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Ōtara Path

Walking time 80 mins

Walking steps 10400 steps

Cycling time 60 mins

Distance 8 km

Starts at 95 Ōtara Road, Ōtara

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About the path

Looking for somewhere local for a walk, jog or bike? This path follows the route of Ōtara Creek, where you enjoy a quiet escape alongside tidal mudflats.

The path is perfect if you want to team up with friends or whanau for a fun walk or mountain bike ride.

While there are no stairs you'll want a pretty robust buggy or pram to complete the route. Most of the route runs through secluded Ōtara Creek Reserve and quiet green parkland that's sheltered from the surrounding road.

Start at Otamariki Park, close to vibrant Ōtara town centre. Enjoy shooting some hoops at the outdoor basketball court and a large playground.

From Otamariki Park, turn right and head down the shared path on East Tamaki Road. Cross at the signals and join the path that meanders along Ōtara Creek. The winding gravel track is mostly flat.

In recent years, community groups, schools, local businesses and council have been working together to plant native trees, remove rubbish and weeds. Community planting efforts have added thousands more native plants to the reserve, as part of ongoing environmental restoration to the area.

The path runs through the northern section of Ngati Ōtara Park, a popular venue for local sports games. You'll find a few park benches along the way to watch the action and admire the view of the estuary. There's also a second children's playground, outdoor workout equipment and public toilets.

Follow the path along the coastal edge until the end point at Gaye Crescent. From here, retrace your steps back along the path, or head down Ōtara Road for a more direct way to connect back to Ōtara town centre.


  • Basketball court
  • Drinking fountain
  • Playground
  • Public toilet
  • Sports field

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