The Howarth Memorial Wetland is a wildlife reserve created in a disused former rubbish dump by the Waihou River in Te Aroha. The walkway runs around the perimeter of the wetlands, and is also used by cyclists.
There are several access points to the walkway. The former railway bridge off Terminus St has been converted to a walking/cycling bridge, leading across the Waihou River directly to the walkway. It’s also accessible from the netball courts on Spur St where there are also parking facilities. There is also an entry off Ritchie St, a residential street.
Te Waihou walkway follows the Waihou River between SH28/Whites Rd and Leslie Rd, near Putaruru. There are parking areas at both ends. The walkway is about 5km long, and is an easy walk with only a few steps along the way. Part of the walkway crosses farmland where there may be cattle or sheep grazing.
About halfway along the walkway splits in two, with bridges crossing the river at each end of an alternative track of about 500m. There are toilets about halfway along the walkway and near the Whites Rd end.
The river contains trout, and it’s not unusual to see people fishing for these. With very clear water it’s also possible to see the fish clearly. Continue reading