Nikau Reserve is at Paraparaumu. Dogs are allowed, on leads. The loop walk is an easy walk, or you can go up to the lookout.
Starting out, enjoying the beautiful greenery . . .
It was another hot day—about 28 degrees (Celcius)—so the shade from the Nikaus and trees was wonderful. There was a lovely cool breeze as well.
Then we came to the "Lookout" marker. The sign earlier had said it was a "steep" walk to the lookout. It didn't look too bad from here . . . so we decided to head up to the lookout.
Definitely not too taxing. A lovely walkway with mesh to ensure you don't slip when it's wet.
It was soon apparent that I should have believed the sign. The walkway ended, and the track got steeper. And steeper. Most of the walk was like this.
Steep? Yes, it was.
Then we spied a Keruru lurking in the bush off to the side.
Finally, we reached the top. What a fabulous view! That's Kapiti Island off shore beyond Paraparaumu.
I was feeling very virtuous . . . I'd made it! Then a lady arrived and told us it was her third time up this week. As if that wasn't enough, just as we started to go down, we met another lady who said this was her FIFTH time in a week! Well, I think once was enough for me. The trek to the lookout is certainly an excellent workout.