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Pukekawa Gardens and Museum Path

Walking time 30 mins

Walking steps 2340 steps

Distance 1.8 km

Starts at Garden Road, Parnell, Auckland

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About the path

A scenic loop through Pukekawa / Auckland Domain, featuring stunning views of Auckland, native and rare plants, and New Zealand heritage. Pukekawa / Auckland Domain is our oldest park and one of the largest in Auckland.

The path surface is paved, with a few small curbs and steps to navigate.

Begin at the Duck Ponds carpark, with a visit to the historic Wintergardens. Discover native and exotic plants in the impressive fernery, tropical house and courtyard. In the early 1900s, the Wintergardens provided a focus for promenades in the winter months and were part of the gentrification of the domain, which had earlier been seen as a haunt of 'undesirables'.

Stroll around the Duck Ponds, which were the source of Auckland's first piped water supply in 1866.

Follow the road up Domain Drive, and then take the detour down Garden Road to view the formal gardens.

Re-join the path alongside Domain Drive. You'll pass the statue of Robert Burns and the 'Transformer' sculpture.

Stroll to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, one of New Zealand's first museums. The museum tells the story of New Zealand, its place in the Pacific and its people. Entry is free for Aucklanders, so pop in for a visit and be inspired - the museum has something for everyone including children.

To gain free entry to the Auckland War Memorial Museum, bring along proof of residence (a recent power or phone bill, rates notification, library card, etc).

Take a moment to admire the breathtaking views over Auckland and the Waitematā Harbour. Follow the path back down the slope towards The Crescent.

Finish with a well-deserved ice cream or cup of tea at the Wintergardens Kiosk!


  • Public artwork
  • Public toilet

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