This article was first published in the Tararua Tramper in November 1997
The Whole Town Belt
Sunday 9 March 1997
Sounds a long way? It is 13km as the kereru flies, and a good deal more as we mere mortals walk, rarely in a straight line for more than a short distance.
We climbed to The Crescent play area, from the No.14 bus-stop at the foot of Carlton Gore Road, via Lindum Terrace and the zig-zag from Maida Vale Road. The mirror-glass waters of the harbour made a lovely setting for an almost becalmed maxi yacht. We descended from the Southern Walkway to Hay Street Reserve, climbed to Bayview Terrace then walked south to scroggin in a glade near Jonna Victoria Poulsen's memorial seat.
Pressing south, we enjoyed lunch 1 at Truby King Park and noted the arson attempts on Mt Albert, before swinging west to descend the golf course's eastern side to Adelaide Road. Some members bought extra food at a dairy, realising the need to feed a little and often to maintain stamina. We had our next "refuelling" of lunch 2 in bright sun at Farnham Street play area on the City to Sea Walkway.
By the time we had scroggin in Central Park, on the grass on what was the bed of "Bell Bird Lake", fed by Moturua Stream, some people had left us, and the rest of us were probably a little jaded by heat and distance.
More food, this time from a mobile ice cream vendor at the top of the cable car that somehow signalled the approach to the end of our attempted traverse of the whole Town Belt. We continued north on the combined City to Sea and Northern Walkways to Anderson Park, about one and a quarter hours short of our goal at Highland Park shops. We had taken almost 8 hours in total. Not to worry, there'll be another time!
This trip would best be attempted as a M/F trip, so look for it on a Saturday on one of the 1998 fixture cards. Among the attractions of it are the many views of the city, hills and harbour, and for those with failing feet, it crosses several bus routes, and the top of the cable car, and passes four dairies and Aro Street bakery and cafe. Oops! The topic of food again!
- Fay Barclay, Diana Barnes, Virginia Bull, Pat Crosby, Sue Cuthbertson, Margaret Foden, John Hart, Chris Horne (leader/scribe), Mary Inglis, Ben Moore, Syd Moore, Ken Mosley, Kath Offer, Jim Paterson, June Paterson, Michael Pitt, Warwick Powell.
- Warwick Powell has been contracted by Wellington City Council to set up the Volunteer Rangers' Scheme, and the organisation "Friends of the Town Belt Inc".