Waikowhai Park Hillsborough

Waikowhai Park is a large piece of bush land and attractive park land off Hillsborough Road. The view from the car park above the playground has views across Manukau Harbour to Mangere Mountain and Ambury Park Farm.

It has a fantastic playground for older children that has an extra long slide and a flying fox. There is also a large off leash dog exercise area. There are public toilets by the playground. It’s a great place for a picnic on a fine day – there are tables by the playground, seats along the undulating bush tracks and plenty of grass in the park land.

September 2015A new Waikowhai Walkway map is now available. It shows tracks in detail plus provides information on the geology and ecology of the area. Available from Mt Roskill Library  and Puketapapa Local Board office.

You can walk along the Harbour foreshore at low tide only. The bush tracks to Wesley Bay tend to be muddy in winter, but there are concrete paths on the opposite side to the playground. If you enjoy bird spotting, then the bush tracks are the place to be.

The Puketapapa Local Board which is responsible for the park and this playground, say that they have been putting new tracks into the bush area, with the aim to build up a network so you can walk from the new foreshore beaches at Onehunga all the way to Blockhouse Bay. We looked for new tracks today but did not see any signs of them.

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2 thoughts on “Waikowhai Park Hillsborough”

  1. The new track runs from Hillsborough Rd. opposite Waikowhai Primary, providing a new access to the beach and a connection to the bottom of Waikowhai Park. Also I’ve noticed improvements to signage and one or two bridges in the area over the last couple of years. Also a track upgrade from the beach at Manukau reserve, up to just opposite Halsey Dr. school is good. This is a fantastic and under used area, I’ve seen a Fur seal at Wattle bay and Royal Spoonbills at Grannies Bay, among other creatures…..

  2. Thanks for the update Martin. We are looking forward to seeing a decent map of the paths and tracks.

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