This loop walk in Auckland from Botany Town Centre and back via Cascades Road, was one that took us from an unfamiliar area to an area we had walked previously. When we start exploring a new area, we are never sure what we are going to find, and we found today’s walk very pleasant.

We made good use of reserve walkways and the suburban streets.  And we had three delightful surprises.

Our first surprise was finding a book –  a travelling book (from BookCrossing) left by someone to be picked up, read and released!

Quick facts about this walk

Walk time: approx. 1 hour and 15 minutes
Distance: about 7kms
Start: The Hub, Ti Rakau Drive, Botany
Track: Mostly level paths.
Difficulty: Suitable for most ages and levels of fitness and mobility, designed with flat shoes or running shoes in mind.
Buggies/Wheelchairs: Suitable for pushchairs.
Dog Friendly: Dogs - Off leash exercise areas within reserves and parks.
Highlights: Historical sites, bridges, waterways.
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The second surprise was stumbling upon an old farm cottage which has been converted into a cafe that is surrounded by modern suburban housing.

The grounds contain a tree that was planted in 1890. A hidden gem with a rural feel right in the middle of an urban wasteland with heaps of character and charm – Hawthorn Dene Historic Country Cafe.

The third surprise was an amazing and wonderful wood carving which you would not know was there if you were travelling by car.

point of interest Botany to Cascades Loop Walk

The walking route is also great for cyclists, prams/buggies and dog walkers. Dogs – Off leash exercise areas within reserves and parks.

Photos from my walk along the Botany to Cascades Loop Walk

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