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Wattle Bay loop

Description of Wattle Bay loop

One of the shorter loops of the Waikōwhai Walkway, Wattle Bay loop is a combination of coastal bush and suburban strolls.

It features some of the best harbour views from the western end of Manukau Domain.

What you will see on this walk

You will encounter a range of native birds feeding on the bush valley.

You will find a historic site on Wattle Bay (Taunahi) where archaeological remains show Māori settlement on the coast.

There is also a lovely picnic spot by the beach.


Not suitable for mountain bikes, baby buggies or wheelchairs

Dog access

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

How to access Wattle Bay loop

Access points are Halsey Drive, Canberra Avenue and Sylvania Crescent.

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.