Character of the Ōrākei Local Board area
Much of the Ōrākei board area is influenced by its views of the Hauraki Gulf, well-planted streets and gardens, and residences (many of which remain from when the area was first developed between the first and second world wars).
Business activity is concentrated in Ellerslie, St Johns, Remuera, Mission Bay and St. Heliers.
Ōrākei has particular cultural and spiritual significance as the home of Ngati Whatua Ōrākei and includes the iwi's land, marae, church and urupā.
Takaparawhau-Bastion Point is home to the art deco tomb and the memorial garden for former prime minister Michael Joseph Savage, one of the country's most popular prime ministers.
Geography of the Ōrākei Local Board area
Ōrākei contains several ecologically and geologically significant features, such as the beaches and cliffs of its extensive coastline.
Amenities in the Ōrākei Local Board area
The eastern bays are popular isthmus beaches and the board area also includes the Waiatarua Reserve, the biggest urban wetland restoration project in New Zealand.
Explore the area via the Ōrākei Basin walkway, a 625m walking and cycling track that takes you around the Basin.
Good road parking is available near the Lucerne Road and Upland Road entrances.
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