Orakei Basin walkway

The  Orakei Basin walkway upgrade that began in 2010 is complete. The concrete has been poured onto a new pathway on the Macpherson Track.  And it is fantastic! The bridge over the Orakei Creek is beautiful. Now Orakei and Meadowbank are connected by a boardwalk along the railway line that both pedestrians and cyclists can use.

Orakei basin walkway

There is a pathway from Orakei Railway station and under Orakei Road that leads directly onto the boardwalk that crosses Orakei Basin beside the railway line. It is now easier to catch the train to Orakei and walk around the basin, then return and stop at the Kings Plant Barn for refreshments at the cafe.
(* Teen friendly walk)

The morning was still, clear and sunny causing the reflections on the water to be almost perfect. This tidal lagoon is in a volcanic crater. It was high tide, which we were not expecting. This walk takes you through small patches of bush and up high onto the ridge for a view of the city skyline.

Description: A mix of level and steep paths, steep steps. Suitable for most ages and levels of fitness and mobility, designed with flat shoes or running shoes in mind. Not suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
This is a dog friendly walk with an off-leash area.(See other Dog Friendly Walks)
To see: Wonderful views of Mt Eden and Auckland City skyline. Small areas of bush. Railway track. Birdlife. Volcano crater.
Time: approx. 45 minutes (about 4 kms).
Parking: Near Kings Plant Barn, off Orakei Road near train station.
Buses: to Orakei Train Station
(Please note: no public toilets)

12 Volcano WalksSuggested Cafés:Kings Garden Cafe does very good coffee (and lunches) as does Cafe Greenfingers at the Palmers Garden Centre

Stay on track…get your detailed guide and map over at our Walks Store  (GS-017 Orakei Basin walkway) and our Book Store ( one of 12 walks featured in our book “Volcanoes”) or…you can download this free Orakei Basin walkway map from Auckland Council.

Share and Enjoy:
  • Print
  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • del.icio.us
  • Facebook
  • Yahoo! Buzz
  • Twitter
  • Google Bookmarks
  • Add to favorites
  • email
  • RSS

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. I have been making emquries along the way with the council when this walkway will be complete. I have only seen the boardwalk from the train. Can you please advise where it is located and streets or paths to follow / where it goes? Much appreciated.

  2. Hi Briar,
    Yes it is complete. You can cross Orakei Road opposite the Orakei Trains Station or start from Meadowbank train station.
    Head across the boardwalk along the train track, follow the new path to the right alongside the Basin, across the creek bridge then up the steps, cross Lucerne Road to the steps on the opposite side, then follow the path to the left at the bottom of the steps. Keep to the track after rain as it gets very muddy underfoot.
    I do have this walk mapped, documented and available for free with the free e-Guide.
    Cheers,
    Helen
    Short walks in Auckland

  3. Pingback: Sunday 20th October – part 1 | Rabbits Nest

  4. Pingback: Places to Visit in Auckland: Part 2 – East | Kay & Gelo : We're Tying the Knot!

  5. Pingback: Places to Visit in Auckland: Part 2 – East – Join the Travelling Pair