Parks

West walkways

Here are some of the walkways you can enjoy in the West.

 


Harbourview (1530m)

Wide-open spaces, panoramic views of Auckland and harbour and bracing sea air makes this a great place to escape to. The Harbourview walkway wends its way past two historic homes, over several small creeks, and leads you down and around some specially created water features.  There are boardwalks and a picnic platform out over the water at  Harbourview Reserve.  Special inhabitants of Harbourview include the rare and shy fernbird, kokopu (a native fish found in the streams) and godwits - world travelling birds who visit the shell banks off the peninsula.

Also on the Te Atatu Peninsular, Spinnaker & Kelvin Strand walk takes 10 minutes and follows a coastal wetland and a sandy beach to view West Harbour Marina. Chapman Strand follows a seawall to the Te Atatu Boat Club.  A 20-minute loop walk around Taipari Strand, has views of mangroves and coastal bush. Gloria Park provides access to a short bush walk in Springbank Esplanade.

 

Access
  • Harbourview - Te Atatu Road and right at the Gloria Road roundabout, or Harbourview Drive via Te Atatu Road roundabout, Te Atatu Peninsula.
  • Spinnaker Strand - Beach Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.
  • Kelvin Strand - Kelvin Crescent via Gill Ave and Beach Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.
  • Chapman Strand - Chapman Road via Te Atatu Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.
  • Taipari Strand - Taikata Road, Te Atatu Peninsula.
  • Gloria Park - Gloria Ave, Te Atatu Peninsula.

 


Henderson Creek (800m)

Follow the path and reflect on history. Henderson Creek was once a hive of activity for traders, vintners, farmers, orchardists and families. Historic highlights along the way include the arch, in Swan Arch Park, was built by the recluse, Henry Swan in 1909. Further upstream is the Tui Glen Motor Camp, New Zealand's earliest motor camp, and remains of dams and mills, a legacy of Henderson's timber milling industry.

Check out the international Walkway of Trees sourced from all over the world. To cool off after your walk take a dip at the West Wave Aquatic Centre or enjoy the view of the Henderson Creek from the historic Falls Hotel Cafe. Just behind the hotel is a band rotunda and an artist-designed bridge, referred to as McLeod’s crossing. Henderson Creek is also a good spot to safely test your kayaking skills with ducks as witness.

Access the walkway in Te Atatu from Flanshaw Road, Sherwood Avenue, Sylvan Crescent, Quiet Street, Colletta Lane, or in Henderson at Cranwell Park, Falls Park, Alderman Drive, Edmonton Road, Tui Glen Reserve, Central Park Drive or Chilcott Road.

 See more about the Henderson Creek shared path/cycleway.


Henderson walkway

This offers a sealed track for walkers, runners and cyclists alike that winds through numerous parks and meanders alongside the Opanuku Stream and Henderson Creek.

The walkway runs from Border Rd through the heart of Henderson to the edge of the North Western Motorway.

 See more about the Henderson Creek shared path/cycleway.


Manutewhau (307m)

This walkway is named after the Manutewhau Stream which runs through Moire Park in Massey. You can paddle in the cool shallow water and marvel at the sculptured steam bed or wander through the lush native bush. A special treat is a very long footbridge which crosses Lawsons Creek, linking Allington Rd and Realm Esplanade with West Harbour Drive - a good spot to watch the activity on the estuary below. Enjoy a picnic afterwards in St Margaret's or Moire Park in the many open grassy areas while children play on the playground, fly a kite or kick a ball around on the sports fields.

Access via Moire Park from Allington Road, Granville Drive, Moire Road, Royal Road, West Harbour Drive or Oriel and Holmes Drive.


Mt Atkinson Park

Located on the foothills of Titirangi, Mt Atkinson offers a  scenic bushwalk with Manukau Harbour views..

Access from Kohu Road, Titirangi. Drive through Titirangi Town Centre to the large roundabout. Drive straight on through to Kohu Road.

 


Opanuku (185m)

This walkway, near the Henderson centre, follows its namesake, a babbling stream which weaves through lush native bush. This is a very sheltered area and a rejuvenating place for walkers or joggers, even on cool or windy days. Opanuku highlights include the kowhai in flower (around October) and the calls and company of fantail, tui and kingfishers. A picnic area is provided at the Border Road entry/exit and here information panels reveal more about the wildlife along the way.

Access via Henderson Park, Wilsher Crescent, Palomino Drive, Border Roadd, Chardon Place, Vintage Drive, Claret Place, Fitzwater Place or Khaleel Place.

 


Te Atatu Peninsula walkway

You can walk, run or cycle your way around the track following Henderson Creek as it flows into the Waitemata Harbour.

 


Waipareira walkway (1560m)

A coastal walk meandering in and around many little inlets, passing by wetlands and through native bush as well. You'll hear the squawks of the gulls and catch glimpses of bush birds like fantails and tui. The tide soaked mangrove forest, provides a buffer between land and sea and is a nursery for fish and a safe haven for the many seabirds that nest there.

Take a break on one of the seats along the way and watch the Waitemata Harbour's ever changing moods. At Luckens Reserve picnic and play under the tall pines and check out the sculpture which refers to the area's ceramic and clay history, then have a paddle at the little beach below. At Clearwater Cove extend your walk by visiting the West Park Marina to watch the boats come and go.

A sealed path, suitable for bikes, buggies, and wheelchairs, wends its way from Luckens Reserve to West Harbour Marina. You can picnic or swim at the beach below Luckens Reserve. The track has seats and is suitable for wheelchairs. The mangroves off shore act as nurseries for young fish and provide 'tree houses' for local sea birds.

Access via Luckens Reserve, Marina View Drive, Seacrest Drive, Mansion Court, Clearwater Cove or Renoir Street.

 


Waitoru Reserve

Stroll through the cool sheltered bush of the Waitakere foothills, listen to birdlife or shake hands with a Rimu tree.

Access via a short drive along Bethells Road from Waitakere Township. Keep an eye open after the Duffy Road turn off as Waitoru is moments later on your right.

 


Other walks

Ceramco-Kaurilands

There is a short 2.4km 15-minute walk connecting Ceramco Park, Glen Eden with Kaurilands Domain via the recently planted streamside track. Access via Glen Dale Road via West Coast Road, Glen Eden and Kaurilands Domain, Atkinson Road, Titirangi.

 
Lake Panorama

Xena Park Henderson offers rolling pathways and scenic vistas complete with flowering lilies and vibrant bird life. Access via Lake Panorama Drive via Sturges Road, Henderson.

 
Parrs Park

Follow the gravel track that takes you through the Macrocarpa shelter belt, a meadow with the possibility of a meeting with grazing horses, and over the Waikumete Stream. Double back or continue around Saymour road to complete the loop. Access via West Coast Road, Parrs Cross Road or Benita Place, Glen Eden.

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