Exploring the Bayswater Coast

I set out from Marine Parade Reserve to explore the Bayswater coast.  I hoped to make it to the First World War Heritage Trail bridge without leaving the foreshore.

Marine Parade Reserve - Bayswater Coast
Marine Parade Reserve

The rock shelf is wet in this area, at low tide, but not muddy.  That changed as I proceeded northeast.

Bayswater Coast
Bayswater foreshore

I stopped often to look back over Shoal Bay and Waitemata Harbor toward the Harbor Bridge and Sky Tower.

Shoal Bay, Bayswater, Sky Tower, Harbor Bridge - Bayswater Coast
Shoal Bay, Bayswater, Sky Tower, Harbor Bridge

The skyline of Takapuna is visible over Shoal Bay in the opposite direction.

 Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay - Bayswater Coast
Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay

I’ve seen a lot of kite boarders out on the sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve, but the group in the picture below was up to something different.

Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay - Bayswater Coast
Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay

This coast has the nicest boat houses I’ve seen along the New Zealand coast.  Some appear to be situated on a kind of extra back yard, but right on the bay.  The buildings probably serve as more than just a place to store boats and related equipment.

Bayswater foreshore - Bayswater coast
Bayswater foreshore

I got the sense that few people walk the foreshore here.  A group of people sitting in their yard asked me where I was going, and there was a “why are you here” vibe.  They weren’t otherwise unfriendly though.

Bayswater foreshore - Bayswater coast
Bayswater foreshore

I headed out toward the sandbar a bit early, and found the going very soft and muddy.

Bayswater foreshore - Bayswater coast
Bayswater foreshore

I walked all the way to the end of the sand bar.

Takapuna from the end of the sandbar - Bayswater coast
Takapuna from the end of the sandbar

The pic below looks back toward the Bayswater coast, and shows the net some people had just finished setting up.  Low tide had passed, and the water would soon be coming back in, eventually flowing like a river.  I think they probably left with a lot of fish.

Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve - Bayswater coast
Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve

I walked back on the sandbar proper, on much former ground.

Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve - Bayswarer coast
Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve

Below is a parting look along the sandbar.

Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve - Bayswater coast
Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve

Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve it becomes very muddy near the shore.

Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve - Bayswater coast
Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve
Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve - Bayswater coast
Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve

Fortunately there are a couple of sandbars just off of the Bayswater Coast that let me make it to Sandy Bay Reserve.

Sandbars to Sandy Bay Reserve - Bayswater coast
Sandbars to Sandy Bay Reserve
Sandy Bay Reserve
Sandy Bay Reserve

I walked to the end of Sandy Bay Reserve, but found no way forward that wasn’t all deep mud and overgrown mangroves.  I retreated to Sandy Bay Road and took that and Bayswater Avenue to the First World War Heritage Trail next to O’Neill’s Point Cemetery.

O'Neill’s Point Cemetery - Bayswater Coast
O’Neill’s Point Cemetery

The bridge was built to last, and gets a lot of use.

First World War Heritage Trail - Bayswater Coast
First World War Heritage Trail, bridge over the mud and mangroves of Shoal Bay

We’re moving into late fall here in New Zealand, and the sun sets by 6:00.

Sunset over Shoal Bay - Bayswater Coast
Sunset over Shoal Bay

The path from O’Neill’s Point Cemetery is part of the Green Route from Devonport to Takapuna.

Green Route from Devonport to Takapuna
Green Route from Devonport to Takapuna

At Northboro Reserve I called it a day, and caught a bus back to my car at Bayswater Marina.

Enjoy the full gallery of 22 pictures below.  To view on imgur, click here.

Join me on A Guided Tour of Whatipu Beach

I got another chance to act as tour guide and chose Whatipu Beach,  still my favorite west coast beach. This visit rewarded us with something I had never seen before anywhere.

To see my various other posts on Whatipu Beach, use the search box at the top of the left column.

