Neighbourhood

Orakei Basin is a volcanic crater, formed 85,000 years ago, with seawater entering from Hobson Bay.

The walkway

A walkway encircles the basin, providing excellent opportunities for exercise both strenuous and gentle. It is ideal for dog walkers.

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Every day people of all ages can be seen enjoying the walkway. For the most part the terrain is gentle, with permanent all-weather paths being introduced. The walkway threads its way through regenerated bush, across grassy reserves and over streams.

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The walkway takes around 30 minutes to walk. There are five points of access, one of them immediately adjacent to Teal.

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The walkway incorporates boardwalks that take you over tributary streams that feed into the basin.

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One feature of the walkway is the variety of birdlife, with herons, shags, cormorants and kingfishers, as well as land-based birds such as kereru, tui, shining cuckoos and grey warblers.

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