Parks

South Walkways

Here are some of the walkways you can enjoy in the South.

 


The Awaroa walkway

Duration

The full walk takes four to six hours.

 
Route

The walkway runs from Shelly Park Beach, Howick, to Musick Point. There are a number of access points along the walkway, which follows the coastline, or if the tide is full, reserves and roads. Main access points include Sandspit Road, Cockle Bay, Howick Beach, Mellons Bay, Eastern Beach and Musick Point. Dogs are welcome along the walkway provided they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or other park users. Dogs are not permitted on sport fields or near children's playgrounds.

 


 
The Cascade walkway

Fitness level

It is suitable for most levels of fitness, including mountain biking. Parts of the path are concrete or gravel but there are parts that are not paved so you need good shoes in winter.

 
What to expect

If you like bird watching, jogging, walking or exploring, this walkway has plenty to offer. Along its 6km stretch you can enjoy the sweet scent of pine trees, rest beside a gentle stream, step back in time at the Howick Historical Village or catch a game of sport at Lloyd Elsmore Park, Millhouse and Meadowlands Reserves. Dogs are welcome along the walkway provided they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or other park users. Dogs are not permitted on sport fields or near children's playgrounds.

 
Route

The walkway runs from Meadowland Drive to Lloyd Elsmore Park in Pakuranga. Entry to the walkway is via numerous points including 51 Gosford Drive, 14 Kookabura Place, 127 Millhouse Drive, 47 Kurnell Drive, 74 Whitford Road, 155 Botany Road, 23 Bernie Edwards Place, 42 Headcorn Place, 16 Jay Court and 230 Cascades Road.

 


The Beachlands-Maraetai walkway

Fitness level

The walkway is wheelchair accessible and suitable for prams but there are some unsealed sections in some parts.

 
Duration

This walk takes 1 hour 30 minutes.

 
What to expect

This is a coastal walkway and cycle path that winds along Auckland’s south-eastern coast. It connects the settlements of Beachlands and Maraetai and offers views of the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island and the Coromandel Peninsula. This 6km walkway has significant Māori and European history and an array of interesting coastal flora and fauna. Dogs are allowed either on lead or off leash under control along most of the walkway. Dogs are prohibited from Omana Regional Park, except for around the perimeter walk. Dogs are welcome along the walkway provided they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or other park users. Dogs are not permitted on sport fields or near children's playgrounds.

 
Route

The walk can be started at either end of the walkway, at Maraetai Park (off Maraetai Drive) or from the end of Second View Ave in Beachlands. Please park at Shelley Bay Toilet Reserve 142-4 Second View Avenue. Alternatively the walk can be accessed from Omana Esplanade Reserve, Omana Regional Park and Te Puru Park. You can park at Maraetai Park, Te Pene Reserve, Omana Esplanade Reserve, Omana Regional Park, Te Puru Park, Spinnaker Bay (Beachlands end).

 


Kiwi Esplanade walkway

Fitness level

While parts of Kiwi Esplanade and Ambury Regional Park are accessible by wheelchair, the bulk of the paths on this route are rough and suitable only for walkers with stable footwear. The unsealed road through the Watercare section is popular with mountain bikers. For the most part the route is flat and easy walking. The Stonefields area is rougher underfoot and there are some small hills.

 
What to expect

History, major conservation initiatives, and wildlife come together in this route which wanders alongside the Manukau Harbour coastline between Mangere Bridge and the Otuataua Stonefields. It explores the waterfront of Mangere Bridge township, terminating at its western end on the borders of Ambury Regional Park. On the border of the farm park, a few metres southwest of the visitor centre, a path links with an unsealed vehicle track, with off-shoot paths, that wanders south along the Mangere Ihumatao foreshore. This is an area rich in history and natural beauty, stretching 7kms from Ambury to the Otuataua Stonefields, administered by Watercare Services Ltd. The main feature of the Watercare section is New Zealand's biggest coastal marine restoration project, which was done as part of the upgrade of the Manukau Wastewater Treatment Plant that the walkway also passes. During the upgrade, 500 hectares of oxidation ponds were removed, reuniting the original foreshore with the sea.  Plan a walk for the high tide and take binoculars for bird watching. Approach hides quietly and stay off the protected bird banks.

