Tamaki Drive Walk is a city walk, but it’s a beautiful one, and there is always a great view – this walk is one long, continuous, uninterrupted view. A paved walkway follows the coast of Waitemata Harbor and Tamaki Strait with views of Devonport and Rangitoto, Motutapu, Browns and Motuihe islands.
To see this walk on Google Maps click here.
This walk looks great in panoramas. I haven’t included all of my Tamaki Drive panoramas in this post, but be sure to check them out in the full gallery of 32 pictures below To view on imgur click here.
I started this walk on my way to Orakei Basin, leaving Tamaki Drive at the point of the panorama above, and the photo below. Today I would continue along Tamaki Drive.
I had ridden a bicycle along Tamaki Drive from the ferry building to Mission Bay many times when I lived in Auckland about ten years ago, but I had never walked it. I planned to revisit the Point to Point Walk and try to make it from St Heliers to Point England along the foreshore at low tide, but this day was not the day for that adventure. I decided to spend this day walking from the Auckland Ferry building to St Helliers, and to continue from there to Point England at a later date.
Just past Orakei Marina is Okahu Bay and it’s beach, the first chance to get off the sidewalk and walk on a beach. I took it. I’m not sure I had ever walked on this beach before in spite of cycling past many times.
The east side of Okahu Bay takes on a different character with a nice walkway leading to Kelly Tarlton’s SEA LIFE Aquarium.
Just past Kelly Tarlton’s and the Okahu Functions and Events building is a long pier that offers a nice walk and great views of Orakei Marina and the whole area.
It had probably been a decade since I enjoyed a walk on this pier.
You pass this impressive old lighthouse on the ferry to Rangitoto Island. Below is the view from Tamaki Drive.
And here is a better view from the ferry, shot at a later date. Kohimarama is visible in the background, St Heliers is to the left of frame.
The Tamaki Yacht Club inhabits the next point.
Next stop, Mission Bay! But first a couple of wildlife encounters. It isn’t remarkable to see either of these birds along the coast, but I wasn’t expecting it.
Mission Bay has a great beach, and Tamaki Drive at this point is lined with some good pubs and restaurants, some with nice harbor views.
Tamaki Drive moves away from the coast to accommodate a nice green space. At the center is the Mission Bay Fountain.
As always on the east coast, Rangitoto!
A short walk from Mission Bay brings you to Kohimarama Beach.
Just around the next point is St Heliers Beach.
At the opposite end of St Heliers Beach you can see Achilles Point, the start of my day on the Point to Point Walkway. In my next post I’ll take you from Achilles Point to Point England and beyond, this time right on the shore at low tide!
You can view the full gallery of 32 pictures below To view on imgur click here.