With its shockingly beautiful nature, New Zealand is without a doubt one the best hiking locations in the world. For that reason we have listed three of our favourite tracks close by Greenmantle for you to enjoy!
1. Nikau Palm Reserve
Located on the beautiful Kapiti Coast, Nikau Palm Reserve is a gorgeous spot that is perfect for a nice little hike. The shady bush walk has a nice, slightly unkept feeling. Since the total length of the track is only 1,20 km, it is the perfect route for a family with young kids. The stepped path through the bush will take about half an hour to finish and via the gravel path you are able to cross the reserve from one side to the other.
Make sure to make a little pit stop at a supermarket, to get some goodies for a nice picnic. On the top you can find a picnic table with a few seats, to enjoy your delicious snacks.
2. Waimanu Lagoons
Do you love bird watching? Then you should keep on reading! The Waimanu Lagoons route is great track for both cyclists and pedestrians, on which you will spot some unique creatures. Be ready to observe New Zealand scaup, dabchick, grey teal, shoveller and shags. The tall tree in the middle is the spot in which shags roost and breed. If it is your lucky day, you might even find spoonbill roosting at the top of the tree. So don’t forget to bring your binoculars!
There are a few point of which you can excess the lagoons from the surrounding streets. The car park can be found near the river mouth. The total length of the track is 1.43 km.
3. Waikanae Estuary
It is probably impossible to find a more peaceful track than Waikanae Estuary. The reserve is home to over 60 species of birds including banded dotterel, pukeko, dabchick and variable oystercatcher. With a mosaic of freshwater lake lets, saltwater lagoons and marshes, tidal sand flats and sandy beach, the river is truly breath taking. If you are lucky you might even spot domestic travellers enjoying a little layover, such as godwits and knots from Siberia.
The 5,43 km long double track through Waikanae Estuary it a great route for a beautiful nature walk. In 2012 a gorgeous new track was completed that takes you straight across the reserve, so you get to see all the highlights!