19 of us turned up for this Sunday walk. Some met at Bracken Ave but most met at the Pakuranga Rotary
Reserve. Kim welcomed everyone specially Sonia Paine, a newcomer. We were pleased to see Nicole and Daniel
on their second walk with the club. Not sure what weather to expect, we were thankful to God for the
glorious sunny day considering that Saturday was wet and miserable and this morning was cloudy. We set
off along a boardwalk on Pakuranga Rotary walkway passing the Tamaki estuary. We saw mangroves before
crossing a bridge to the remnants of an old Panmure bridge and wharf built by Americans during WW11.
Part of the walkway were blocked due to the current Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative (AMETI)
road works and construction of another bridge so we had to walk on the footpath of Pakuranga Road and
Panmure bridge. We arrived at Panmure Basin, did a side track to see a kiwi bird statue overlooking the
bridge which provided photo opportunities for most and proceeded to walk to the Waipuna Miniature Railway
at Paterson Reserve. |
Toilet stops and afternoon tea followed by a devotions from Proverbs 19:20-23
(Our Daily Bread's today reading on "Imperfect Plans"). Even when our plans don't turn out to be the
way we planned, we can be assured that God is using them to teach us- build more faith and character
as we learned from our experiences. We could learn by making the most of such experiences. We are thankful
that through our walks we can make connections with one another and build our relationships.
continued to walk around the basin (3.2km) and going back the same way to the starting point. Along the
way, we walked by Waipuna Hotel, one of the Covid quarantined facility for people coming into NZ. We
saw several birds such as kingfisher, herons, fanatails, shags and ducks on the basin as the tide was
out. We arrived at the reserve by 4.30 pm. Distance 9.4/km.