Timings : 10:00 AM - 5:30 PM (Winter)
10:00 AM - 6:30 PM (Summer)
Time Required : 6 hours
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Western Springs is a wildlife reserve surrounded by a lake, in Auckland. The park adjoins the Auckland Zoo, Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), Chamberlain Golf Course and Western Springs Stadium, other major attractions in the area. The Western Springs Park Walk is a popular walking trail of 1.8 km that most people cover within half an hour or so. Owing to its periphery, the Western Springs Park hosts the annual Pasifika Festival that draws a large number of tourists globally.
The Western Springs Park is rich with marine life and it supports eels (Orea) and a variety of fish like inanga, banded Kokopu, amongst others. Eels (shortfin and longfin) are an important part of the cultural and ecological makeup of Western Springs. The Maori name for Western Springs, “Te Wai Orea”, loosely translates to “waters of the eel.”
On the shores and the wetlands, one can find native varieties of Pukeko, Teal, Australian Coot and Shovelers in areas that encourage regenerating different types of flora. You will also find eucalyptus, willows and cabbage trees growing in the park.