The City to Sea Walkway

March 25th, 2013 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

City to Sea


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The was the final walk of my summer of 13 big . Probably the most challenging as there are almost no flat parts to it, you go up and down almost a dozen times.

The official guide says this walk takes six hours but I managed to do it in just under three hours. Did this one solo as everyone else was busy so you go faster when not talking and walking! Got to listen to some the Economist podcasts until me headphones died.

Starts at the Bolton Street Cemetery and goes up into the Botanical Garden up to the Cable Car. Then down into Kelburn Park and through the Mount Street Cemetery at VUW. You then head along above the Terrace past Boyd Wilson Field and down into Aro Valley.

Then up through Tanera Park and the community gardens there passing into Central Park. You go up over the Renouf Tennis Centre and into Nairn Street Park and Prince of Wales Park. then through some town belt into McAlister Park .
After all the parks you hit the Berhampore Golf Course, then trek up from that to the Tawatawa Ridge and then mainly downhill until you hit the climb up to the Oku Street Reserve. From there you go down into Shorland Park in island Bay on the South coast.

It’s my favourite walkway as it just sneakily manages to link all these discrete parks together, while winding its way from the city to the South coast. Many great views to be enjoyed.

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11 Responses to “The City to Sea Walkway”

  1. Redbaiter (6,464 comments) says:

    “Got to listen to some the Economist podcasts until me headphones died.”

    Gawd really? You listen to stuff that dry? Wouldn’t that make the walk seem so much longer?

    I’m going to try and help you.

    Go here and download the daily mp3 of the Mark Levin show.

    http://www.marklevinshow.com/sectional.asp?id=32930

    All of the adds have been edited out so its about an hour and a half. About a 20 megabyte file each day. IMHO, Mark is the best commentator on American politics there is. In fact I reckon he is the only commentator.

    I listen almost daily on my Samsung 7.7. tablet/ phone. (Can you listen to MP3s on an Iphone? I have deliberately stayed away from all of that controlled Apple shit)

    I really hope you download a couple of shows and listen to them Mr. Farrar.

    Who knows, you may like them, and after a few weeks of listening to Mark Levin, you might ditch all the pain in the arse liberalism, and even become a real right winger.

    Anything is possible.

    Note- you have to click on play (or double click) for each file listed on the right hand side of the page, and then right click on the player to download each file. Choose “save as” and save it somewhere on your phone.

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  2. RRM (8,988 comments) says:

    :???: Because really, who wouldn’t want to politicise their walk in the park?

    So many leftists to hate, so few hours in the day eh?

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  3. Manolo (12,617 comments) says:

    you might ditch all the pain in the arse liberalism, and even become a real right winger. Anything is possible.

    I’m afraid a prime number is not divisible by 2. :D

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  4. Redbaiter (6,464 comments) says:

    Yeah I guess you’re right Manolo.

    And he wouldn’t be welcome in the National Party of course.

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  5. MD (60 comments) says:

    @Manolo 2 is a prime number and is divisible by 2. There is still hope.

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  6. MD (60 comments) says:

    I’ve been a bit inspired by all these walks of David’s and remembered when I was at my fittest in recent decades I was walking 40+ minutes 4 times a week. My office is 37 mins walk away so I’ve started walking that regularly and adding some longer walks on the weekend. I’m still a long way away from being able to do that walkway, but I’m working towards it.
    Mark Levin’s podcast is free on the iTunes store (and yes you can play mp3′s on an iPhone). Personally it’s mostly music or something inspiring / uplifting I listen to – I’ve got a day of work ahead and want a positive mindset to start my day.

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  7. nasska (9,484 comments) says:

    ….”not sure why he has a naked bottom”…..

    It seems that Happy Harry may have been setting the scene for the Rainbow faction of the Labour Party. Who would have thought that the Kilbirnie medicine ball affair may have been part of an arcane ritual dating back 80 odd years.

    Bend over, grease up & eventually you’ll get to enjoy it…..the mantra of socialists everywhere. :)

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  8. David Farrar (1,808 comments) says:

    Thanks RB. I’ve subscribed to Levin.

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  9. thor42 (764 comments) says:

    Well done, doing all those walks DPF!

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  10. RossM (30 comments) says:

    ….”not sure why he has a naked bottom”…..

    The Labour Party may not know much about art, but they know what they like.

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  11. Shunda barunda (2,964 comments) says:

    You must have lost a lot of weight Mr Farrar, good on you. Mrs Barunda has been walking about 70kms a week since November last year and has lost 22kg, it has been absolutely life changing for her and I am very proud of her achievement.

    She also looks like she did when she was 16! :D

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