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Coast to Coast Walkway

Description of the walk

The Coast to Coast walk is a hike across Auckland from one coast to the other, from Waitemata to Manukau.

It takes you through landscapes shaped by 600 years of Māori occupation, and through some of our finest natural and built heritage areas offering panoramic views along the way.

For more information, see the Coast to Coast map.

 

Length of the walkway

16km

Wildlife and native trees you can see on this walk

Native birds include the iridescent blue kingfishers (kotare), fantail (piwakawaka), and tui - distinguished by a white throat tuft and a melodious call, and the large wood pigeon (kereru). Whau trees still grow on Maungawhau (the hill of the whau tree).

The trail passes a small forest of Totara and Rimu on the old volcano's southern slopes and Cornwall Park's many native trees include an avenue of Puriri, which the trail follows, and a young kauri grove.

You will see other bird species en route, including the sparrow, blackbird, the thrush and rock pigeons in the parks.

Large grassy areas attract the large black and white magpie and the bright green and red rosella, both Australian immigrants.

Route of the walk

The walk from the Viaduct Harbour along Customs Street takes you along reclaimed land.

Catch glimpses of the Waitemata Harbour, pass the Edwardian Baroque ferry terminal and then the beautifully restored ex-Chief Post Office building, now home to the downtown bus and train terminal, Britomart.

Continue on to Albert Park, the site of an old Māori village (papakainga), then on to Auckland Museum located on the Auckland Domain. As you leave the Auckland Domain from the Carlton Gore exit, do not forget to visit Outhwaite Park on the other corner of this intersection.

Located on the slopes and adjacent to Maungawhau is Eden Gardens. Melville Park, located between St Andrews Road and Gillies Avenue, is home to Auckland women's hockey and cricket including a croquet club.

Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill Domain together make up 220ha of Auckland's most striking landscape.

The walkway passes five volcanic sites. Albert Park, now a green shoulder of the Central Business District, is a small, now barely-recognisable volcano. The walkway crosses the scoria cone and exits over the tuff ring to sidle past an adjacent scoria cone at Outhwaite Park.

Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) has three craters, two breached and one intact.

The Coast to Coast walkway passes over the 183m high summit.