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Oakley Creek

Published: 8 December 2017

Oakley Creek (also known as Te Auaunga) is one of Auckland’s longest urban streams, flowing from Hillsborough through Mt Roskill, Owairaka and Waterview to the Waitematā Harbour.

The creek’s rich Māori and European heritage, and abundance of native and exotic flora and fauna makes it an important natural asset.

Oakley Creek Walkway offers an easy stroll to one of Auckland’s best-kept secrets - a 6m-high natural waterfall.

In 2004, the Friends of Oakley Creek was established to help protect and preserve the creek environment and improve water quality.

More info:

  • There are access points to Oakley Creek Walkway at the corner of Great North and Blockhouse Bay roads (opposite Heron Park), Great North Road (opposite Alverston Street), and Phyllis Reserve (at the end of Springleigh Ave)
  • Oakley Creek Waterfall is a 20-minute walk north from the Phyllis Reserve access
  • Oakley Creek is home to the threatened New Zealand longfin eel - fishing of any kind is not permitted.

Safety notice

There is a permanent public health warning in place for swimming at Oakley Creek.

See Safeswim for more details and to find alternative swimming spots.


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