The Southern Walkway

November 19th, 2012 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

Southern Walkway


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On Sunday myself and Jordan and Ski Bunny Girl and Gym Girl did the . My plan is to do 13 great over 13 weekends. This was the first of them.

Despite growing up in the southern suburbs, I had never done the Southern Walkway before. We started off in Island Bay and walked around the bays to Houghton Bay. I bored everyone with stories of my how I used to deliver papers there and my techniques for maximising tips!

Then up the hill through Melrose and Mt Albert with good views of the Southern and Eastern suburbs. Then you head down through Newtown hitting the boundary of the zoo and seeing the orangutans. Go through the hidden away Truby King Park which looked so nice I’m going to head back just to explore.

We then headed down to near Kilbirnie, then up Mt Victoria. Eventually hitting the lookout where the girls doted on a huge dog (it was only 6 months old, so will grow to double its current size which was already close to a polar bear!), and finally a winding path down to Oriental Bay, with some stunning views on the way.

The guide says it takes four to five hours, and we did it in two and three quarters of an hour so a reasonably good pace considering there are two hills large hills to traverse.

Next weekend is the Sanctuary to Sea walkway.

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5 Responses to “The Southern Walkway”

  1. Yoza (1,552 comments) says:

    Orangutans at Wellington Zoo? I think those things are called Mandrills.

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  2. hmmokrightitis (1,515 comments) says:

    Did you have a range of seriously cool jerseys when you were delivering papers DPF?

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  3. Longknives (4,471 comments) says:

    Bunny Girl, Gym Girl etc- DPF seems to be New Zealand’s answer to Hugh Hefner…
    I might get into Political Science.

    [DPF: Both just friends!]

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  4. magsta (261 comments) says:

    The primates on the back boundary of the zoo are Hamadryas baboons. No orangutans or mandrills at Wn Zoo.

    [DPF: Ta]

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  5. snowy (106 comments) says:

    I did the Northern walkway on Sunday – some great views from Tinakori Hill

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