At last! Beautiful blue skies and sunshine. A perfect Fathers Day. And of course, a perfect day for a walk. 

Quick facts about this walk

Walk time: 60-70 mins
Distance: 4.8 km
To see: Native bush, wetland and stream.
Parking: Parrs Park off West Coast Road. MAP
Buggies/Wheelchairs: Wheelchair friendly
Dog Friendly: Off leash exercise areas within reserves and parks.
Summary: Mostly level paths. Suitable for most ages and levels of fitness and mobility, designed with flat shoes or running shoes in mind.
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Parrs Park playground is nearby.

Oratia used to be a large orchard growing district and it is good to see some reminders of the heritage.

There are a few surprises along the route – wetlands, ceramic sculptures, ceramic tiles and a carved Maori pou in honour of Hoani Retimana Waititi. Today we were also blessed with a great deal of bird song.

The walking route is also great for cyclists, prams/buggies and dog walkers (on leash and off  leash dog exercise areas).

It is disappointing that the Oratia walk and cycleway starts/finishes on the busy Parrs Cross Road. We hope that at some time in the future, this will be remedied. Also disappointing, the stream banks are thickly planted out, restricting the view of the stream itself. There is a good choice of picnic tables within Parrs Park.

Bodega Eatery –  Situated in a lovely setting is the perfect spot for lunch, and to enjoy the artwork of some talented West Auckland artists.  99 Parrs Cross Rd Henderson (opposite and to the right from the Cycle and Walkway) Open Wed – Sunday, check their website for times.

Oratia Farmers Market is open from 8am to 11am every Saturday morning at 99 Parrs Cross Road. Find coffee, breakfast, fresh produce and live music on most Saturdays.

My photos of the Oratia Stream Loop walk

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