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COVID-19 Alert Level 3 – AKL Paths information

Our parks are open for people to enjoy for exercise and general mental wellbeing.

You can walk or run in your local park, but do not use playgrounds, toilets, drinking fountains, equipment, BBQs, park benches or picnic tables. Most toilets are closed.

Maintain social distancing of 2 metres from other users. Do not visit a park if you are unwell.

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Smiths Bush Path

Walking time 25 mins

Walking steps 1430 steps

Distance 1.1 km

Starts at 10 Akoranga Drive, Northcote

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About the path

Smiths Bush is ideal for a quick nature escape in the city.

The tranquil nature loop follows an elevated boardwalk. The path is flat and relatively short, making this a great option for walking and jogging, as well as bringing prams and younger children. You can bring your dog along (on a leash) to enjoy the bush walk.

Smiths Bush is located behind Onewa Domain, just off Northcote Road. The bushwalk entrance is just to the left of the Takapuna District Cricket Club clubrooms. It's easily accessible by bus, and there's plenty of car parking.

Enter the bush through the gate. The loop path follows an elevated boardwalk for easy walking - please keep to the path to protect the regenerating native plants. The side tracks and alternative entrances are unpaved and mostly gravel.

To follow the loop path, turn left at the first junction. Then at the second junction, turn right to return to the car park. There's plenty of seating at regular intervals to rest and enjoy the bird song.

This path is a good all-weather outdoor option - the forest canopy provides shade from sun and rain.


  • Public toilet
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