About the path
This cycle path along the beautiful Pōhutukawa Coast is perfect for a fun family day out.
There are plenty of viewpoints along the route. You'll see stunning vistas of the Hauraki Gulf, Waiheke Island, Rangitoto Island and the Coromandel Peninsula.
You're spoiled for choice with activities for all ages to do along the way. Pop in for a coffee or ice cream in Maraetai or Beachlands. Stop for a swim at one of the beautiful east coast beaches (Maraetai beach, Te Pene or Ōmana Esplanade Reserve are all great options). Or visit Ōmana Regional Park for a family picnic, barbecue and games on the large flat grass areas.
There's playgrounds, BBQs and picnic tables along the route. You'll even find a skate park and tennis courts if you're feeling energetic!
The path is mostly concrete, with some small unsealed sections to be aware of. Look out for the gravel/shell area near the Maraetai end. Take extra care of vehicles at the back end of the Maraetai Boat Club where the path ends then starts again.
The route is well marked and has some slight hills. It becomes slightly narrower along the coastline near the Maraetai end. After periods of wet weather, small sections may become a bit muddy.
Dogs are permitted either on-lead or off-lead (but under control) most of the walkway – please refer to posted signage. Dogs are prohibited from Ōmana Regional Park, except for around the perimeter walk.
You can start at either end, from Maraetai Park (off Maraetai Drive), or from the end of Second View Avenue in Beachlands. If you don't want to do the whole ride, start at one of the access points from Ōmana Esplanade Reserve, Ōmana Regional Park or Te Puru Park. Parking is available in these locations.
On weekdays, consider combining your day out with a ferry ride from Auckland to Pine Harbour (note this route does not operate on weekends).
Public toilets are located at various points along the pathway.