This huge reserve was almost empty today; we saw two cyclists and one stray dog.

This walkway is ideal for family cycling and for taking your dog for an off-leash walk. (Dogs are welcome along the walkway provided they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or other park users. Dogs are not permitted on sport fields or near children’s playgrounds.)

Quick facts about this walk

Walk time: approx. 75 minutes
Distance: about 5.75 kms
Start From: Fair Mall, Bairds Road, East Tamaki
Track: Mainly level paths
Difficulty: Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: Otara Creek and estuary, mangrove mud flats
FREE Map: Download the FREE printable map with directions, of this walk
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The creek has mangrove mud flats and is sadly polluted – the locals seems to take delight in dropping shopping trolleys into the creek. However, if you can overlook the neglect, you may find enjoyment in the bigger view: the sounds of the birds and the trees and the native plants within the Otara Creek Reserve.

When I got home the thought came to me what it was that was missing here. Other walks along waterways in Auckland like Wattle Downs and Conifer Grove have homes facing the waterway, but here alongside Otara Creek, there are only fenced off back yards. Would people feel a sense of ownership, if another row of houses inside the reserve faced the creek?

History: An Otara timeline from 1955 to 2010

The closest cafe is The Alexander Cafe.

Map location and how to find Otara Creek Walkway

Photos from my walk along Otara Creek Walkway

Comments on Otara Creek Walkway


Hi guys
I find this website very interesting as I love walking somewhere different. As I am a relative new comer to NZ and have no idea where some destinations are located. To save time searching the web for details it would be useful to have a map on the page.


Hi Peter,
Thanks for your comment. We figure that most people visiting Auckland would have a hard copy map or are able to google a map using a smart phone/laptop etc, that would help them to locate our walks.
Each of our walk guides comes with a map and detailed directions. We have also designated each walk into an area of Auckland – central, east, west, north, south.
I spent 16 years living in the UK (before Google) and I used my own maps extensively to find my own way walking, cycling (and catching the London Tube!).
We encourage walkers to discover and explore Auckland – it is part of the discovery process, and it is the best way to get to know a place.
Have fun!

Terri Marchant-Secretary/Education Officer

Tamaki Estuary Protection Society likes this site.
Great walks for everyone and encourages people to enjoy thevast Tamaki River area.
We will encourage people to look at this page, and put details in our newsletter.


Hi Terri. We are glad you found us. Thank you for informing your members. Regards, Helen

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