The quieter Harbourside Drive is not far from our front door via busy roads in all directions. If you follow the pathway circling the harbour, past Kulim Park, you will end up at another much larger park, Fergusson. As this is a shortish walk, approximately 4kms, strolling at a leisurely pace is more enjoyable when the sights are more important than raising your heartbeat. A slow walk lets you absorb the harbour views along the water’s edge of the inner Tauranga Harbour, stop at a playground along the way, or find a seat to watch the array of people pass by.
Being more significant, so are the activities. Mainly it seems that the actions here require a higher level of fitness. For example, half-marathons. This park was the beginning and end of the Tauranga Half Marathon event, which hasn’t been the case for a few years. For regular sports watching during summer, there are the local cricket teams, who always seem to have quite a few avid supporters. I have never stopped and enjoyed the games, as cricket isn’t my thing. To be fair to the local teams, I should stop and watch, and I may surprise myself and enjoy the experience. It’s more the Squires thing watching cricket than mine.
The Curious object and Sunsets
A Snippet of History
In between Kulim and Fergusson Park, there is an empty section where once in 1840, the Catholic mission station stood. It was set up by Bishop Pompallier, resulting in many French Catholics settling in the area. The land adjacent to the mission was the property of James farrow, the first permanent trader in the area. He also held the title of being the first settler to buy land in 1838.