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Hooton Reserve Path

Walking time 25 mins

Walking steps 2800 steps

Cycling time 15 mins

Distance 2 km

Starts at 14 Mills Lane, Albany

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About the path

A scenic walk that takes in two very different sides of Lucas Creek, from the shared path on the southern bank, to a more rugged track through the bush-clad escarpment on the northern bank. Wear good shoes when taking on this loop, or stay on the southern bank of the stream.

Hooton Reserve is a hive of activity, with something for the whole whānau to enjoy after your walk or ride. Check out the skate park, basketball court, world-class BMX facility and outdoor exercise stations to complete an open-air workout.

The path is set back from busy Ōteha Valley Road, offering a pleasant walk or ride. The flat, wide path is a mix of gravel and paved surfaces, so it's suitable to use all year.

Start at Mills Lane, in the middle of Hooton Reserve, at the carpark by the playground.

From the Mills Road carpark by the playground, head left on the shared path all the way to Gills Road, where you cross the bridge and turn right on the gravel pathway down to the stream. The track can be a little muddy at times, but it’s a great place to take in some nature – watch the stream, hear and see the birdlife and get the benefit of a bit of healthy forest.

Return back to the start at the Mills Lane bridge.

You can extend your walk into Gills Reserve, or Albany Village.


  • Basketball court
  • Drinking fountain
  • Playground
  • Public toilet
  • Skate park

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