Western Springs or Te Wai Orea (water of eels) is a lakeside park located in Western Springs, Auckland and is known for idyllic scenery and historical importance to Auckland City. Local Māori named Waiorea due to the richness in the eel population, as eels were always seen as a vital food source for Māori.
Waiorea is a shallow spring-fed lake with a maximum depth of 2.9 metres. It discharges from two weirs into Motions Creek and the wetlands have special importance, hosting tremendous biological diversity. Human population growth and habitat destruction has seen eel populations around the country decline over time and Waiorea has been redeveloped as a refuge for eels. The Department of Conservation has recently classified the entire park as a special wildlife interest area.