Western Springs, Auckland
Western Springs is just out of the city centre and is home to the Auckland Zoo and MOTAT. There is also a public golf course there and the Speedway. There springs contain a series of freshwater lakes which are still filled by active springs. The area attracts a wide range of waterfowl as well as families as there is a large playground in the westernmost corner near the zoo.
Western Springs began flowing some 70,000 years ago when lava from the Three Kings volcano filled the original streambed. The springs became the main source of fresh water for Auckland and was pumped across the city via a huge steam-powered beam engine (now on view at Motat). The Maori’s call this area, Waiorea – meaning ‘water of the eels’.
Auckland's Museum of Transport and Technology (or Motat as it is referred to) is a fairly fascinating place if you like old planes, cars, trains and steam engines - anything old really. There is a recreated shopping street from the 1920's as well.
Open 10am-5pm daily except Christmas day.