Auckland‘s parks and domains can get confusing. Some seem to become combined with other reserves over time, but the old names seem to persist. Eskdale Reserve is a composite of Birkenhead Domain, Hiwihau Scenic Reserve, Eskdale Bush, and Lauderdale Reserve.
There’s parking along Domain Road. There’s an entrance there, and I haven’t really seen another good place to park.
Heading east, it doesn’t take long to arrive at this interesting spot.
At that point you’re on a single path following the creek, with side tracks leading to the various exits. A couple of those require bridges which were closed due to being unsafe. The river spreads out and is full of mangroves. Shortly after I came into view of Beach Haven Road I turned back.
I wanted to see more of the Birkenhead Domain part of Eskdale Reserve so instead of heading back to Domain Road I headed south into the park. I reached Glenfield Road and decided to try to find my way back to Domain Road through the bush. There is an extensive network of tracks to walk, but the creek stopped me from reaching Domain Road, so I ended up returning to Glenfield Road and following the streets back to my car.
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