Auckland’s First World War Heritage Trail

In which Miles explores part of an urban walkway and a WWI cemetery.

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I’ve been aware of this walkway, and this cemetery, for some time, but hadn’t taken the time to explore it.  I found myself in a situation that has been familiar recently; not much daylight left, and a need to find somewhere close by to get outside while the weather was offering reasonably low chances of rain.  This walkway fit the bill.

Auckland’s First World War Heritage Trail doesn’t actually run through O’Neill’s Point Cemetery, so this was a bit of a false start, but I had always meant to one day explore the cemetery as well.

O’Neill’s Point Cemetery
O’Neill’s Point Cemetery

The Heritage Trail does run along the side of O’Neill’s Point Cemetery. Below is a view from the trail. This photo shows a flag of the Cook Islands. The cemetery contains 42 official war graves from
the First World War.

O’Neill’s Point Cemetery
O’Neill’s Point Cemetery

A short distance past the cemetery is a bridge over shallows filled with young mangroves.  The bridge offers good views over the mangroves and Shoal Bay, an area with a wide and unique diversity of wildlife.

View from the bridge
View from the bridge

Shoal Bay is also a favorite spot for kite boarding. If you zoom in on this photo, and several others in the album, you can see a good number of kite boarders enjoying the bay.

Further along the trail the Sky Tower and Auckland Harbour Bridge are visible in the distance.

Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge in the distance
Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge in the distance

I walked a small part of the First World War Heritage Trail, which runs from Central Takapuna to the ferry terminal in Devonport.  For more info on Auckland’s First World War Heritage Trail see the Auckland Council website.

It started to rain as I was reached my van at the end of my walk.  Basywater Marina was close by, so I stopped by to enjoy one of my old favorite views of the harbor and central Auckland.  I was treated to a nice full rainbow over the city.

Rainbow over Auckland from Bayswater Marina
Rainbow over Auckland from Bayswater Marina

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