The distance was 9.7km according to Strava, and you can see I had a few decent bits of climbing.
It mostly looked wintry along the way, but there were a few remnants of autumn to be seen.
I love the little bridges that cross over the Turitea Stream.
There's quite a bit of kawakawa- pepper tree- in the bush near the stream.
And where some branches had been cut near the track, it revealed this beautiful design inside.
There were still a few signs of the colour of autumn around.
Although the pathways are not too far away from busy roads, it all feels very rural.
This little lake is always a favourite view. The skies looked quite dramatic overhead today.
Another little rural tidbit.
More drama in the skies, at the top of the walk near Pacific Drive, looking out towards the Ruahines.
Here's another attempt to show 'steepness'.
This is on the route mostly downhill near Summerhill Drive, back towards the bridge.
Gorse in flower
Back down on the flat is this magnificent totara tree, in paddocks not far from the river.
It was a great walk and really woke up my muscles. These walkways give a great opportunity for some hill climbing in a mostly flat city on the floodplains. Will have to do it again sometime!