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Little Shoal Bay Path


Parts of Little Shoal Bay Path are closed to prevent the spread of kauri dieback. Read more about how to Protect our kauri trees.

Walking time 60 mins

Walking steps 5200 steps

Distance 4 km

Starts at 20 Council Terrace, Northcote Point

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About the path

Start in Northcote Point at Little Shoal Bay. The large, flat reserve is a great seaside spot to relax and enjoy close-up views of the Auckland Harbour Bridge.

The playground has shade sails and rope climbing wall, crawling tunnel and flying fox. There's also a basketball court, outdoor exercise equipment and an off-leash dog exercise area (check on-site signage) at the popular reserve.

Cross Council Terrace and follow the signs to enter Le Roys Bush. This bush reserve features a waterfall and native birdlife, as well as huge kauri, tōtara and nīkau palms.

Follow the track along the wetland, valley and stream. The path is a mix of gravel tracks and boardwalks (narrow in areas), with some steps.

The bushwalk emerges at 251 Hinemoa Street. Opposite is the iconic Birkenhead Library and Civic Centre building. Check out what's on offer, and admire the sweeping sea views from the balcony.

Spend some time enjoying the local shops and cafes in Birkenhead village. Don't miss the viewing platform Kaimataara ō Wai Manawa (located on Birkenhead Avenue), offering panoramic views of Le Roys Bush, Auckland City and Rangitoto.


  • Basketball Court
  • Dog off-leash area near this path
  • Drinking fountain
  • Library
  • Playground
  • Public Toilet
  • Sports field

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