Piwakawaka

Name

Piwakawaka (Odell Reserve)

Location

Ngaio, Wellington, New Zealand

Overview

Historic track to Old Porirua Road over reservoir lookout.

Grade

Easy

Access

Foot - bicycle okay from Punjab St to top of reservoir

Description

There is a large sign on Punjab St for Odell Reserve and Piwakawaka track. There is a tarsealed track to the reservoir at the top of the hill (gate blocks cars, but okay for bicycles). There are great views from the lookout to Wellington City and across Ngaio and Khandallah areas, and down into Ngaio gorge. It is popular spot to view fireworks on 5 November.

The track down from the reservoir to Old Porirua Road goes through trees. There are steps in places but it can be a bit muddy and slippy after rain. There are a couple of "unofficial" side tracks which will take you down to the end of cul-de-sacs in Harbour Lights.

There are a couple of seats on the way, including one just outside the back lawn of a house with a brilliant view (and no fence between their lawn and the track). A little further down is an unofficial shortcut track to Captain Edward Daniel Drive. It is well marked, short, but a little rough.

The track emerges on Old Porirua Road just a few metres above the Harbour Lights turn-off.

On top of Khandallah water reservoir Water tank

Entrance to Piwakawaka track from Old Porirua Road Piwakawaka track steps

Getting there

The start of the track is easy to find off Punjab St in Khandallah. The other end of the track on Old Porirua Road is easy to miss and there is no parking at that end.

Length

1.04km

Conditions

Single track

Altitude

gain51m loss92m begin167m end126m

Last modified

28 Jan 2012 by ledzep

Created by

ledzep

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