Upper Nihotupu Dam Walk
Easy stroll with great views
The track is named after one of the many dams in Waitakere built for the Auckland water supply. The trail starts by passing through a short rain forest trail. Apart from local flora and fauna, there are several water falls, pond pools, and bridges.
The track leads to an impressive view of the thundering Nihotupu Waterfall that marks the head of the reservoir. The track levels out as it sidles along the flooded river valley,
Hugging along the contour of the Upper Nihotupu Reservoir the track eventually comes to the dam and information shelter. Build in 1920', the Upper Nihotupu dam is the second oldest dam in Waitakere ranges.
At the end of track is a lovely picnic area which also marks the starting point of the original Waitakere tramline (now disused). Tram tracks are still there! For the brave hearted, climbing up the dam face along sets of steep stairs can be really fun.