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Milford to Castor Bay Path

Walking time 30 mins

Walking steps 2080 steps

Distance 1.6 km

Starts at 24 Craig Road, Milford

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About the path

A beautiful coastal walk from Milford Beach to Castor Bay along the Beach Road footpath. Bring your kids and the dog - this short stretch of North Shore coastline is perfect for the whole family to explore and get active.

Start your walk at Milford Reserve at the northern end of Milford Beach. Milford is a swimming beach with picturesque views to Rangitoto Island. You will find parking, as well as public toilets and a beach volleyball space. Kids of all ages will love the nautical-themed beachfront playground with pirate ship, rope climbing and balance beams.

Head over the Wairau Stream pedestrian bridge. If you time it right, you might see the bridge lift to let boats pass from the Milford Marina to the Hauraki Gulf. The bridge looks great when lit up at night.

After the bridge, turn right and follow Beach Road north for around 500 metres. There are two short walkways from Beach Road with stairs down to Castor Bay: one outside 61A Beach Road and another outside 75 Beach Road. Keep an eye out for the walkway signs as they can be easy to miss - and the walkways can look like private driveways.

If you're taking the pram or bike (or if you miss the walkway shortcuts!), avoid the stairs by continuing along Beach Road and turning right down The Esplanade to reach the beach.

End your walk at Castor Bay Beach, and enjoy a well-earned swim or picnic underneath the shady trees. Here you will also find another great kids playground, more public toilets and a grassy area to run around with the kids.


  • Playground
  • Public toilet
  • Sports field

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