From the car park follow the red waymarkers along the foreshore, past the historic Brook jetty and up onto the headland where the Brook Homestead sits amid a glade of trees. The homestead has recently been repainted in its original colour scheme. From the homestead either return by the same route or follow the road behind the wetlands back to the car park. This route includes the Mäori carving (pouwhenua) which is well worth a visit. Enjoy the great view over the wetland and the bay from here.
What to expect
Walking tracks will:
- Have easy to moderate grades with drained surfaces, generally consisting of a compacted and drained surfaces.
- Be well sign-posted with directional signs at track entrances and junctions and have safety signs where required.
Walking tracks may:
- Have steps on excessively steep areas.
- Have timber boardwalks and bridges over permanent wet areas and waterways.
- Have seats and maintained views at areas of interest.
Walking tracks should be suitable for people with reasonable fitness levels.
How to get to Awhitu:
Take State Highway 1 south, turn off at Drury and follow the signs to Waiuku. From Waiuku drive up the Awhitu Peninsula through Matakawau. About 2km past Matakawau turn right down Brook Rd into the park.
Distance from Auckland CBD: 90 km