The park is named after the Shepherd family who farmed here for several generations. Shepherds Park has playing fields, a playground, fitness trail and a regenerating bush area overlooking Hellyers (Oruamo) Creek.
The adjoining headland area, which is being restored to its original coastal bush environment, is well serviced by easy walking paths and tracks.
The headland entrance is at the foot of Cresta Ave. Proceed up the trail to the large rimu tree, from here this track leads to the new boardwalk through the salt marsh to the Landing and the Maori midden site.
Climb the steps to the upper terraces to enjoy extensive views of the estuary and upper harbour against the Greenhithe escarpment. At low tide, the mud flats support many feeding birds.
Follow the wheelchair-friendly Fay Sara path which skirts the sports fields then, by an easily negotiated bush track, carry on to the lookout over the Oruamo estuary. The on-going restoration project is being achieved as a partnership between the Kaipatiki Local Board and a volunteer group ‘Friends of Shepherds Park’.
There is also a Fitness Trail for all to make use of around the upper sportsfield and a childrens bike circuit around the playground.