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Lake Te Ko Utu in the centre of Cambridge has 5 different tracks leading down to it from street level. (number 5 on the inset map)

Lake Te Ko Utu Tracks

These walks are completely different from those described earlier in our list. Here we're into groomed grass and picnic areas. Parking, a barbeque and toilets are available at its eastern end off Albert St.

Control of drainage and water levels is problematic, and there appears to be a struggle for living space between eels and ducks in the park.

A Cedar of Lebanon was planted in the garden in 2008 as part of a world-wide acknowledgement of the trauma inflicted on Lebanon by recent wars.

Above the south-west side of the park is a Camellia Walk developed by the Tree Trust.

View Camelia Walk in a larger map


In memory of Brian Mayo, a seat has been placed at the top of the bank overlooking the lake.

Blackie spent many hours working on the bank below the seat; so many that we commonly refer to it as Blackie's Bank. The seat is behind the Girl Guide's hut, through a fence beside the tennis courts.

Replanting the bank after the old gum trees were removed is a big job.

Here are some helpers on Arbor Day 2014.

We've had a lot of help from the public, in particular, the Chamber of Commerce's First Fifteen group. Here's a video of the early replanting work, this time from 2015.

St. Peter's at the Lake

This year's International Baccalaureate students from St. Peter's School worked hard on the steep slope of this bank. Replanting following the removal of gum trees is a big job and will take some years to complete. We are very grateful fro the help we get from young, energetic students like these.



We've had a lot of rain lately, (26th June, 2016) so I thought I'd check out Lake Te Ko Utu and its unofficial watercourse. The new plants are holding well, but they're not yet big enough to do the job of water retention that the old gum trees were doing.


  • Last winter's planting. Oct.2014 Some of last winter's planting to replace unstable gum trees that were cleared from the lakeside banks.
  • Logs & debris. Oct. 2014 Some of the larger pieces of debris resulting from the felling of unstable gum trees.
  • Logs awaiting milling. Oct. 2014 The Council will get some return for its work here. These are big trees.
  • Lotuses for eating. Oct. 2014 These are just coming into bloom. Good enough to eat?
  • Felling gum trees October 2014 These are some of the gum trees that had to be removed before any more of them fell over.
  • Last winter's azaleas. Oct. 2014 If this is what they look like now, imagine them in a few years time.
  • Last winter's planting 1 Some more of the plants we put in in the winter of 2014.
  • Last winter's planting 2. Oct. 2014 These plants have been in place a matter of 4 or 5 months only, and they're well under way.
  • From Blackie's seat
  • Memorial seat for Blackie
  • Water lilies in the lake
  • Girl Guide bank planting
  • Lake Te Ko Utu to Oliver St
  • Lake Te Ko Utu Tracks
  • Cedar of Lebanon
  • Camellia Walk
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