Ambury Regional Park is one of the more farm-focused parks in Auckland, and definitely the most kid-focused – part of it is a petting zoo! It also offers plenty of space for family gatherings and BBQs. The 45 minute Foreshore Walk is pleasant enough, and offers some nice perspectives on the Manukau Harbor and surrounding areas. Opportunities for hiking in the park are limited, but the 7km Watercare Coastal Walkway connects Ambury Park with Puketutu Island and Otuataua Stonefields, and connects with the Mangere Lagoon Loop, and offers various diversions through other green spaces in the area.
I’ve been busy lately, and my posts have been far too infrequent. But I have continued to explore, and more is coming. I’ve been working on providing additional options for navigating the site, starting the Auckland and its Regional Parks. I’ve enjoyed a post I’ve been working on about Auckland and its status as the most underrated region in New Zealand. I’ll be bringing that and more to you soon!
Black volcanic rock is a feature of the landscape of Ambury Park.
Another feature is small lava caves.
The bottom portion of the shelter below would appear to be ancient stonework, but I haven’t been able to learn anything about it. All of the stone walls in Ambury reminded me of the stonework found at nearby Otuataua Stonefields. I visited Otuataua Stonefields in 2014, but haven’t yet posted about it.
I didn’t see many insects in the insect garden, but I enjoyed this family of chickens, although they would seem to be unwelcome in an insect garden.
This beautiful cat is another creature that I guess is probably not really welcome in Ambury Park. Cats are a threat to native wildlife in New Zealand, and some call for their elimination from the country. I had never seen one before, but this looks to me like a bengal cat.
It being spring, there are many babies among the animals at Ambury Park at the moment. The kids below frolicked in a way that put the spring lambs to shame.
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