Auckland Short Walk: Highbrook Park - South Auckland
The Highbrook area in South Auckland was developed as a racehorse stud farm before it was converted to a business park.
This walk starts from within the streets, then leaves the buildings behind as we follow the Otara Creek and Tamaki River. The dog off leash area is by the Pukekiwiriki crater. The crater floor is now salt marsh and mangrove forest.
Pukekiwiriki (“the hill with the associated small lagoon”) is a volcanic landform (a breached explosion crater and tuff ring), located at the end of the Waiouru Peninsula, on the north side of Otara Creek, at its exit to the Tamaki River (directly opposite the power station). As a result of submissions made by the Volcanic Cones Society, the proposed Highbrook Drive was moved slightly and most of the volcanic landform is within an attractive park at the end of the peninsula.
Description: A mix of level and slightly hilly paths. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. Suitable for mountain bikes.
To see: Pukekiwiriki Crater, wetlands, views of Tamaki Estuary, Otara Creek, Pakuranga Creek, Mount Wellington and other volcanoes, Highbrook Model Airpark. Time: approximately. 90 minutes. (about 6.0 kms) Cafés: Sierra Café @ 52 Highbrook Drive
Public toilets: Sierra café Children’s playgrounds: None Dogs: Off leash at Pukekiwiriki crater Picnic Sites: Seating only in Highbrook Park Nearby Walks: Pakuranga Walkway, Mount Wellington Explorer Directions: Start at Landscaped Seating area, Corner Business Parade North and Highbrook Drive. 1. Turn up Business Parade South. 2. Cross over Underwood Street. 3. Turn left < into El Kobar Drive. 4. Cross over Pukekiwiriki Avenue to enter footpath straight ahead. 5. Follow pathway around the pond. 6. Turn left < after the pond and continue straight ahead. 7. Continue through wooden gate, and head to the pylons straight ahead. 8. At the pylons, turn right > onto the metal roadway. 9. Turn left < onto the footpath that takes you past the crater. 10. Cross over Highbrook Drive and enter the path on the right > into the reserve.
11. Follow the path as it parallels Highbrook Drive and the shore line.
12. As you approach Business Parade North, cut diagonally from the path up the slope towards a seating area surrounded by flax bush.
13. Cross over Highbrook Drive to return to the start.
Above: Time to sit down and take in the views of the wetlands.
Above: Looking across to the Tamaki Estuary.