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COVID-19 Alert Level 1 – Akl Paths information

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Tuff Crater Path

Walking time 60 mins

Walking steps 2990 steps

Distance 2.3 km

Starts at 160 Exmouth Road, Northcote

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About the path

Walking path around the rim of Tuff Crater, a volcanic crater that last erupted about 200,000 years ago.

The path is mostly flat with a few 'ups and downs'. It's a mix of boardwalk, grassy and gravel surfaces. The path can be quite muddy in areas (even on a dry day) - so dress accordingly.

Start your walk at Heath Reserve. On-street parking is available on Exmouth Road, and Heath Reserve also has a small playground for little ones.

If you're feeling adventurous, you might want to start your journey by making the quick side-trip over the motorway overbridge. You'll be rewarded with great views of Tuff Crater, the Waitemata Harbour and Auckland city skyline.

Along the walk you'll pass the mangrove filled salt marsh crater and take in views of Waitemata Harbour and Auckland city. You will find seating, a viewing platform and information about the Tuff Crater restoration project at various points along the route.

At the path end you can either retrace your steps to the starting point, or climb the bank past the new office buildings and onto Akoranga Drive to exit.


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