Back in 2015 when he was 96, Napier man Trevor Page said he was "pretty sure" he would still be taking his remarkable morning walks when he turned 97.

Morning walks of about 45 minutes which involved wandering up the Sugarloaf Hill and down again — then a few blocks back to his car.

He was spot on as he again scaled Sugarloaf on his 97th birthday and the following year was up there again for his 98th.

Earlier this month he turned 99 and yes, he enjoyed a serenade of "Happy Birthday" up on Sugarloaf in the pre-dawn darkness, which raised the obvious question.

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How was a walk up Sugarloaf next June when he turns 100 looking?

"Oh I'll be doing my best," he said with a laugh.

Page has been making the morning walk for more than 40 years and said he had always had a strong philosophy that to stay in good shape and good spirits one had to keep moving and that once you stopped "you're sunk".

So, from Monday to Friday (he takes the weekends off) the alarm sounds at 5.15am and he's on his way by 6.30 and parks up off Church Rd and sets out for the 5km "stroll" up the hill and back again.

He joins up with a group of about six others, who include nearby resident Dave Boston who described Page as "a legend".

Page has been doing the daily walk for about seven years and for Boston and the others he is an inspiration.

"I've seen him go up there in footy boots when it's really wet for extra grip, and he doesn't muck around."

He said he had one "wonky" knee and his specialist's advice was to keep walking — keep it moving.

"If I stopped it'd seize up — it hurts a bit sometimes but on the flat it's ok."

He walks with a stick for support and said caution was always number one.

He's not taken a tumble.

And even the worst rain and storm winds have not deterred him.

"I just put the oilskins on."

There have been times when he has hit the sack at night thinking he might give it a miss the next morning.

"But then the damned alarm goes off so I have to get up."

On the day of the 99th birthday it was a clear but cold morning, and after they reached the top Boston, an acclaimed guitarist, played a few tunes while they lit a candle for him.

"And they gave me a present. It's a headlight you put on your forehead...very good."

It was all about staying active and doing something.

He could not understand people who retired and then did nothing.

He eventually retired from the plating business be started more than 60 years ago when he was 95.

"So I've only had four years retirement and I've got plenty to do yet."

Which also includes the occasional bike ride through the park.

"I have to keep on going.

"It is important to get out and do some walking — keep moving."