About the path
A fantastic scenic loop combining the vibrant Mission Bay coastal boulevard, Takaparawhau / Bastion Point and rich local history. Discover what the locals love about this beautiful part of Auckland.
Start at the public carpark at Takaparawhau / Bastion Point. At the top of the path is the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Gardens. This impressive obelisk, mausoleum, reflection pond and gardens overlooking the Waitemata Harbour is the burial place of Prime Minister Michael Joseph Savage, the architect of the welfare state in New Zealand.
Enjoy stunning panoramic vistas of Auckland and the Hauraki Gulf.
Above the memorial is Takaparawhau / Bastion Point and the marae of Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei. High on the cliff point is an ancient pā site (Māori defensive settlement). For hundreds of years the point offered a vital lookout to sea for Māori to watch for approaching enemies. This land was returned to Ngāti Whātua in 1991 to be enjoyed as a public reserve.
Follow the path down from the eastern side of the reserve. At the bottom of the steps you'll emerge in Mission Bay, which has a vibrant cafe, bar and restaurant scene. The beach and beachfront children's playground are great places to stop for a break before continuing your walk.
Kids will love splashing around at the iconic art deco fountain in the centre of Mission Bay. It's also worth checking out the Melanesian Mission House, a historic stone building constructed in 1859 by Anglican Bishops.
Once you've finished enjoying Mission Bay cross the Millennium Bridge, a public art feature called Aramaramara (Virginia King; Chris Thombuilt) to celebrate the new millennium in 2000. This provides a shortcut back onto Tāmaki Drive.
Stroll along the flat picturesque path on Tāmaki Drive until you reach Ōrākei Wharf, a popular recreational fishing spot opposite Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium.
Turn around and head back along Tāmaki Drive, crossing the road when you reach Hapimana Street on your right. Walk up the hill to return to Takaparawhau / Bastion Point - it's a gentle incline. Keep an eye out for the historic military gun emplacements to your left.
Public toilets are available at the Michael Joseph Savage Memorial and Mission Bay Beach.