About the path
Explore a lesser-known part of charming Parnell and peaceful Ayr Reserve.
On this loop path, you'll be walking on footpaths and bush tracks. There are some steep sections and stairs to climb - great for older kids, but this may be hard work for little legs.
Start on the intersection of Parnell Road and Cathedral Place (served by both the Inner and Outer Link buses).
Across from Cathedral Place, check out the impressive St Mary's Church and Holy Trinity Cathedral. If you walk a little further down Parnell Road to the corner with St Stephens Avenue, you'll see the public artwork 'Mountain Fountain', created in 1981 by Terry Stringer.
Head down Ayr Street, home to several historic buildings.
At 2 Ayr Street is Kinder House (built in 1857), the last and only Gothic Revival designed colonial property of the 1850s. The house was designed by Frederick Thatcher, the architect for many Anglican buildings in Auckland.
At 14 Ayr Street (on the upper road) is Ewelme Cottage (built in 1863-64). The kauri constructed cottage has a link with the Anglican community in Auckland, and was designed and built by the Reverend Vicesimus Lush and his wife Blanche. It's open to view on Sundays.
Continue down Ayr Street, and follow the steps which lead down to Ayr Reserve.
Follow the path through Ayr Reserve through the bush. At the end of the Ayr Reserve track, head back up Cathedral Place to Parnell Road.
If you're walking with your dog, take a quick detour to the dog exercise area in Ayr Reserve (at the end of Laurie Avenue). This area of the park has great views to Ōhinerau/Mount Hobson.