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Hidden Gem: Lady Phoenix Reserve, Greenhithe

October 24, 2012
Lady Phoenix Reserve View

How nice is this? (and some locals don’t even know it exists)

If you’re riding between Albany and Greenhithe this picturesque section of bike-path enables you to cut between the Schnapper Rock and Wainoni neighbourhoods. Have a look on Google Maps, the track joins Miromiro Street (which borders Upper Harbour Primary School) and Schopolo Place on the Albany side. Only 500m long, but well worth a look if you’re in the vicinity.

The town planners got this one right, it’s a real gem with an interesting mix of concrete and limestone path punctuated with funky bridges like the one above. There are a couple of viewing spots where you catch a glimpse of the estuary below that feeds off Lucas Creek.

Lady Phoenix Reserve Path

Well used by cyclists and walkers alike on my last visit.

I incorporate this trail with a ride through Wainoni Park then carry on to Hobsonville via the excellent Greenhithe Bridge bike path.

On the other side of Upper Harbour Primary School is a path that joins the two ends of Kyle Road. This is a crucial connector as I don’t think there is another way through. It’s almost hidden, not even signposted on the southern entrance (as you can see below) and I had to ask some local kids directions because I’m usually riding from the Albany side.

Hidden Kyle Road Path

Kyle Road (south) path entrance, just down from the little roundabout.

I pray local planners can still create neat stuff like this under the Supercity régime, well-designed cycling infrastructure literally joins communities together. Check out Lady Phoenix Reserve and tell me what you think.

Lady Phoenix Reserve Sign

Lots of nice planting if you’re into that sort of thing.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Marla Gnarla permalink
    October 25, 2012 12:41 pm

    Wow, that bridge is phenomenal!

  2. celia permalink
    January 14, 2017 4:30 pm

    where is this one above?? I like it. Cheers

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