A great deal of progress has been made. It is a very pleasant short bush walk among the native trees – two giant kauris and many macrocarpas, and the sound of birds. 
This is a dog friendly walk with an off-leash area. And a mostly flat

Looking at the Opanuku Stream
Looking at the Opanuku Stream

Quick facts about this walk

Walk time: approx. 75 minutes
Distance: about 5.2 kms
Start: Opanuku Reserve off Henderson Valley Road
Track: Mostly level paths
Difficulty: Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. May require boots in wet weather, running shoes suitable in dry weather.
Buggies/Wheelchairs: suitable for prams/buggies
Dog Friendly: Yes – welcome on leash
Highlights: Trees and fauna, stream, parks.
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More work needs to be done on making sign posting clear to encourage more people to get out and discover what a beautiful area it is. The area would also benefit from BBQ areas and children’s playgrounds to encourage more families to enjoy the outdoors.

The walking route is also suitable for prams/buggies and dog walkers (on leash only).

This is another walk that you can get to by rail and make it a day outing as Henderson Railway Station is close by. You may like to pack a picnic or take advantage of the Henderson Cafes.

Map location and how to find Henderson Opanuku Stream Circuit

Photos from my walk along the Henderson Opanuku Stream Circuit

Comments on Henderson Opanuku Stream Circuit

Lyn Mountier

Recently walked this on the Sport Waitakere walkit series  using your GS029 map as a guide. Number 8 in the guide states 8. Turn right > onto the cycleway. This should read “Turn left”… Also numbers 5 and 6 should be reversed as Shona Place comes before Border Rd. Thanks.


Thank you very much for your feedback Lyn – much appreciated. Yes I did get my left and right confused! All fixed now. Also I have made the Border Road bit clearer.

mike ramsay

Hi, the Opanuku Walkway from Border Rd towards Henderson, requires gravel in several areas & drain holes in 1 bridge to release the mud/water build-up. The trail is also being damaged by the odd mountain bike use & may require better signage.
Not sure of the dog laws on the actual walk, as many are off leash ? Most are no problem, but I have been ‘attacked’ twice & been tripped 3 times, by careless owners, so it is frustrating.
I use the Trail every 2nd day. Thanks.


Hi Mike. The best thing to do is to contact Auckland Council as we do not have any jurisdiction over these matters.


Cheers Helen

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