It has been a while since we have headed down to Westhaven and Point Erin Park. We found three good reasons to make a return visit. It seemed appropriate to be down at Auckland’s waterfront while TeamNZ was enduring their second race of the competition for the America’s Cup! We had watched the new pedestrian bridge crossing the motorway from the steep steps of Jacob’s Ladder being built, but still had not traversed it. And the dark grey clouds threatened rain and we did not want to be a long way from shelter.
And the results were…TeamNZ won their second race, the pedestrian bridge looks better when you are on it and we stayed dry!
Since we last visited, the Council has built a new pathway that runs alongside the motorway, with panels that effectively screen the motorway traffic noise. It promises to be beautiful in December when the red flowers of the pohutukawa trees are in bloom.
Signs alongside the marina are announcing plans to make improvements too.
Description: Mainly level paths, two flights of steps. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. Running shoes suitable.
To see: Auckland City views, Rangitoto Island views, harbour views, Harbour Bridge.
Time: approx. 45 minutes. (about 4.24 kms).
Point Erin Park for Dog off leash area, Playground, Picnic site. Children’s scooter friendly apart from the steps.
Start: Westhaven Drive, Saint Mary’s Bay (Harbour Bridge end) MAP
Suggested cafe: Sitting Duck
Stay on track…get your detailed guide and map over at our Walks Store (GS-088 Westhaven Loop) and our Book Store (one of 12 walks featured in our book “Dog Friendly Walks part 3″).
Posted in Auckland Coastal Walks, Dog Friendly Walks, Things to do with children
Tagged America Cup, America S Cup, Auckland, Bay Bridge, Bloom, Columns, Grey Clouds, Harbour Bridge, Ids, Improvements, Jacob, Jacob S Ladder, Ladder, Leash Area, Level Paths, Map And Directions, Motorway, Motorway Traffic, New Bridge, Pathway, Pedestrian Bridge, Picnic, Playground, Pohutukawa Trees, Point Erin park playground, Rain, Red Flowers, Running Shoes, Scooter, Signs, Steep Steps, Three Good Reasons, Traffic Noise
Winter is perhaps not the best time to do this bush walk starting at the Chelsea Estate Heritage Park - the track was very muddy and slippery – but we survived, and it was fun!
The pink Chelsea Sugar Refinery sits on the edge of Auckland Harbour. From the shore there is a wonderful view across to the Harbour Bridge and City. Swan and ducks greeted us at the dam, expecting to be fed.
You can walk the beaches, feed the ducks, picnic by the ponds or go exploring around the 45 hectares of bush land at the Chelsea Sugar Refinery.
Our walk takes us from the dam at the Chelsea Sugar Refinery through native bush along the cliff edge to Kauri Point Centennial Park and then inland to Chatswood Reserve.
There are a myriad of walking tracks and some are difficult to find after the recent rain and the dropped leaves from the trees covering the ground. Luckily we had our map, so we did not get lost! There’s plenty of native bush and birdlife to enjoy – the birds were singing loudly today.
Description: Part bush track. Very slippery when wet. Suitable for users of above average fitness and mobility.
To see: Chelsea Sugar Refinery, views across Auckland Harbour, native bush, ducks, swan.
Time: approx. 60 minutes. (about 5.0 kms)
Parking: Chelsea Sugar Refinery car park, bottom of Colonial Road
Buses: Mokoia Road, Highbury MAP
Stay on track…find this walk’s map and directions guide (GS-078 Chelsea Bush Walk) and other walk self-guides at our Walk Store.
Posted in Auckland Bush walks, Auckland Nature Walks, Walks in Auckland North Shore
Tagged 60 Minutes, Beaches, Best Time, Birdlife, Bush Land, Bush Track, Bush Walk, Car Park, Centennial Park, Chelsea, Chelsea Sugar Refinery, Cliff Edge, Colonial Road, Duck feeding, Ducks, Estate Heritage, Fun Factory, Harbour Bridge, Hectares, Heritage Park, Leaves, Map, Map And Directions, Native Bush, Nbsp, Park Loop, Picnic, Pink, Ponds, Rain, Sugar Bush, Sugar Factory, Sugar Refinery, Swan, Trees
Our walk around Takapuna on Auckland’s North Shore was in warm winter sunshine. It was great to see so many people out walking – some with their dogs off-leash on the beach (check out the Council dog rules), making the most of the day.