The view over Huia Bay was good, so I decided to drive back the short distance to Huia Point.

Huia Bay
Huia Bay

It was a beautiful day, and I took the opportunity to shoot a high-resolution panorama.  Enjoy, but be warned, it’s big.

Huia Point
Huia Point

We started with a walk to the sea caves.  It’s been raining a lot for months, and the campground meadow and the path to the point where the track enters the bush were wet, with pools in places.

Track to the sea caves at Whatipu Beach
Track to the sea caves

The large panorama below shows the whole view.

Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach area
Track to the sea caves at Whatipu Beach
Track to the sea caves

The track rises to offer some great views of the Whatipu Beach area.

Whatipu Beach landmarks
Whatipu Beach landmarks

There are some good size caves along this track.  It takes about 45 minutes to walk to the end.

Whatipu Beach sea cave
Whatipu Beach sea cave
Whatipu Beach sea cave
Whatipu Beach sea cave

There’s a toilet near that last cave, and I think there’s a campground, but it isn’t obvious where one should camp.

Whatipu Beach sea cave
Whatipu Beach sea cave

Maybe inside the cave?

Whatipu Beach sea cave
Whatipu Beach sea cave

It was a nice day, and I really like some of these pictures of the area.

Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach

The tour wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the beach proper.

Manukau Harbor - Whatipu Beach
Manukau Harbor and Manukau Heads

We made our way to the beach on Manukau Harbor and the rock shelf along the harbor side of Paratutae Island.  We immediately saw dozens of small crabs, already scurrying under rocks by the time we spotted them.  My companion loves crab.  Most western people would have considered them too small to eat, but Asians look at such things differently.  Where the rocks could be moved, I moved them, and she grabbed the little crabs.  Later she removed the back part of the shell, removed the insides, and fried them in a pan with salt and pepper.  The shells were just a bit crunchy, and they were delicious.

Next we walked toward the lighthouse.

Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach

The orca below is just visible in the pic above.  This gives you a good idea how big this beach is.

Orca on Whatipu Beach
Orca on Whatipu Beach

Tourists camped at Whatipu told us that the campground owner had taken a picture of the orcas eye and sent it to someone who deals with marine mammals.  They had identified the whale, and said that it was very old and had likely died of old age.  I had guessed that the really bad storms we’d been having had caused it to be washed ashore.

Orca on Whatipu Beach
Orca on Whatipu Beach

The golden hour arrived, and everything looked even more beautiful on our walk back to the carpark.

Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach
Whatipu Beach

Enjoy the full gallery of 29 pictures below.  To view on imgur, click here.

Kauri Point Centennial Park

I returned to Kauri Point Centennial Park to walk the tracks that I hadn’t before, and to see how they connect with Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.

I parked in the small carpark off of Onetaunga Road.  I went just a bit out of my way to have a quick look at Kendall Bay.  On my first visit to Kauri Point Centennial I walked down and had a look around the beach at Kendall Bay.  Search “Kauri Point Centennial” for my previous post on the park.  To see the full “Kauri Point Domain & Kauri Point Centennial Park” gallery from 2015 on imgur, click here.

Kendall Bay - Kauri Point Centennial Park
Kendall Bay

There are two benches at two different spots with nice views over Kendall Bay.  When I got up to continue my walk I was struck by the beauty of the setting.

Bench overlooking Kendall Bay - Kauri Point Centennial Park
Bench overlooking Kendall Bay

The bush here is beautiful.

Kauri Point Centennial Park
Kauri Point Centennial Park

The track follows the top of the cliffs for a short distance.  There’s a bench with a great view of the harbor, Chelsea Sugar’s wharf, Birkenhead Wharf, the Harbor Bridge, central Auckland, and the Sky Tower.

Waitemate Harbor and central Auckland - Kauri Point Centennial
Waitemate Harbor and central Auckland

The track emerges onto a narrow road behind a sign for Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.