 
Route

Start at the inner reaches of the Manukau Harbour beside Mangere Bridge on the Kiwi Esplanade walkway.

 


The Otara Walkway

Duration

This walk takes two hours.

 
What to expect

The 5.5km walkway passes through a significant area of open space in Otara totalling some 220 hectares inclusive of the waterway and Otara Creek. It forms a green corridor through Otara and links the Otara Town Centre with Hillary College, Ngati Otara Park and Otara Lake. Of particular interest are the mangroves that grow in the tidal mudflat zones and the associated wildlife. Dogs are welcome provided they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or other park users. Dogs are not permitted on sport fields or near children's playgrounds.

 
Route

The walkway starts at the end of Kaitawa Cres and follows the Otara Creek around to East Tamaki Road and back to Kaitawa Crescent - the loop back is along the road.

From the Otara Town Centre, access is gained through Lovegrove Cresent where walkway passes northwards along the recently planted banks of the Otara Creek.

 


The Pakuranga Rotary walkway

Fitness level

The 5km walkway is paved and relatively flat, making it suitable for wheelchairs, pushchairs and a range of fitness levels.

 
Duration

This walk takes two hours 45 minutes.

 
What to expect

This runs around the edge of the water of the Tamaki Estuary and Whakaaranga Creek. You can enjoy, walking, cycling or jogging it. Points of interest include extensive views up and down the Tamaki River, layers of ask, peat and ignimbrite, wetland areas, and features of historical and cultural significance. Bicycles are permitted but need to share the walkway with pedestrians. If you are riding a bike please give way to people walking and watch out around blind corners. Dogs are welcome along the walkway provided they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or other park users. Dogs are not permitted on sport fields or near children's playgrounds.

 
Route

You can access from Pigeon Mountain all the way to Pakuranga Road.  Entry points include Pigeon Mountain, Prince Regent Drive, Estelle Rapallo, Bramley Drive, Fisher Parade and Rotary Reserve at Pakuranga Road.

 


The Wattle Downs walkway

Fitness level

It is suitable for all ages and abilities with seating at several locations.

 
Duration

About two hours.
 

What to expect

It follows the coastal strip of reserve land adjoining the Wattle Downs residential area in Manurewa and the Papakura Stream. This walkway consists of esplanade reserve with two larger reserves at Kauri Point and adjoining Kaanapali Crescent. The Manukau Harbour is the dominant influence. Much of the land on the southern side of the Puhurehure inlet is rural, and boating activity on this part of the harbour is minimal. The coastal reserves provide a buffer between the residential uses and the habitat areas of the harbour edge. These mudflats are frequented by a range of wading birds such as oyster catchers and white faced heron. Dogs must be controlled at all times either on leash or off leash.

 
Route

The walkway starts at Dalmahoy Place and continues around the shoreline to Frangipani Avenue. There are also several access points off Carnoustie Drive.

 


  
The Weymouth walkway

Fitness level

The easy grade makes the walkway ideal for wheelchair use and people with pushchairs.

 
Duration

It will take 30 to 40 minutes at an easy pace not including side diversions.

 
What to expect

The highlight is the ever-changing views afforded of this tidal area of Manukau Harbour and the Puhinui Creek. As the sea recedes, extensive tidal rock shelves are revealed. Several side tracks lead you down gravel paths or steps to the beach, where you can explore rock pools and observe the wide variety of coastal birdlife. Fishing and shellfish gathering is popular in this area. Along most of the beach, especially at the southern end, is a wide grass berm sheltered by trees, which provides many ideal spots for picnicking. The upper reaches of the inlet feature mangrove forest and views across the unique, and ecologically important, landscape of the Puhinui Reserve. Dogs are welcome along the walkway provided they are kept under control and do not disturb wildlife or other park users. Dogs are not permitted on sport fields or near children's playgrounds.

 
Route

Start from Roys Road in the south and finish at Hanford Place on the shores of Puhinui Creek.

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