This is a relatively new walk to Invercargill. I say new – perhaps more new to me since growing up here as a kid – I suspect it has been here longer than I realise……
It starts at the old Stead Street wharf with a car park by the Jellicoe Sea Scouts clubroom and you can either go towards town or towards Bluff. We were taking the towards Bluff option.
There was not a breath of wind so we were afforded some great reflections of the old wharf in the water. The tide was slowly coming in.
This is a walking and cycle trail and we are passed by runners, bikers, other walkers with their dogs and parents out with the young ones in the push chairs all making the most of the lovely sunny morning.
The 4.7km loop track begins by following the edge of the Estuary with information points along the way. The history of the area is quite fascinating with one photo showing the busy port with all the boats coming in and another photo showing it was known as “pleasure bay lagoon” popular for swimming and relaxing in the sun.
Mother and daughter enjoying a stroll.
Before the loop winds its way around to come back on itself there is a rest stop complete with shelter where a young couple on their bikes take in the peace and tranquility of the ducks and swans out on the lagoon of the estuary.
Then there the most fantastic board walk to get across the lagoon safely. There are warning signs that in extreme tides or weather the boardwalk may not be passable. We can see why as with the tide coming in even slowly the water is already rising up under the boardwalk – it would be impressive to see at high tide.
There are numerous swans and ducks out on the water enjoying the safety of the location.
We’re now on the other side of the estuary following the bank of the lagoon with railway line to the other side of us. We just missed a train going passed – would have made a great photo but we were too busy chatting so you’ll just have to trust me that it looked really cool…….
Times change as industry grows but it is nice to have this area reclaimed and now utilised again for recreation. This is a very relaxing walk and lovely asset for the town.
History walk and exercise all in one. Back to the old wharf and the car park – just in time for lunch.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth on the West Coast of the South Island. Whew that is a mouthful! They enjoy getting out and about and exploring and sharing their discoveries and adventures.