About the path
A great bike ride for people who are getting a little more confident, or a gentle walk. This route is one of the few safe circuits – there are no road crossings, and most of the route is on separate bike lanes, or quiet back roads. There is one long, gentle climb, but most of the route is flat. Toilets, coffee, a playground and parking available at the starting point. This is a surprising circuit with beautiful wetland views and lush forests and scenic vineyards along Wilma Road.
Start at the car park of the Sports Club, next to the tennis courts along the Causeway, Ostend. In the mornings this is a popular coffee and juice spot with the locals. Head towards Wharf Road on the shared path – this route is for walkers and cyclists. You’ll get good views of the Okahuiti Wetland here. Turn left onto the scenic gravel causeway and cross the Okahuiti Creek – watch the tide rushing in and out and spot the wildlife in the mangroves. At Wilma Road turn left and wind your way along the original main road between Ostend and Surfdale, which is now very quiet. A gentle climb takes you all the way up to Causeway Road, where you turn left onto the shared path and zoom down to the start. Use your brakes – there are hidden corners and driveways along here, so don’t go to fast! On your way down you could cross the busy road and visit stunning Goldie Vineyard for lunch, but check their opening hours.
Once back, cross the road and explore the new beachfront walk around the Waiheke Boat Club. You'll see a special seat set into the upturned bow of a boat, an interpretive display and a lovely beachfront playground. There are public toilets by the playground.
Easy walking or cycling circuit, very quiet and safe.