Auckland Council website.
This website has changed
This is the former Auckland City Council website, which has some of the information and services you need if you live or do business in the area. Go to the main Auckland Council website to access the complete range of council services.
Skip navigation
Places to go

Parks search

New search

Waiatarua Reserve

Park address

98 Abbotts Way, Meadowbank

About the park

-36.884667;174.824946New Zealand's biggest urban wetland restoration project, principal function being a huge stormwater treatment system that removes pollutants from the waterways and includes a network of drains, weirs, bunds and sediment traps. This fascinating reserve offers something for everyone, joggers, walkers, families, and dogs. Wander over wide open spaces, enjoy the beauty of the wetland environ or explore pockets of bush. With wide pathways established for walking and jogging and a landscape that includes extensive native planting.

A unique wetland area covering approximately 20 hectares, of complex geological, historical and ecological value that also provides a wonderful sanctuary for a variety of bird life. The wetlands were once part of a freshwater lake, which was denied its source by the lava flows from the Maungarei (Mt Wellington) eruptions some 9000 years ago. Subsequent ponding and the deposition of silt and volcanic ash helped create the wetlands.


Playground, table, viewing platform, toilets


Basketball half court, Skate park