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Te Ara Manawa / Hobsonville Point Path

Walking time 60 mins

Walking steps 7150 steps

Cycling time 40 mins

Distance 5.5 km

Starts at Hobsonville Point Ferry Wharf

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About the path

Hobsonville Point is an old Air Force community that is being redeveloped as a great example of a well-planned urban environment with excellent amenities.

This walk or ride around Hobsonville Point makes a great Saturday or Sunday excursion.

The route is mainly off-road paths and shared spaces. It's mostly sealed with short sections of gravel by the coast. It's an easy recreational route that's great for children cycling with adults and inexperienced cyclists.

You can reach Hobsonville Point by ferry including on weekends. Check the ferry timetable on the Auckland Transport website. There is a large public carpark near the end of Launch Road, close to the wharf area. The route is described in an anti-clockwise directions, but you can easily follow the markers in the other direction. There is an art trail along the route as well.

Cycle or stroll down to the wharf. You’ll find a bike maintenance stand and photo-worthy Virginia King sculpture inspired by traditional Māori hīnaki (eel traps).

Take in the stunning views and beautiful landscaping along the waterfront as you walk or cycle past the Old Wharf Lookout, the former officers’ accommodation and Chichester Cottage. The route meanders along the new housing developments, across two artful bridges, to turn left onto the reserve that runs through the heart of the suburb, with a great adventure playground by Buckley Avenue, artworks, cafes, shops and a beautiful community plant nursery.

You’ll come out at the Eastern shore, keep right to skirt the outer perimeter of Onekiritea Park, which has an off-leash dog exercise area - check signage for details. At Bomb Point, make sure you stop to explore the old munitions stores where artists have been commissioned to brighten them up with some great art.

Return to the wharf area via Whakahuia Park and keep an eye out for Te Kanohi o Te Manu (The Eye of the Bird).

Back at the wharf area, enjoy the farmers market (weekends from 9am to 1pm). Here you can sample artisan food, enjoy live music and stock up on gourmet meats and fresh, locally grown produce. Or pack a picnic and find your own spot by the water.

If the kids have energy to burn from those tasty market treats, head to the nature-inspired playground on Buckley Avenue.


  • Dog off-leash area near this path
  • Drinking fountain
  • Playground
  • Public artwork
  • Public toilet

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