This is a great spot to take visitors to show them native New Zealand bush without driving to the Waitakere Ranges.

Quick facts about this walk

Walk time: 30 mins
Location: Google location pin of St John Bush Reserve
To See: Nature walk - Flora and fauna, native trees, ferns, stream
Track Quality: May require boots in wet weather, running shoes suitable in dry weather. Caution: Muddy and slippery when wet.
Difficulty: A mix of level paths and steep paths/steps. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility.
Dog Friendly: Yes – welcome on leash only
Facilities: None
FREE Map: Download your FREE map of this walk

The only sounds we could hear were the calling of the birds, the rain dripping off the trees and the running of the stream. All this in an urban area!

We arrived via a back entrance so we got a little lost at first, however, once we found the main entrance and a map, it all became clear.

There is no nearby cafe, so we drove up to nearby Meadowbank shops and found a choice of 3 cafes.

Saint Johns Bush Flora and Fauna Sign

For longer walks that take in the St Johns area see Apirana St Johns Loop and Saint Johns Explorer

The St Johns Bush reserve is a green corridor for birds flying across Auckland. There is a wetland area with native fish. This area is home to over 165 different species of plants. The kauri tree is over 150 years old.

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