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Cape Horn Lookout loop

Description of the walk

With peeks through a screen of trees to spectacular views, Cape Horn Lookout allows you to track the progress of ships as they make their way up the harbour.

There is also a historic site at Waikōwhai Bay.

You can have a picnic near a barbecue area at Waikōwhai Park or near Wattle Bay Reserve.

You can also take your kids to the playground at Waikōwhai Park.

This is one of the shorter loops of the Waikōwhai Walkway.


Not suitable for mountain bikes, baby buggies or wheelchairs

Dog access

On-leash for most of the walkway; Off-leash on Manukau Domain

Route of the walk

Access points are Cape Horn Road and Waikōwhai Road.

The route is indicated as a yellow line on the map.

Wattle Bay loop map

Keep safe on this walk

For your safety:

  • Walk along the foreshore only two hours before or after the daily low tides.
  • Wear good walking shoes.
  • Protect yourself from sun and rain.
  • Take plenty of drinking water.

Avoid being caught out by the Manukau Harbour tides.

Plan your low tide sections so you can make it back to dry land in good time. Get to solid land, stay put, and call the Coastguard.

If you or someone else is in trouble on the water, call the Coastguard on 09 303 1303, or *500 from your mobile. The nearest Coastguard station is at French Bay, and is contactable 24/7.