Charlesworth Reserve


The main car park is on Charlesworth Street, Brookhaven. You can also access the reserve via walking tracks from Humphries Drive, Waterman Place and via Ti Rakau Reserve.

Metroinfo(external link) has up-to-date bus information.


This 20 ha of land, separated from the estuary by Linwood Ave and Humphries Drive, was drained in the 1920s and used as pasture.

Restoration began in 1991, when paddocks were cleared and planted, and tidal pools were re-created. Over 100,000 trees, shrubs and marsh plants have now been planted at this site and volunteers play a major role in caring for these.  This is an important habitat for native wetland birds.

Seats at viewing points overlook the pools, which is a hotspot for wetland and wading birds, including the migratory bar-tailed godwit/kuaka.

Charlesworth Reserve is being actively restored by the Avon-Heathcote Ihutai Estuary Trust, who run regular volunteer days.


To protect the birdlife, dogs are prohibited from near the tidal pools, ponds and wetland areas.

Dogs on a leash are allowed in rest of reserve.

Check our map of leashed and prohibited dog control areas for further information.

Walks and tracks

A walking track crosses the reserve beside the tidal pools and connects through to the neighbouring Ti Rakau Reserve.