About the path
This walk or cycle around Heron Park has something for everyone, and is a great loop for people of all ages and abilities.
The wide paved path runs in a loop around the park, offering fantastic open views to the Waitākere Ranges.
Kids will make a beeline for the flying fox and be challenged by the climbing web at the playground. When they've finished playing, the park offers plenty of space to kick a ball around or fly a kite.
For children learning to ride bikes and scooters, there are a couple of shorter loops that are ideal for practising - although the hill back up to the playground will require some effort!
There's a large off-leash dog exercise area in the western area of the park.
Nature lovers will enjoy looking for wildlife among the trees or in the stream. Keen bird watchers can look out for the white-faced heron (matuku moana) the park was named for, as well as shining cuckoo and banded dotterel.
Public toilets are available next to the children's playground.
From Heron Park you can link up to other paths in the area including the Oakley Creek Path - one of Auckland's best kept secrets.