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Le Roys Bush Loop

Saying that you are going for a walk in the bush in urban Auckland, may sound like an oxymoron…however, that is one of the many wonderful aspects of walking in Auckland – you never have to go far to find native bush. Kauri Glen Reserve lives up to it’s name and Le Roys Bush follows a stream downhill to the restored wetlands of Little Shoal Bay, Northcote (which was once a tidal estuary filled with mangroves).

Little Shoal Bay © 2011-2013 Unleashed Ventures LimitedThis morning the sun was out (as well as the tide!), which made it a very pleasant and warm winter’s day.  Some of the smaller tracks are wet, muddy and slippery so if that doesn’t fit with you, then I suggest that you save them for a summer walk. The loop walk we have documented keeps you on the drier paths and boardwalks.

We were rewarded with sunlight filtering through the native trees, the sound of the bubbling stream and the songs of the native birds – we could have been deep in the bush instead of in the middle of urban residences!

  • Free Map for your smartphone – go to the new prototype site:  Le Roys Bush Walks [22Nov2015]

Kauri Glen is one of the oldest bush reserves on the Shore (measures about 25 acres and first sizeable pieces of land that was placed under public management) which includes trees such as taraire, totara, kauri, tawa, rewarewa and maire. Kiekie and nikau are abundant in this sub-tropical rainforest. Smaller species of note are pate and karapapa. The area is alive with the likes of tui, fantails and moreporks.

Little Shoal Bay Reserve is a great place to start and finish at – with plenty of parking and a fun looking children’s playground.  Dogs must be kept on leash to protect the flora and fauna.

Alternatively you could begin your walk at Birkenhead. A new track has been constructed (September 2016) from 31-45 Birkenhead Avenue. Called the Maori Pipi Walk.

You could pop into the Northcote Tavern  for lunch, coffee or a beer afterwards – full of character and nice ambience. Or stop at Sausalito Cafe.

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Please protect our Kauri.  Clean ALL dirt off your shoes and dogs feet BEFORE you arrive. Spray feet on entering and leaving. Dogs on leash at all times. Keep to the tracks. Enjoy your walk. 
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***Please note: September 2018 This track has been temporarily closed due to Kauri Dieback
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Description: Bush track and board walks. Slippery when wet. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility.
To see: Native bush, waterfall, wetlands, views across Auckland Harbour, native birds.
Time: approx. 60 minutes. (about 5.0 kms)
Parking: Little Shoal Bay Reserve
Buses/Ferries: Queen Street, Onewa Road, Northcote MAP

Stay on track…get your detailed guide and map  (AN-079 Le Roys Bush Loop) over at our Walks Store and our Book Store (one of 12 walks featured in our books “Urban Bush” and “Dog Friendly Walks part 2”).

 

Explore the Shore

Explore the Shore” is a series of three books each containing 10 main walks and compiled by Margaret Scrymgeour. The walks cover a large area of Auckland’s North Shore.

I had the pleasure of meeting Margaret at an Auckland Council Regional Cycling and Walking forum on the 12th June. We have much in common – we have made our walks circular, one hour to one and a half hours in length, and we take in the parks and reserves.

The books are currently free and are available from Libraries and Information Centres. They contain clear directions and a map for each walk.

These books can be downloaded from the Living Streets website:

Volume One: Download Albany & Greenhithe booklet (PDF, 1.5MB) Greenhithe, Chester Park, The Oaks, Kell Park & Lucas Creek, Albany Village & Landing, Civic Centre & Central Albany, Brookfield, Clemows, Rosedale to Unsworth Reserve, Fairview Heights

Volume Two:  Download Bays to Devonport booklet (PDF, 2.4MB) Torbay Coastal, Browns Bay Inland, Murrays Bay Inland, Mairangi Bay, Campbells Bay to Castor Bay, Sunnynook, Around Lake Pupuke, Around Takapuna, Belmont, Devonport Inland

Volume Three: Download Kaipatiki booklet (PDF, 8.0MB) Northcote- Tuff Crater, Old Northcote Point, Birkenhead & Le Roys Bush, Chelsea (Sugar) Heritage Park, Beach Haven, Shepherds Park, Windy Ridge, Glenfield Coast & Bush, Highbury & Eskdale Reserve, Totaravale & Unsworth Reserve

Kaipataki Explorer Online Guide