We followed a route documented by Margaret Scrymgeour from her booklet “Explore the Shore”. This walk takes in the sandy shore as well as the mangrove filled estuaries. The walk is quite undulating, so gave us a good workout. The views of Rangitoto are stunning, and we also enjoyed the view to Auckland City, Mount Eden and the Harbour Bridge.
Description: Mix of flat and undulating paths. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility.
To see: Takapuna Beach, Rangitoto, Mangrove, native birds, ducks
Time: approx. 90-120 minutes. (about 8 kms)
Start: Takapuna Boat Ramp, The Promenade MAP
Stay on track…get your detailed guide and map over at our Walks Store (GS-075 Takapuna Explorer) and our Book Store (one of 12 walks featured in our book “Coastal part 2″).
Posted in Auckland Coastal Walks, Dog Friendly Walks, Walks in Auckland North Shore
Tagged Auckland City, Boat Ramp, Bridge Gallery, Columns, dog off-leash area, Dogs, Ducks, Estuaries, Fitness, Harbour Bridge, Ids, Map And Directions, Mount Eden, Native Birds, North Shore, Promenade, Rangitoto, Sandy Shore, Scrymgeour, Takapuna walk, walks in auckland, Warm Winter, Winter Sunshine, Workout
This Belmont Bay walk on Auckland’s North Shore, was chosen by my friend after she read an inspiring article about the founder of the Belmont cafe “Little & Friday“.
View of Auckland Harbour Bridge from Belmont
This was my first explore around the Belmont and Bayswater area and was delighted to find reserves, cycleways, playgrounds and views of the Harbour Bridge with the Waitakere Ranges as a back drop.
The walk itself takes under an hour, and is mostly flat. One of the highlights is crossing the Bayswater Bridge (the new cycle/pedestrian bridge completed September 2013 – officially opened 5th October 2013, made with recycled totara timber balustrades).
Description: A mix of level paths and slightly inclined paths. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility.
To see: Estuary views, wetlands, residential housing, Auckland Harbour Bridge
Time: approx. 45 minutes. (about 4.00 kms). Playgrounds.
Start: Corner Eversleigh Road & Rutherford Street MAP
Stay on track…get your detailed guide and map over at our Walks Store (GS-058 Belmont Bay Walk) and our Book Store (one of 12 walks featured in our books “Coastal part 2″ and “Dog Friendly part 1″).
Posted in Auckland Coastal Walks, Auckland Wetlands and Waterways, Walks in Auckland North Shore
Tagged 3999, Amp, Auckland, Bayswater cycle bridge, Belmont Area, Belmont Bay, Caption, Columns, Fitness, Harbour Bridge, Ids, Level Paths, Map And Directions, Nbsp, New Bridge, North Shore, Pedestrian Bridge, Playgrounds, Road Map, Rutherford Street, Store Description, Street Map, Timber Balustrades, Waitakere Ranges, walks in auckland, Wetlands
Auckland Harbour Bridge
A glorious day after very rough weather earlier this week made the walk today very enjoyable. The sun shone on the full tide, which encouraged me to take many photos as we walked around Westhaven Drive and under the Harbour Bridge.
This Auckland walk not only has fabulous views, it is mostly flat (apart from the steep steps at Jacob’s Ladder (which have recently been shortened)), Victoria Park has a great children’s playground and skate park, and there are beautiful old homes to enjoy. There is also a dog off leash area along the way. Victoria Park Markets are not yet fully re-opened (due November 2012).
Description: A mix of level paths, one lot of steep steps. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. Running shoes suitable.
To see: Auckland City views, Rangitoto Island views, harbour views, Harbour Bridge.
Time: approx. 60 minutes. (about 5.4 kms)
Parking: Carparks in Westhaven Drive
We stopped at the Sitting Duck Cafe for a coffee in the sun, overlooking the moored yachts – bliss! I didn’t want to leave…
Stay on track…get your detailed guide and map over at our Walks Store (GS-043 Point Erin and Harbourside) and our Book Store (one of 12 walks featured in our book “Coastal part 2″).
