Petone to Ava
Once the site of a stockaded Ngati Awa village, Hikoikoi Reserve is reached from Petone's Marine Parade. Follow the trail past the mud flats and boat sheds to the Estuary Bridge and use the footpath on the downstream side of the bridge to cross the river. The large pipe on the bridge carries water from Wainuiomata to supply Wellington City.
Cross the road via the pedestrian walkway under the eastern side of the bridge and follow the path up the eastern stopbank. Pass under the Ava Rail Bridge and climb up to the footpath beside the rail line. Recross the river and loop under the bridge to Sladden Park where you will find a playground, fitness circuit and toilets. Formerly Gear Island, Shandon Golf Course now occupies most of the western bank. Please keep to the stopbank and show consideration to golfers.