Oakley Creek Path - The start of the path from the car park at Phyllis Reserve.
Oakley Creek Path - A viewing area on the path.
Oakley Creek Path - A bridge crossing Oakley Creek.
Oakley Creek Path - Waterfall access, an alternative to the steps.
Oakley Creek Path - A view from the path over the top of the waterfall.
Oakley Creek Path - The Oakley Creek Waterfalls.
Oakley Creek Path - Section of path up steps to Heron Park.
Oakley Creek Path - The entrance to Heron Park from the intersection of Great North Road and Blockhouse Bay Road.
Oakley Creek Path - The playground at Heron Park.
Oakley Creek Path - The flying fox at Heron Park.
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Starts at 24 Phyllis Street, Mount Albert
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Take a stroll along Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek), one of Auckland's longest urban streams. Phyllis Reserve is a great place to start the walk, as there's parking available in the park. The walkway starts behind the number 2 sportsfield. You can also start your walk at Heron Park or from Great North Road. The relatively narrow concrete path has some steep sections and stairs. It's great for walking but leave your pram, bikes and scooters at home.The walkway goes through established bush, following Te Auaunga (Oakley Creek). The creek is rich in Māori and European heritage, with an abundance of native and exotic flora and fauna. This includes the threatened New Zealand longfin eel. In 2004, the Friends of Oakley Creek was established to help protect and preserve the creek environment and improve water quality.From the bridges you can try racing sticks down the fast flowing creek. After about ten minutes you'll come to one of Auckland's best kept secrets - a six-metre high natural waterfall. This is the highest urban waterfall in New Zealand and the only waterfall in central Auckland. If you want to get closer, take the steps down to enjoy the view of the waterfall. Check the conditions first, as water can be high following rain events. Please check out the Safeswim website for a public health warning for this waterfall.From the waterfall, the path continues onto Great North Road via another set of steps. You can turn around here and retrace your steps to the starting point, or continue back along Great North Road. There are some great nearby playgrounds for kids to explore after the walk. Waterview Reserve (across Great North Road) is a family favourite, or check out the flying fox at Heron Park playground in the south. Heron Park offers an off-leash dog area - observe on site signage.
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