Orakei Basin, Auckland Region

Pier / Boardwalk · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Orakei Basin is one of the volcanoes in the Auckland volcanic field. It has an explosion crater around 700 m wide, with a surrounding tuff ring. After eruption about 120,000 years ago, it became a freshwater lake that had an overflow stream in the vicinity of present Orakei Rd bridge. As sea level rose after the end of the Last Ice Age, the lake, which by then had shallowed to a swamp, was breached by the sea and has been a tidal lagoon ever since. A tidal lagoon, it is popular for watersports. A railway line (the North Island Main Trunk, branded as the Eastern Line for suburban services) runs through the north side of the basin.
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  • I grew up on a property that runs down to within a chain of the Basin's edge... and intend moving back to the family home early next year. For others, not so fortunate, it's a great place for walking....  more »
  • This is a fantastic 4k walk, with mixed terrain, around the basin. I used to run the foreshore before the full loop was developed, and it's fabulous - particularly at high tide. We entered at Upland.....  more »
  • Wonderful local park and basin. Has a 3k walking track. Dog friendly.
  • Pretty place , good for walking the dogs. But watch out for black sludge , if they havent let the water out !
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