Auck­land Short Walk: High­brook Park - South Auck­land

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By Helen Wen­ley www.walk­ingnewzealand.co.nz

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.

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