Minden Scenic Reserve
Ainsworth Road, Te Puna
The entrance to the Minden Scenic Reserve is located off Ainsworth Road. There is a small car parking area near the start of the track.
About the walk
Loop walk - 15 minutes return
This is a very popular short and sweet walk. A pond featuring waterfowl is below the entrance to the reserve. The walk follows a broad grassy avenue for 300 metres before entering a bush track that travels alongside a stream through regenerating forest dominated by rewarewa and manuka trees.
After about 10 minutes, the track crosses a small bridge and doubles back downstream to a pleasant open picnic area. A little further on, the track swings hard right down to a bridge and then climbs to rejoin the route at the grass avenue.
There is an unmarked track continuing uphill from the turning point of the loop walk and ending on Minden Road near the intersection with Dawn View Place. The unmarked track up the hill gets used by walkers and by mountain bikers.