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Ōrākei Basin Path

Walking time 45 mins

Walking steps 3770 steps

Distance 2.9 km

Starts at 1 Purewa Road, Meadowbank, Auckland

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About the path

A great walkway around Ōrākei Basin, a picturesque lagoon located in a volcanic crater.

This walk takes you around the edge of the basin using the boardwalk and bridge across the Purewa arm of the basin.

Most of the walk is flat, however there are some steps and steep areas to be aware of, especially behind the water ski club and as you approach Meadowbank Road. These may be a challenge for less confident walkers. It is possible to navigate a pram through these sections but the path is not accessible for wheelchair users.

The suggested starting point is from Purewa Road in Meadowbank. You can access the walk from Ōrākei and Meadowbank train stations, and there are also entry points on Meadowbank Road, Lucerne Road, Upland Road and Ōrākei Road.

Admire views over the Auckland city skyline as you walk. If you time it right, this is a nice spot to catch sunsets over the Auckland cityscape.

You'll pass the sculpture 'Strata' (Peter Nicholls, 1988), gifted by the family of John Gellert.

Ōrākei Basin is known for watersports - there's good access for kayaking and stand up paddle boarding from the boat ramp on the western side of the basin. The water in the basin is frequently changed through the sluice gates to manage water quality.

At Ōrākei Bay (across Ōrākei Road) you'll find some great local cafes and restaurants. Look out for the Māori carving near the village entry.

Ōrākei Basin is great for walking dogs in the large off-leash area - remember to observe the on-leash restrictions in other areas.


  • Dog off-leash area near this path
  • Public artwork

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