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COVID-19 Alert Level 2 – Parks and facilities information

Under Alert Level 2, all public toilets, playgrounds, basketball courts, tennis courts, golf clubs, skate parks, pump tracks, BBQs and other facilities within our parks and open spaces will reopen to the public. 

Aucklanders planning to use these facilities should wash or sanitise their hands before and after use, and keep two metres away from other users. Do not use these facilities or equipment if you are feeling unwell. Where safe physical distancing may not be possible, the use of a face mask is recommended.

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Stony Batter Path

Walking time 120 mins

Walking steps 5200 steps

Distance 4 km

Starts at Stony Batter Road, Waiheke Island, Auckland

Get directions on Google Maps

About the path

A visit to Waiheke is not complete without a trip to the far end of the island.

Historic Stony Batter has some big surprises in store:

  • Intriguing rock formations
  • Groves of old taraire trees
  • Stunning views in all directions and
  • One of the largest WWII tunnel and gun emplacement complexes in the Auckland region.

The path follows well kept gravel roads and grass trails, which can get a little wet in winter. This path crosses private property, so you need to respect the rules. Dogs are not allowed in this area.

To get to the start of the path, drive out on Man O'War Bay Road and near the top of the hill turn left onto Stonybatter Road. After a while you will reach a gate with a toilet and a car park. From here you can walk to Stony Batter.

Follow the gravel road all the way past the rocky outcrops and the taraire forest until you reach the first remains of the army base that was set up here during World War II.

There are tunnels, gun emplacements and remains of utility buildings and camps all around this area. The best spots are the large gun emplacements above the tunnels (marked on the online map). Visit the Stony Batter Tunnels website to find out how to take a tour through the tunnels.

A great family adventure. Pick a clear day to get the best of the spectacular views.


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