The main entrance is from Sylvan Avenue into a cul-de-sac spur road. There is foot access from Exmouth Road, from Tarahanga Street and Sylvan Avenue (2 entrances). Another track leads in from Lake Road past the Northcote Tennis Club courts and through a patch of bush and can be exited at Puawai Place or continue along the Onepoto Stream emerging at the southern end of Tarahanga Street.
When beginning your walk or run from the parking area on the spur road, follow the shingle path past the children’s play area leading to the track and boardwalk.
A variety of landforms can be seen along the way – areas of native plants now regenerating on the crater rim and in a wetland area where maritime rush and coastal cutty grass are recovering following the removal of invasive pampas grass giving cover to pheasant, quail and pukeko.
To complete a circumnavigation of the Domain take the ‘high path’ along the rim before descending to skirt the sports arena and then crossing the small bridge over the man-made lake where model yachts are raced and ducks and eels wait to be fed!