Auckland Baptist Tramping Club

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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.

We 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.
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