Walks don’t need to be exhaustive strolls through forests and up mountains. Sometimes a quick 15 minute wander can keep cabin fever away.
Especially with little kids, even finding a small stream or bridge can soak up 10 minutes while playing Pooh-sticks or looking for critters. So, here are three local walks for when you are feeling lazy but still need to grab a dose of fresh air.
The A.J. Seeley Gully | Hamilton East
This ecological gem was once a barren piece of land with donkeys grazing on it. Today, it’s a leafy oasis of native and exotic trees with towering California redwoods surrounded by beautiful native kahikatea, kānuka, mānuka and kauri. Explorers will love poking around in the dirt and peering into the small stream. Try and imagine how it once looked as a weedy paddock with donkeys Abigail, Ebenezer, Jessica and Rebecca happily grazing!
Location: The best parking is at the end of Armagh Street.
Accessibility: This walk has an easy gradient but due to the steps and dirt paths it is only suitable for walking. Dogs on leads.
Tills Lookout | Dinsdale
Sometimes you just need a mini adventure where the kids can tucker themselves out tearing down grassy slopes, while you sit down and relax. This is it! It’s amazing that this adventure is so close to town. Especially with the 360 degree views across the city; out east to Mount Pirongia, all across the city to Te Aroha and north over rolling green countryside.
Location: Park at the top of Melva Street in Dinsdale.
Accessibility: Easy wide concrete path suitable for buggies. Dogs on leads.
Hammond Park | Riverlea
Kids will love the meandering boardwalk perched alongside a forested cliff face with the river surging past. This accessible walk forms an important wildlife corridor that allows tūī and kererū to swoop in from neighbouring forested areas such as Pirongia and Maungākawa to feed. There’s a cool curved bridge to tear along too.
Location: Parking is available on Malcolm Street.
Accessibility: Mix of well formed concrete paths and boardwalk suitable for buggies, bikes and wheelchair users. Dogs on leads.