Monday 27 December 2021

A Riverside Stroll


A bit of cloud cover this morning meant that the temperature was more tolerable, so I took the opportunity of go for an early walk along the banks of the Waikato River.

I was not alone, as there were several others with the same idea – many of them exercising their pooches at the same time.

The path I took was accessed from the Ferry Wharf below Hamilton Gardens, and descended steeply to a small beach before meandering along the river beneath a shady canopy of mature trees.

Eventually this pathway is planned to go for some distance, but there is currently a new bridge being built across the River so my lovely walk came to a sudden and definite halt.

I considered retracing my steps, but, instead, took the uphill climb towards the old Hamilton East cemetery which operated from the 1860s until 1957.

At one end of the cemetery there is an outdoor consecrated area that has been set aside for religious use, and a little further along there is a lookout point dedicated to John Mashlin, one of the founders of what is now Hamilton Gardens.

The view is back over the carpark, with the Gardens entrance on the right, and the River flowing behind the trees on the left side of the photo.  For some strange reason, I forgot to actually photograph the River!

My walk took me 60 minutes in total, and I was glad I had arrived early.  By the time I was leaving there was a steady flow of traffic into the parking area and hoards of people heading off in all directions into various parts of the Gardens.

It was good to get out in Nature again for a change 😊




  1. Your walk in the beautiful garden sounded wonderful, pretty photos too. Thanks for letting me tag along.

  2. You had a lovely walk along the river. I can imagine how enjoyable it was.

  3. What a great place to walk Margaret - and you were wise to get out early!!
    Stay safe

  4. Sounds like a nice way to enjoy a Boxing Day - a sort of 'reset' button.

  5. That looks like a great place for a wander, Margaret. I need time in nature to feel energized and refreshed. The high winds finally ceased here and we could return to the trails. Maybe you’ll get a photo of the river on your next outing.

  6. That sounds like such a nice place to walk. I would love to stand in the spot you took.that last photo.and see the views all around.

  7. A lovely walk! And just in the best time!

    If there were lots of people coming, your *Rules* must have been eased???? Wow!!!

    A question.... Christmas being warm, where you live... Do you decorate with Red and Green? Or is that more for cold climates, I wonder?

    Hugs and Love,
    🌲 ⛄ 🌲 ⛄ 🌲

    1. Our rules were relaxed for the holiday season (summer, when everyone wants to visit family for Xmas and then have a couple of weeks holiday at the beach). Will be interesting to see what happens mid-January.
      Christmas colours are still mostly traditional (green, red, gold, silver), but few people now have real living trees or go for the full hot-roast-and-Christmas-pudding dinner.

  8. I don't think I've ever been to that cemetery, mind you I've only been to Hamilton a couple of times but I really don't have very good memories every time I've been in the city.

  9. That looks like a lovely place to walk. It must have been quite a climb up to where you could look down on the car park. I like those old trees along the path. Good thing you got there early and could have a peaceful walk.

  10. Nice walk, and nice to see green again:)

  11. What a lovely place to walk, and get those batteries recharged. Love the photo of the cemetery with those beautiful trees standing guard. Wishing you the best for the new year, Margaret.


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