About the path
The path starts in Cornwall Park and takes you through to Manukau Harbour. It takes a little over an hour and a half to complete going one way.
This path is part three of the Coast to Coast Walkway. If you haven't already, walk part one (City to Auckland Domain/Pukekawa) and part two (Grafton to Maungakiekie).
Make sure to plan how you’ll get back to Cornwall Park or the city if you complete all three parts of the walk on the same day. The Onehunga Train Station is a 13-minute walk from where the path ends and there are bus stops close by.
Beginning in Cornwall Park, you'll get to experience walking through an urban working farm. Head along between July and September and be treated to the site of newborn lambs and calves.
With over 350 species of trees and over 30 species of birds, this park makes for a wonderful nature escape.
The path passes by the Huia Lodge Discovery Hub. If you have any questions about the park or need assistance, pop in and talk to one of the friendly staff members.
There are picnic tables and BBQs around the park, but if you'd prefer to have lunch under a shady tree, there is no shortage of space.
Make your way to the tihi (summit) of Maungakiekie / One Tree Hill.
One Tree Hill refers to a lone tōtara tree which once formed a landmark at the summit. Make sure to snap some pics at the top, the view is worth it.
As you head out of One Tree Hill Domain you will pass the Stardome Observatory. If you have time, check out the gallery and exhibits which are open on weekdays from 10am and 11am on weekends.
There is a flying fox and great playground close to the observatory. There are also public toilets opposite the playground.
Exit the domain onto Manukau Road and continue until you reach the Royal Oak roundabout. Use the pedestrian crossings to get across Mount Albert Road and onto Symonds Street.
Continue down Symonds Street - you will see Royal Oak Intermediate School on your right.
Turn left onto Trafalgar Street before taking a right onto Quadrant Road.
From here, head into Jellicoe Park through the memorial arches. This park has an awesome playground for children.
The Victorian-style park has formal flower beds, century-old trees, a fountain and historic buildings, so its worth spending some time here.
Exit the park onto Grey Street, and continue along before turning left onto Normans Hill Road.
As you come down Normans Hill Road, you can see out to the Manukau Harbour.
Walk to the end of this road and turn left onto Beachcroft Avenue. Cross the road and head towards Onehunga Bay Reserve. There is a playground here as well as public toilets.
Finish your walk by crossing over the Taumanu Bridge and looking out across Manukau Harbour to Mangere Mountain. Soak in your surroundings and enjoy the view. You have just walked over 7km.