Feed the ducks and swans, watch the mono-hull yacht racing, swim, kayak and picnic. There are heaps of things to do in and around Lake Pupuke.
While it may not be the first thing that springs to mind, Lake Pupuke is actually a volcano. Pupuke volcano is one of the oldest in Auckland, up to 150,000 years old according to some sources. So rather than the height factor, think of it more as an explosion crater.
Being home to the North Shore Rowing Club and Takapuna Boating Club, the waters of Lake Pupuke always seem to be humming with activity. The Boating Club has yacht racing every Sunday, year round. Rowing, dragon boating and windsurfing are common on the lake and great to watch.
And if you fancy a fish, Lake Pupuke is regularly stocked with rainbow and brown trout. Take note though guys, fishing WILL cost you a fishing license (or be in breach of council laws and fines). Shoreline fishing is a bit limited, but try your luck from a kayak or row boat. The locals reckon it's best during the cooler months from early May until late October. Good fishing spots include Sylvan Park, the Quarry at the end of Northcote Road and around the back of the North Shore Hospital in Takapuna. Check the local fishing regulations as there are quantity and size considerations that you will need to abide by (and $$ fishing license, don't forget).
This access is via Milford. You cannot walk around the perimeter of Lake Pupuke, unfortunately. If you wish to approach from another angle do so via Takapuna's Manurere Ave (by the Pumphouse Theatre). It's just a skip-and-jump from Killarney Street.
We Reckon | Yay. Found another little stroll diversion, plonked lakeside in the midst of pukeko and waterlilies - a great spot for a fish & chip night location. Read my Lake Pupuke blog. Car park closes at 8.30pm in summer (just to let you know)!
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Photo Credit | Lake Pupuke