Upper Nihotupu Reservoir
The walk to the Upper Nihotupu Reservoir is one of the easier Waitākere tracks – no cliffs unless you count the edge of the reservoir dam. It starts as a short bush walk then follows the metal service road to the dam. Walk another 10 minutes and you get to a cleared area below the dam where the bush tram used to run. Follow the rails to the base of the dam.
Despite following the metal road, it is a great walk. It passes by rapids and three waterfalls, one of which is about 15 to 20 metres. The bush is attractive, with views across the reservoir; especially nice when it’s calm and reflective.
As of April 2023, the walk has been closed due to kauri dieback – check closures here.