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Venue Types: Public space, Lake & Waterway, Nature reserve

Amenities: Playground, Toilets

Suitable for Ages: Families

Western Springs Park is a sanctuary for both people and wildlife. It surrounds a natural spring-fed lake, one of Auckland's early water supplies.

The lake is a refuge for the native orea (eel), who can be seen trailing the swans and ducks. Along with the birds, the orea are tame and can be coaxed to take food. The eels are an original part of the cultural and ecological heritage of Western Springs Lake - a fact that is reflected in the lake's Maori name 'Te Wai Orea', which means 'waters of the eel'.

Around the shores and wetlands, wild fowl including native Pūkeko, Teal, Australian Coot and Shovelers can be freely viewed amongst regenerating native plants, wide-open lawns, gardens, water gardens and water lilies.

The park offers a tranquil resting place for visitors to a cluster of major nearby attractions including the Auckland Zoo, Museum of Transport and Technology, the Chamberlain Park Golf Course and the Western Springs stadium.

You can explore the park by means of a well-developed network of footpaths that includes boardwalks through the wetlands and a walking track. There are also picnic tables and a children's playground.

Facilities include: Barbecue, tables, playground, viewing platform, artworks/monument, boardwalk, drinking fountains, toilets.