Gina and I decided to go local this week, so after a bit of searching on Google I found a reserve neither of us had visited before, so we thought it was worth a visit. The reserve is called Tutukiwi Reserve and is located on Moonshine Valley Road in Aokautere , a 15 minute drive from Palmerston North. and can be found on the Palmerston North, City Council site, under Facilities and Parks, there’s 12 pages of listings, in all.
Tutukiwi reserve is a picturesque reserve, you can go for a walk or have a picnic there. The picnic area , in my opinion, would maybe be suitable for wheelchairs, if the grass were mown short and the barrier gate was opened. As they do have a car parking area.
As you leave the picnic area you have to cross over a bridge and there on the other side, we were greeted by a tree-lined pond/wetland with ducks in the water, water lilies and the sound of Tuis and Kingfishers, which we did manage to see, along with swallows, as we were leaving the reserve.
All in all, a great spot if you want to chill out and take a break.
We then stopped off at the Manawatu River, in Ashhurst we were intending to go for a swim but ended up having a paddle instead. The water was warm but the river level is certainly very low, as you will see from the photos and it is not even the end of January.
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