A true winters day in Auckland with rain and a cold wind. There is shelter in the city as we wind our way through the inner streets and arcades, taking in the old and new buildings until we reach one of the newest, the Auckland Art Gallery.
If you are a visitor to Auckland you will find this walk will help you to get your bearings and introduce you to the city character.
Description: A mix of level paths, steps and slightly inclined paths. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. May require boots in wet weather, running shoes suitable in dry weather. To see: Arcades & lanes, Ferry Building, Albert Park, Auckland Civic Theatre, Auckland Art Gallery, Chancery Lane, High Street, Auckland Town Hall, Old Government House, Auckland High Court. Britomart Place Market – open on Saturday mornings from 8.30am to 12.30pm. It’s a market that sells fresh food, a treat for the local city residents and visitors. Time: approx. 60 minutes. (about 4 kms) Start: Britomart MAP
Description: mainly a level path. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. Suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. To see: Auckland harbour views, Rangitoto Island views, bridges, yachts Time: approx. 45 minutes. Plus time for lingering(about 3.89 kms) Start: Off Halsey/Beaumont Streets or from Britomart MAP
This weekend we embarked on an alternative Auckland coast to coast walk – from Waitemata Harbour to Manukau Harbour. Auckland City Council do have their own documented walk here. However our alternate walk has less road, more parks, more bush, more direct, more variety, more views and more fun. It takes about 4 to 4 1/2 hours if there are no stops.
The walk can be done in stages (so that at convenient points, if you need to return to the start we let you know where you can catch a bus or train) or you may wish to set a day aside to do the complete walk. It takes about four hours non-stop, but do allow yourself time to explore the side-trips (e.g. walk around Parnell, one of Auckland’s most interesting and historic suburbs) and have refreshments.
If you are looking for things to do in Auckland this is a great day outing. This alternative coast to coast walk starts off at the Ferry Building and ends at Onehunga (or you could start from Onehunga and time your arrival to be at Wynyard Quarter to watch the sun set over the Harbour from a bar or restaurant.) The walk is full of variety from kauri trees, to the Parnell shops and cafes, churches and cathedrals, views of the harbours, volcanoes and Waitekere Ranges and an art collection. It includes many playground areas for children which we hope is an incentive for them to do this walk. This walk in Auckland shows off the diversity of this wonderful city.