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Hobsonville Point walkway

Tree-lined Hobsonville Point Park

The Hobsonville Point Walkway circumnavigates a newly developed area of Auckland. Much of the walkway follows the foreshore and offers pictureque harbour views . This is a walk of variety – parks, developments, wharf and historic homes.

Walk Time1 hour 15 mins to 1 hour 45 mins, approx 6km
Difficulty1/5 – some steep sections
Buggies / wheelchairs5/5 – Track is suitable
DogsYes – on leach plus some off-leash areas
FacilitiesPlayground, Toilets, Water, BBQ, Tables, Seats
Why this track?Views, Coastal, Park, Historic Homes

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Hobsonville Point Walkway Description

This walk is full of interesting views and experiences.  

Start the walk from Catalina Cafe , next to the beautiful Hobsonville Point Park and then meander your way around the newly developed streets.  The busy footpaths soon give-way to a coastal track which leads you around Hobsonville Point.  The track is generally very wide and is in very good condition.

Views of the harbour and back to Auckland City in the distance are both stunning and plentiful.  There are areas of grass fields and native bush enroute, particularly Onekiritea Park. 

Once past Harrier Point Park the coastal walk takes in the Hobsonville Ferry Terminal precinct with its facilities and then tracks alongside recent housing developments.  It is a fascinating mix of ‘the new’ alongside beautiful water views and two historic homes.

Chichester Cottage is a quaint old cottage built by Doug and Audrey Mill around 1927.  Mill House, originally known as ‘Windover’, was built in the early 1930’s by prominent Auckland Architect George Tole for the Mill’s.  Follow the links to find out more information.

This walkway is very easy and excellent underfoot, great for buggies, wheelchairs and bikes.  There is a good playground at Hobsonville Point Park where the walk starts and another (only a flying fox and tyre swing) at Harrier Point.

Buggies and Wheelchairs

This walkway is excellent for wheelchairs, buggies and bikes.  It is very flat overall, with minimal rise and fall plus the track is paved 95%+ of the way.

The elevation only rises and falls a maximum of about 12m in the entire route, the largest being the detour up Harrier Point where there are stairs. Note: you do not have to take this detour to complete the loop.

Links to other walk information:

Hobsonville Point Walkway Summary 

Hobsonville Point Walkway Brochure

Hobsonville Point Website

Walkways that can be used by mobility scooters

Recently we were asked “please let me know which walks are suitable for my mobility scooter as most seem to have steps”.

As many people already know, Auckland is built on a volcano landscape, hence there are many hills. Most walkways have steps  and/or steep inclines and declines which make the paths unsuitable for mobility scooters.

There are very few loop walkways that are flat. We have made a list of possibilities here: Flat walks in Auckland . We cannot guarantee that there are no steps or other hazards for mobility scooters. Hopefully you will have an able bodied friend who is able to scout the route for you beforehand.

Pram friendly walks

Lake PupukeAuckland’s terrain is mainly hilly so it can be difficult to find flat walks that are buggy and pram friendly. So many walkways are either steep or have steps. Which makes it difficult for wheelchairs and mobility scooters too.

We can’t promise that all the suggested walks will be plain sailing. If there are problems, please let us know. And if you discover something that’s not on this list, we would be keen to hear about it.

Central Auckland Walks

Mt Roskill Explorer

Panmure Basin

Wynyard Quarter & Viaduct

Waiatarua Reserve

Western Springs and Meola Reef

Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill

North Shore Walks

Unsworth Reserve Loop

Orewa Te Ara Tahuna

Belmont Bay

South Auckland Walks

Auckland Botanic Gardens (Gardens only as Totara Park tracks have steps and steep climbs).

Murphy’s Bush Scenic Reserve

Barry Curtis Park

Weymouth Walkway Loop

Mangere Esplanade Loop

Wattle Downs Loop

Puhinui Reserve Walkway

East Auckland Walks

Botany to Cascades 

Botany and Dannemora Circuits

Pakuranga Farm Cove Loop

Pakuranga Kentigern Loop

Pakuranga Loop Walk

Point England Walk

Pigeon Mountain and the Wetlands

West Auckland Walks

Oratia Stream Loop

Avondale Whau River

Henderson Opanuku Stream

Henderson Creek

Glen Eden Waikumete Cemetary

Hobsonville Point Circuit

Te Atatu Peninsula

Arataki to Titirangi in the Waitakere Ranges