Chelsea Heritage Park track to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Chelsea Heritage Park track to Kauri Point Centennial Park

The road is lined with bamboo on one side the whole way.  A friend came here with me a couple times to collect bamboo shoots, and made them into excellent Thai food.  Not far away in Chelsea Heritage Park are macadamia trees.  I collected some small ones, but I haven’t yet found a way to crack them.  I really want to expand my knowledge and abilities for acquiring the free food that is available in New Zealand.

Private road through Chelsea Heritage Park
Private road through Chelsea Heritage Park

The private road emerges onto Colonial Road.  When I did the Kaipatiki Coastal Walk I thought this was where the map was showing me to go, but I guess I took that “PRIVATE PROPERTY NO ENTRY” sign too seriously.  Looking at the picture below, later, I noticed the small sign for Kauri Point Centennial Park.

The way from Chelsea Heritage Park to Kauri Point Centennial Park
The way from Chelsea Heritage Park to Kauri Point Centennial Park

Having solved that mystery, I turned around and headed back.

Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park

When I reached the clifftops again the light was getting good.

Auckland in evening light
Auckland in evening light

The colors changed as I watched.

Auckland in evening light
Auckland in evening light

I made it back to my car before it got too dark.

Kauri Point Centennial is another great small Kaipatiki park.

Please enjoy the full gallery of 13 pictures below.  To view on imgur, click here.

Auckland’s Regional Parks

This is an index to MileSteppin blog posts about Auckland’s Regional Parks.  The Auckland Regional Council website offers a list of the Regional Parks with a map of Regional Park locations.
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Ambury - Auckland's Regional Parks

Ambury

The farm park lies among the southern suburbs fronting the Manukau Harbour. Take in the various farm animals as you wander around the open pasture. Ambury is a significant habitat for shorebirds. – Auckland Regional Council
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Anawhata Beach - Auckland's Regional Parks

Anawhata

Anawhata is a spectacular beach that can only be reached by foot. Because it is less accessible, it is much quieter than other beaches in the Waitakere Ranges. – Auckland Regional Council
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Arataki Visitor Centre and Pouwhenua - Auckland's Regional Parks

Arataki Visitor Centre

The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park which has more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest. It’s 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches. – Auckland Regional Council
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Atiu Creek - Auckland's Regional Parks

Atiu Creek

Atiu Creek Farm was gifted to the Auckland Regional Council by Jackie and Pierre Chatelanat who wanted to ensure that all New Zealanders could enjoy access to the Kaipara Harbour. – Auckland Regional Council
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Awhitu - Auckland's Regional Parks

Awhitu

A pleasant drive through Waiuku and 33km beyond, leads to peaceful Awhitu on the southwest shores of the Manukau Harbour. Wander over parkland pastures, explore wetlands or enjoy safe, sandy beaches. – Auckland Regional Council
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Cascade Kauri - Auckland's Regional Parks

Cascade Kauri

Cascade Kauri, Lake Wainamu and Fairy Falls are located in the northern part of the Waitakere Ranges and offer great places to explore. See giant Kauri trees, huge sand dunes and spectacular waterfalls. – Auckland Regional Council
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Cornwallis - Auckland's Regional Parks

Cornwallis

Part of the Waitakere Ranges, Cornwallis is a popular, safe spot for family picnics and swimming. Be sure to visit the 200m long restored Cornwallis wharf, the last of the Manukau’s 16 ferry wharves. – Auckland Regional Council
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Duder - Auckland's Regional Parks

Duder

Duder park is located on the pohutukawa-fringed Whakakaiwhara Peninsula, which cuts out into the Tamaki Strait. Visitors may feel like they are on their own island as they enjoy the 360 degree views. – Auckland Regional Council
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Hamlins Hill - Auckland's Regional Parks

Hamlins Hill Mutukaroa

A green oasis amid Auckland’s urban and industrial sprawl, this park offers open pastures and expansive views. – Auckland Regional Council
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Huia - Auckland's Regional Parks

