North Shore walkers and cyclists can now experience one of the area’s most unique natural environments as they travel the newly upgraded $2.6 million Patuone Reserve Walkway funded and developed by the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board and Auckland Council.
Travelling north from Esmonde Road, the path takes users along the edge of an estuary, through mangroves then up through native treeline to emerge in central Takapuna at Auburn Reserve. Users can also exit the path at Greydene Place behind the Takapuna Countdown.
Local Board Chair Toni van Tonder feels the walkway is a great asset for the North Shore.
“This beautiful walkway shows off some unique environments that people may not be aware of in Takapuna while improving our sustainable transport options for those who need them,” she says.
Development of the walkway, which was in disrepair, began in 2018 and designs were greenlit by the board in 2021. Local mana whenua were consulted throughout the design process. The $2.6 million project also takes in the walkway’s surrounding environment with invasive plants removed and over 1500 natives planted with help from local community groups since the walkway opened to help establish local bird life.
Design of the walkway has also been future-proofed to accommodate plans to improve nearby stormwater infrastructure, including adding pollutant traps to reduce contamination of the estuary.
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