About the path
An enjoyable walk through Kohuora Park, a crater surrounded by restored wetlands and rare native plants.
The path is flat and suitable for all ages and abilities, including families with pushchairs. This path takes you through and around the crater. Picnic tables are dotted along the route and there's public toilets in the centre of the park.
Combine your walk with a visit to the toddler-friendly playground or off-leash dog exercise area (check on-site signage for details).
Kohuora ('mist of life' - also called kohuaora 'cauldron of life') is a V-shaped depression about 30 metres deep. According to tradition, it was created by Matāoho the giant Waiōhua God, whose footsteps gave rise to the volcanoes of Tāmaki Mākaurau.
The Kohuora wetland provides an important habitat for indigenous bird and plant species. Try to spot native birds including pūkeko, pied stilt (poaka), pied shag (kāruhiruhi), kingfisher (kotare) and white faced heron (mataku-moana).
The path starting point is five minutes walk from Papatoetoe train station. Parking is available within Kohuora Park, or on Peverill Crescent.