Exhibition Drive

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Easy access short walk

Exhibition Drive is one of the most popular tracks within the park. Originally a section of the tramline used for transporting supplies to the Upper Nihotupu Dam site from near Lopdell House in Titirangi. The track is now a flat gravel service road closed to public vehicles. In the winter months it is a popular place for jogging and group walking. The lack of vehicles and wide flat surface also makes for a popular family cycling spot.

Exhibition Drive details

Regional park: Click here for information about 'Arataki Visitor Centre' (including gate opening hours)
Distance: 3.2 km
Time: 45 minutes
Wheelchair access: Yes. Exhibition Drive is a flat gravel service road and as such may be suitable for some wheelchairs. For more information please contact the Arataki Visitor Centre 09 817 0077.
Pram access: Yes. Exhibition Drive is a flat gravel service road closed to public vehicle and popular with pram walking groups due to its all weather surface.


Parking is available at the disused Nihotupu Filter Station (located at the junction of Scenic Drive and Woodlands Park Road). The track follows an old gravel road that was originally a tramline. The track meets the south end of Shaw Road near the halfway point and continues to a point overlooking the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir at Mackies Rest.

What to expect

Easy access short walks are suitable for everyone, including assisted wheelchair users, mountain buggies, and young families. All easy access short walks are part of the path classification of tracks and are suitable for people of most ages, mobility and fitness.

Easy access short walks will:
  • Have mostly level grades with all-weather surfaces consisting of seal, concrete, well compacted gravel or similar.
  • Have a high level of signage with directional signs at the track entrance and all junctions.
  • Have all water courses culverted or bridged, and there will be no steps.
Easy access short walks may:
  • Have seats and viewing platforms at areas of interest.


Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen. You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.


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