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Milford to Takapuna Walk

Description of the walk

You can explore the coastline from the northern end of Milford Beach to the southern end of Takapuna Beach, taking in the area's rockpools, beaches and scenery.

The route takes you along the shoreline, with uninterrupted views of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island, Auckland's most recent volcanic cone.

There are a number of good swimming beaches along the way, from secluded Thorne Bay to the pōhutukawa-lined Takapuna Beach. There is also plenty of opportunity along the way to see local marine life in the volcanic rockpools and fossils of ancient forests preserved by lava flows.

Between Milford Beach and Takapuna Beach the route crosses private property. Owners have permitted this. Please respect the environment and the privacy of local residents, and do not trespass on private property outside the route.

The Milford-Takapuna walk is best at low tide, as the rocks are exposed and the path is dry.


1 hour 30 minutes


This walk is suitable for all fitness levels. For the most part it is flat and easy, although there are some parts where the path is rocky and rough, and can be slippery.

It is not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.

Stay safe on this walk

Be careful. The pathway in this area is not properly constructed.