Description of the Kiwi Esplanade Walkway
This walkway wanders alongside the Manukau Harbour coastline between Mangere Bridge and the Otuataua Stonefields.
It explores the waterfront of Mangere Bridge township and ends on the borders of Ambury Regional Park.
A few metres southwest of the visitor centre, a path links with an unsealed vehicle track, with off-shoot paths, that wanders south along the Mangere Ihumatao foreshore.
This is an area rich in history and natural beauty.
The main feature of the Watercare section is New Zealand's biggest coastal marine restoration project.
Plan a walk for the high tide and take binoculars for bird watching.
Suitable for walkers with stable footwear and mountain bikers.
Wear stable footwear.
While parts of Kiwi Esplanade and Ambury Regional Park are accessible by wheelchair, some parts of the path are rough.
The unsealed road through the Watercare section is popular with mountain bikers.
The Stonefields area is rougher underfoot and there are some small hills.
For the most part, the route is flat and easy walking. Approach hides quietly and stay off the protected bird banks.
How to access the Kiwi Esplanade Walkway
Start at the inner reaches of the Manukau Harbour beside Mangere Bridge.