Posted in Auckland Coastal Walks, Dog Friendly Walks, Flat walks in Auckland, Walks in Auckland Central
Tagged Auckland, Beautiful, Bliss, Bridge Day, Coffee, Detailed Guide, dog off-leash area, Fabulous Views, Glorious Day, Harbour Bridge, Jacob, Jacobs Ladder, Ladder, Leash Area, Map Point, Photos, Playground, Point Erin, Rough Weather, Sitting Duck, Skate Park, Steep Steps, Sun, Tide, Victoria Park, Walks, Yachts
I felt like a tourist in my home city this morning! The morning was stunning after last night’s opening of the Rugby World Cup 2011. The skies were blue and the water still in the harbour, with just a little mist left around the edges. I had not explored Northcote Point before (it would have been a fine vantage point for the previous night’s fireworks display).
We had not prepared a route – it was a discovery walk and we were well rewarded. Views of Auckland City. Dwarfed by the pylons of the Auckland Harbour Bridge. A new-found path along the motorway. And an interesting mix of old and new residential homes. Plus children’s playgrounds as a reward for children. All made for a fun walk.
Download the Council’s Heritage walk brochure here.
Description: A mix of level paths and steep paths/steps. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility.
To see: Auckland City views, Waitemata Harbour views, Harbour bridge foundations. See if you can spot Mt Eden, Mt Victoria and the Chelsea Sugar Refinery.
Time: approx. 70 minutes. (about 5.85 kms).
Stay on track…get your detailed guide and map over at our Walks Store (AN-021 Northcote Point Loop) and our Book Store (one of 12 walks featured in our book “Coastal part 1″).
Posted in Auckland Coastal Walks, Walks in Auckland North Shore
Tagged Auckland City, Auckland Harbour Bridge, Blue Water, Bridge Foundations, Brochure, Detailed Guide, Discovery, Eden Mt, Fireworks, Fitness, Harbour Bridge, Heritage Walk, Level Paths, Map And Directions, Map Point, Motorway, Mt Eden, Mt Victoria, Nbsp, New Homes, Pylons, Residential Homes, Rugby World Cup, Rugby World Cup 2011, Sausalito, Steep Paths, Sugar Refinery, Vantage Point, Walks, World Cup 2011
The Te Atatu Peninsula Walk provides wonderful views of Auckland harbour – the Chelsea sugar factory, the Sky Tower, Rangitoto Island and the Harbour Bridge. You could almost be on an island! And the water looks beautiful at both high and low tides, dotted with mangroves. (Dogs must be on-leash to help protect the bird life that lives around the foreshore.)
On the eastern side of the Peninsula, specially created salt marsh wetlands on the lower terrace at Harbourview – Orangihina provide natural habitat to an abundant wildlife (fern birds, New Zealand Dotterel, oystercatchers, herons, Caspina terns, godwit and varous gulls).
There are boardwalks and a picnic platform out over the water at Harbourview Beach Reserve.
Fans of the New Zealand TV series Nothing Trivial Season One may recognize Michelle’s house and her exercise path.
Description: 6.25km loop walk. Mainly level paths – a mixture of paved, loose metal and boardwalks . Caution: Puddles after rain. Suitable for most ages and levels of fitness and mobility, designed with flat shoes or running shoes in mind. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Dogs: On leash only. Children’s Playground=Yes
To see : Waitemata Harbour views, natural habitat, shore birds MAP
Suggested Cafés: Luscious Food Store and Servo
Stay on track…find this walk’s map and directions guide (GS-019 Te Atatu Peninsula) and other walk self-guides at our Walks Store and our Book Store (“Coastal Part One” and “Best of the West“).
Posted in Auckland Coastal Walks, Auckland Nature Walks, Auckland Wetlands and Waterways, Flat walks in Auckland, Walks in Auckland West
Tagged Abundant Wildlife, Auckland Harbour, Bird Life, Boardwalks, Cafes, Dogs, Dotterel, Flat Shoes, Food Store, Foreshore, Godwit, Gulls, Harbour Bridge, Heavy Rain, Herons, High And Low Tides, Level 6, Level Paths, Natural Habitat, New Zealand Tv, Oystercatchers, Peninsula, Picnic, Puddles, Pushchairs, Refreshments, Running Shoes, Salt Marsh, Servo, Shore Birds, Sky Tower, Sugar Factory, Terns, Tv Series, Walks, Wetlands