Huia

Huia is a quiet settlement by the Manukau Harbour. It has tidal beaches, picnic spots, campsites and a huge choice of walks. – Auckland Regional Council
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Hunua Falls - Auckland's Regional Parks

Hunua Falls

The Hunua Falls area has a large, flat area with picnic tables, and toilets only 10m from the large car park. While the Wairoa River may be suitable for swimming, the waterfall pool is considered unsafe. – Auckland Regional Council
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Hunua Ranges - Auckland's Regional Parks

Hunua Ranges

These bush clad ranges with streams, waterfalls and magnificent vistas offer a natural playground less than an hours drive from Auckland. The park is the largest native forest in the Auckland region.  – Auckland Regional Council

This large forest and mountain area actually includes other Regional Parks – Waharau and Whakatiwai – and Hunua Falls, as well as Cosseys Dam and Cosseys Reservoir and a huge number of hiking trails and other attractions.  To see everything I’ve posted on the Hunua Ranges, search “Hunua”.
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Karekare - Auckland's Regional Parks

Karekare

Karekare is one of Aucklands most spectacular beaches and wilderness areas. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Karekare was made famous by the Oscar winning movie The Piano. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “karekare” for every post relating to this awesome west coast beach.
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Long Bay - Auckland's Regional Parks

Long Bay

Long Bay is a busy seaside park, protecting the most northern of the east coast bays and lying adjacent to the Long Bay – Okura Marine Reserve. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Long Bay” for every post relating to this excellent east coast park.
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Mahurangi - Auckland's Regional Parks

Mahurangi

Mahurangi park protects three peninsulas at the mouth of the harbour. Mahurangi spans across the Puhoi River, north of Wenderholm, and along Te Muri Beach to Sullivans Bay and Mita Bay. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Mahurangi” for every post relating to this beautiful park.
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Muriwai - Auckland's Regional Parks

Muriwai

A windswept rugged coastline stretching 60km north showcases Muriwai’s spectacular black sand surf beaches. At its southern end, Otakamiro Point is the site of one of our few mainland gannet (takapu) breeding colonies. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Muriwai” for every post relating to this stunning west coast park.
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Omana - Auckland's Regional Parks

Omana

Omana Regional Park is situated on a gently contoured knoll from which visitors can enjoy outstanding views of the inner Hauraki Gulf. An ideal family park with a shelly beach offering safe swimming at high tide. – Auckland Regional Council
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Pakiri - Auckland's Regional Parks

Pakiri

A stunning piece of coastal land at Pakiri. The 52 hectare piece of land includes 900 metres of sandy coastal foreshore and stands of inspiring mature coastal pohutukawa trees. – Auckland Regional Council
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Piha - Auckland's Regional Parks

Piha

Piha is one of Aucklands most famous west coast black sand beaches. Part of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park, Piha is a popular spot for swimmers and surfers. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Piha” for every post relating to this famous west coast park.
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Scandrett - Auckland's Regional Parks

Scandrett

Perched on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, Scandrett Regional Park encompasses Mullet Point, coastal forest, rocky headlands, an attractive beach and a precinct of historic farm buildings. – Auckland Regional Council
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Shakespear - Auckland's Regional Parks

Shakespear

At the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, Shakespear Regional Park has sheltered bays, pastureland, regenerating native forest, cliffs and a lookout with views second to none. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Shakespear” for every post relating to this extensive east coast park.
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Tapapakanga - Auckland's Regional Parks

Tapapakanga

An attractive coastal farm park, Tapapakanga has a rich Maori and European history and offers an accessible, pohutukawa edged beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames. – Auckland Regional Council
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Tawharanui - Auckland's Regional Parks

