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Unsworth Reserve Loop

Over the years, we have made many visits to Paul Matthews Road off the Upper Harbour Highway in Albany totally unaware that nearby is the huge Unsworth Reserve with the Alexandra Stream flowing through.

The Alexandra Stream is thought to be named after Princess Alexandra who married the Prince of Wales in 1863.

Unsworth Reserve Boardwalk and cycle way © 2011-2013 Unleashed Ventures LimitedRecently a new board walk/ cycle way has been completed.  Obviously we have no idea what was here previously, and can’t imagine how much the project would have cost, but it certainly looks impressive. We hope that it will get a lot of use by recreational and commuting cyclists, pedestrians and joggers. As the many plants and trees grow, it will become a beautiful oasis in the middle of suburban housing.

Along the boardwalk are boards – informing us of ways that water quality is being improved, the past fruit cultivation, ways to reduce erosion and plants – the weeds and natives. And we are impressed with the sign posting.

It was fabulous to walk among many silver ferns, ponga ferns and manuka trees beside the untouched paths along the edge of the reserve.

As we were about to return to the industrial edge of the reserve, we were delighted to spot a pair of adult ducks with about 10 to 12 ducklings swimming and feeding among the reeds in the wetlands of the storm water catchment Omega Pond.

Dogs – off leash exercise areas along route.

Suggested cafe: Cafe Drina

Description: Mostly level paths.
Suitable for most ages and levels of fitness and mobility, designed with flat shoes or running shoes in mind.
Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs/prams/buggies.
To see: Wetlands, park land, ponds.
Time: approx. 60 minutes (about 5.0 kms).
Start:  Rosedale Park. MAP

P3 Dog friendly walks in AucklandStay on track…get your detailed guide and map (AN-092 Unsworth Reserve Loop) over at our Walks Store  and our Book Store (one of 12 walks featured in our book “Dog Friendly Walks part 3”).

 

 

Explore the Shore

Explore the Shore” is a series of three books each containing 10 main walks and compiled by Margaret Scrymgeour. The walks cover a large area of Auckland’s North Shore.

I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret at an Auckland Council Regional Cycling and Walking forum on the 12th June. We have much in common – we have made our walks circular, one hour to one and a half hours in length, and we take in the parks and reserves.

The books are currently free and are available from Libraries and Information Centres. They contain clear directions and a map for each walk.

These books can be downloaded from the Living Streets website:

Volume One: Download Albany & Greenhithe booklet (PDF, 1.5MB) Greenhithe, Chester Park, The Oaks, Kell Park & Lucas Creek, Albany Village & Landing, Civic Centre & Central Albany, Brookfield, Clemows, Rosedale to Unsworth Reserve, Fairview Heights

Volume Two:  Download Bays to Devonport booklet (PDF, 2.4MB) Torbay Coastal, Browns Bay Inland, Murrays Bay Inland, Mairangi Bay, Campbells Bay to Castor Bay, Sunnynook, Around Lake Pupuke, Around Takapuna, Belmont, Devonport Inland

Volume Three: Download Kaipatiki booklet (PDF, 8.0MB) Northcote- Tuff Crater, Old Northcote Point, Birkenhead & Le Roys Bush, Chelsea (Sugar) Heritage Park, Beach Haven, Shepherds Park, Windy Ridge, Glenfield Coast & Bush, Highbury & Eskdale Reserve, Totaravale & Unsworth Reserve

Kaipataki Explorer Online Guide