For my excursion out of the city this month I returned to Little Waipa Reserve on Lake Karapiro, a place I haven’t visited for some years.
The peace and calm while sitting in the sunshine watching the water flow by was so soothing and relaxing. There were black swans and shags on the river, and I could hear a kingfisher calling on the opposite bank. Perfect!
A lot of introduced aquatic weed is now growing in some of the quieter areas (like the far edge of this nearby river tributary), and there are signs up asking boaties to please clean their boats well to help stop the spread of some of these insidious weeds.
Freedom camping is allowed on the Reserve, and there is even a toilet and shower block available.
Part of the 103km long Waikato River Cycle Trail passes through here, and, looking at the map, some parts look like they would make for a challenging ride.
The road back home led past a house we lived in many years ago. What a disappointment to see it now – some crazy person has gone through, fairly recently, and pollarded every single one of all the beautiful mature trees. I doubt many of them will survive such wonton destruction, and it almost made me cry to see them.