Auck­land Short Walk: Hen­der­son Creek

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Helen Wen­ley

The pre­vi­ous Waitakere City Coun­cil has spent a great deal of ratepay­ers’ money on pro­vid­ing walk­ways and cy­cle-ways through­out the dis­trict. It was heart­en­ing to see peo­ple make the most of them as we walked along­side the Creek. Hope­fully the “In­ter­na­tional Walk

way of Trees” sec­tion will be­come a won­der­ful legacy as many of the trees were gifted and planted for fu­ture gen­er­a­tions by rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the eth­nic com­mu­ni­ties liv­ing in Waitakere City as at Oc­to­ber 2000.

We did en­joy our 4.5km walk - the sun was shin­ing, the birds were sing­ing, we were shel­tered from the cool breeze and this was a part of Auck­land that was new to us. To top it all off, we had a de­li­cious cof­fee at The Falls Restau­rant - sit­ting out­side in the sunny court­yard.

Hen­der­son Creek was once a hive of ac­tiv­ity for traders, vint­ners, farm­ers, or­chardists and fam­i­lies, and the area was also known for its tim­ber milling in­dus­try.

There are off leash dog ex­er­cise ar­eas within the re­serves and parks – look out for signs.

De­scrip­tion: Mostly level paths.Suit­able for most ages and lev­els of fit­ness and mo­bil­ity, de­signed with flat shoes or run­ning shoes in mind. Suit­able for pushchairs.

To see: Hen­der­son Creek, his­tor­i­cal sites.

Time: ap­prox. 60 min­utes (about 4.5kms). Cafés: The Falls Restau­rant Pub­lic toi­lets: Tui Glen Re­serve Chil­dren’s play­grounds: Tui Glen Re­serve (in­cludes a fly­ing fox)

Dogs: Off leash ex­er­cise ar­eas: within re­serves and parks.

Pic­nic Sites: Take your own rugs and pic­nic gear. Di­rec­tions: Start from the cor­ner of Ed­mon­ton Road and Al­der­man Drive.

En­ter Falls Park via the en­trance in front of The Falls Restau­rant.

Cross the yel­low bridge to the right > to Tui Glen Re­serve.

Fol­low the walk­way along­side the creek.

Take the next left < to en­ter the “In­ter­na­tional Walk­way of Trees”.

Veer right > (do not turn left un­der the road bridge), to exit on the foot­path of Cen­tral Park Drive. Turn left < and cross over the bridge. Take the very next road to the left < and af­ter the busi­ness sign, turn left < onto walk­way to Ep­ping Es­planade (not sign posted).

Exit straight ahead into Ep­ping Road and con­tinue along Bus­comb Av­enue. Turn left < into Mill­stream Drive. Turn right > just be­fore #37 Mill­stream Drive onto path­way lead­ing to Falls Park.

Take the next path to the left < and con­tinue around the cir­cum­fer­ence of Falls Park to con­tinue along­side Hen­der­son Creek (keep on your left, do not cross the yel­low bridge) to re­turn to the start.

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