Walks

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Goat Island Coastal Walk

Goat Island Coastal Walkway

This walkway begins just inside the Leigh Marine Laboratory gate, crosses farmland to the cliff edge and follows the fence line. There are spectacular views over Goat Island, to Pakiri and beyond and out to many of the Hauraki Gulf islands. The track descends through a valley of native bush and emerges at Tabletop Reef. Here you can enjoy views to Little Barrier Island and Cape Rodney. Allow 90 minutes return.

Ti Point

Track begins near the wharf and follows the foreshore along the south coast to the Ti Point Scenic Reserve. From here the view is out over the Hauraki Gulf to Little Barrier and Coromandel Peninsula. Large pohutukawa trees line the shore and there are good views over Omaha Bay. Allow 2 hours return.

Goat Island Beach Walk

At low tide you can walk west along Goat Island Beach to Okakari Point or continue to Pakiri Beach. It covers a mixture of sandy beaches, boulders and rocky shore. Allow three hours return from Okakari Point.

Leigh Harbour Walkway

Start at the Leigh boat ramp and follow the track around the harbour. At high tide the start of the track may be wet and an alternative access is from Ferndale Avenue. The track passes the Jolly Fisherman’s Lodge, passes over a small bridge and passes through native bush. Good views over the harbour and wharf. Marked side tracks lead up through the bush. It finishes at a sandy beach which is good for swimming at high tide. Allow one hour return.

Coastal Walk

Tawharanui Regional Park

Te Araroa Walkway

The Rodney Road to Pakiri section is a steep 2km walk from near sea level to or from the hilltop between Bathgate and Rodney roads. Allow 90 minutes return.

Tamahunga Trail

Rodney Road is the start or finish of the Tamahunga Trail that runs 6km. Views include the Hauraki Gulf and islands and even the west coast on a clear day. See www.teararoa.org.nz for more information.

Matheson Bush Walk

From the beach a bush walk begins at the flat grassed area on the west side of the stream. There are some steep sections as the track follows the stream up through native bush that includes mature kauri trees. A series of waterfalls flow near the top. It finishes at Leigh Road. Allow 40 minutes return.

Leigh Coastal Walkway

Pou at Omaha Beach

Pou at Omaha Beach

This stunning coastline is edged with large pohutukawa trees that bloom with bright red flowers early summer. Views across Omaha Bay stretch out to the Tawharanui Peninsula. Further out across the Hauraki Gulf the views stretch to the Coromandel Peninsula, Little Barrier Island (Hauturu) and Great Barrier Island (Aotea). At any time you might be lucky to spot dolphins, orca or whales that frequently pass through the area.

There are numerous places along the route where you can begin or exit the walk so you can do it all or just part of it before an easy walk back to your start. Access is from the following roads: Wonderview, Kyle, Penguin, Cotterel, Kowhai, Cumberland and Harbour View.

Tawharanui Regional Park

Walks include bush, farmland, wetlands and beach, ranging from an easy 30 minutes to 3 hours. The park is a mainland island with a predator fence entrance. Natural recolonisation and relocation of birds into this predator free environment has made it possible for walkers to see many endangered birds. More information is available on http://regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz/tawharanui

Omaha Beach

There are many different walkways, across the sand dunes onto this long, sandy beach. Along the way there are a series of pouwhenua (carved Maori poles). A walk around the northern end of the spit passes nesting birds and is best done at low tide.

Pakiri Beach Walk

Pakiri Beach

Pakiri Beach

A beautiful beach that offers a chance of getting away from the crowds. Walk south along the beach and enjoy the seclusion. About 30 minutes each way. To walk north, you need to cross the Pakiri River, which is usually safe to cross. The beach continues north for around 14km.