The Travis Wetlands Walk is a very easy 3.5k round trip walk. It will take you around 1.5 hours to walk. Travis Wetland is a 116 hectare Nature Heritage Park. There are over fifty species of birds. Pukeko, five native ducks, Scaup, Grey Teal, Shoveler Paradise, Shelduck, the Grey duck and the rear White heron.
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
From the car park, walk over to the information kiosk. From inside the kiosk you can watch the ducks etc feeding in the lagoon.
We walked the track in a clock wise direction along the gravel track and out on to Mairhau Rd foot path. From there it is another 4 minute walk to Ann Flanagan Dell.
20 minutes. From the dell you cut back onto the main board walk and on to an excellent place to take a rest. There are a few ponds along this section of walk so keep an eye out for the grey teal and the rear Heron. To the viewing tower is only another 4 minutes from the rustic wooden seats. If you do this walk on the weekend, you might have to wait in a very long line of people waiting to climb the tower.
6 minutes walk from the tower, you walk back in to the residential area and on to a sealed path, take the path to the left. This section of the walk is about all you need to really walk, the small channels running along the walk are great for sneaking along to spot the ducks and Pukeko. The Hereford cattle were watching us with interest. The next turn off is to the right and though the predator fence. From the predator gate back to the car is only a short 20 minute walk. The rangers don’t encourage the feeding of the wild birds. It attracts a number of common exotic birds not good for our native birds. Look for the sign and the turn off to the bird hide, well worth the 50m walk. From the hide to the car is a 4 minute walk.
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