Tawharanui

Set on a remote peninsula, Tawharanui Regional Park boasts some of the Auckland region’s most beautiful white sand beaches, rolling pastures, shingled bays, native coastal forest and regenerating wetlands. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Tawharanui” to see every post relating to this stunning open sanctuary.
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Tawhitokino - Auckland's Regional Parks

Tawhitokino

This small scenic park is located at the end of the Kawakawa Bay Coast Road. Accessible from Waiti Bay only at low tide, Tawhitokino offers safe swimming and a beautiful, secluded stretch of white sand beach. – Auckland Regional Council
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Te Arai - Auckland's Regional Parks

Te Arai

Enjoy nearly 50 hectares of new parkland in the north east of the Rodney region. Te Arai features highly sensitive dune lake ecosystems, wetlands, and regenerating forest. – Auckland Regional Council
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Te Henga - Auckland's Regional Parks

Te Henga – Bethells

Te Henga or Bethells Beach is another beach in the Waitakere Ranges worth visiting. Here you will find sand dunes and Lake Wainamu – a popular swimming alternative to the rough west coast beaches. – Auckland Regional Council

Search “Te Henga” to see every post relating to this spectacular west coast beach park.
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Te Rau Puriri - Auckland's Regional Parks

Te Rau Puriri

Te Rau Puriri on the South Kaipara Peninsula is unique because it offers access to one of the best beaches on the Kaipara Harbour and the major lake (Lake Ototoa) on the peninsula. – Auckland Regional Council
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Wharau - Auckland's Regional Parks

Waharau

On the eastern side of the rugged Hunua Ranges, Waharau extends from the range to the coast. Enjoy farmland, river banks and forest for camping, picnics, walking and mountain biking. – Auckland Regional Council
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Waitakere Ranges - Auckland's Regional Parks

Waitakere Ranges

Waitakere Ranges Regional Parkland includes 250km of walking and tramping tracks, beaches, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rocky outcrops, waterfalls and cliffs. – Auckland Regional Council

This large park contains within it all of the famous west coast beaches – Muriwai, Te Henga/Bethells, Anawhata, Piha, Karekare, and Whatipu – and also Cascade Kauri, Huia, and Cornwallis Regional Park, and of course the gateway to it all, the Arataki Visitor Centre.  It also includes many smaller beaches and attractions, several dams, many waterfalls, and a great number of excellent hiking trails.  To see many more posts relating to the Waitakere Ranges, search “Waitakere”.
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Waitawa - Auckland's Regional Parks

Waitawa

Located 50km from central Auckland on our south-eastern coast, Waitawa is made up of three small peninsulas and fronts onto four bays. – Auckland Regional Council
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Wenderholm - Auckland's Regional Parks

Wenderholm

The picturesque mouth of the Puhoi River, surrounded by forested headlands, is Wenderholm, the first and perhaps still the most beautiful Regional Park. Wenderholm contains one of Aucklands best examples of mainland coastal forest. – Auckland Regional Council

To see all of my posts about this great park, search “Wenderholm”.
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Whakanewha

Whakanewha

Escape overseas and visit this park on the western side of Waiheke Island. Whakanewha offers sheltered swimming on a long, sweeping beach with a panoramic bush clad backdrop. You can also enjoy camping and picnic sites on the foreshore. – Auckland Regional Council

I haven’t yet posted about this regional park; the thumbnail above is from the Auckland Regional Council website’s list of the Regional Parks.
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Whakatiwai - Auckland's Regional Parks

Whakatiwai

Whakatiwai Regional Park is characterised by a series of gravel ridges, which are unique not only in the Auckland region but also internationally significant. The park includes a shelly sand foreshore, and is a haven for migratory birds. – Auckland Regional Council
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Whatipu - Auckland's Regional Parks

Whatipu

The Whatipu area is a Scientific Reserve owned by the Department of Conservation and managed on behalf by the Auckland Council Regional Parks. It is a spectacular area of coastal dunes and wetlands. – Auckland Regional Council

To see all of my posts about my favorite west coast beach, search “Whatipu”.
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