are solid and in most place drain well, and don’t get too muddy.
At the south end of the reserve you have four options – you can exit onto Witheford Drive, you can continue on to Manuka Reserve, or you can cross the bridge and head south to Eskdale Reserve, or north to continue walking around Witheford Reserve.
I usually like a good loop, but it would have been more enjoyable to walk back through the center of the reserve. I had a look at the path along Kaipatiki Road, and it looked reasonably pleasant at the start.
But soon it turned into this.
And then into this. Eventually I was tightrope walking the curb to try to avoid actually walking in the road.
The entrance back into the reserve is across from a school, but there is no place nearby to cross Kaipatiki Road, and no place nearby to park.
The bush was a pleasant change from Kaipatiki Road and immediate confirmation that walking back inside the reserve was the better option.
It is a fairly short walk back to the steep stairs at the north end of Witheford Reserve.
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