Beach at Tui Park

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 – Island Bay to Tui Park

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 was meant to be very roughly the walk referred to as Coastal Walk 2 in the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer, but in reverse.  I only made it to Tui Park though, leaving an exciting Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3 on my list for the future.

Coastal Walk 2 from the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Coastal Walk 2 from the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer

In the Kaipatiki Coastal Walk post I mentioned that I had been unable to find a public way from Chelsea Estate Heritage Park into Kauri Point Centennial Park, and so I continued via Chatswood Reserve and Kauri Park before ending my walk.

Beach from Island Bay Wharf - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach from Island Bay Wharf

In doing so I skipped walking the coast from Kauri Point Centennial Park to Island Bay.  The New Zealand Defense Force inhabits some land north of Kauri Point Centennial Park, so it may not be possible to stay on the foreshore the whole way, but I’ll explore this bit of the coast in the future.

View of the beach at Hadfield Street Reserve from Island Bay Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
View of the beach at Hadfield Street Reserve from Island Bay Reserve

I started Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 at Island Bay.  The short distance between Island Bay Reserve and Hadfield Street Reserve was muddy and awkward enough along the shore that I’d suggest walking Island Bay Road to Hadfield Street Reserve instead.  Look for the sign.

Mangroves and mud between Island Bay Reserve and Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Mangroves and mud between Island Bay Reserve and Hadfield Street Reserve

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 was begun over 3 hours before low tide, intending to stick to the foreshore as long as possible.  Starting at Hadfield Street Reserve the going was good for a while, with some mud atop the rock shelf, but not deep.

Foreshore at Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Foreshore at Hadfield Street Reserve

Hadfield Street Reserve has a second beach, nicer than the first.

Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve
Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve

I enjoyed the trees and cliffs on Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 as on all of my favorite coastal walks.

Kaipatiki coast
Kaipatiki coast

Several medium to large bays, like the one below, tempted me to walk straight across, but what looked like a semi-stable surface proved to be deep mud.  It was necessary to walk around, sticking fairly close to the cliffs.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

The harbor gets more narrow as you proceed north on Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2.  I watched just a few people enjoy the beach across the harbor in Hobsonville.

Coast of Hobsonville - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Coast of Hobsonville

A couple of shags (cormorants) were disturbed by my passage along a narrow bit of coastline.  I’d estimate that this was somewhere in the area of Alan Tanner Reserve.

Shags on Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Shags on Kaipatiki coast

I didn’t think I could walk around the back of the bay below due to extensive mangrove growth and boat ramps, so I set off to cross it and ended up sinking into the mud well over my ankles.  I had a closer look at the back of the bay and found that I was able to walk around after all.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

The last bay/inlet before Larking’s Landing, Hilders Park, and Beach Haven ferry terminal, proved impassible.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

I knew of a walkway up to Aeroview Drive, but for some reason thought that I would have to retrace my steps quite a ways to get to it.  Fortunately I met an Englishman who was looking for places to launch his inflatable kayak.  He told me that I was already there, and showed me the start of the walkway, hiding under the limbs of the mangroves.  There’s a small lookout on the way up with a good view of the Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry terminals.

Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry terminals - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry terminals

It’s a long walk on the road to Beach Haven Wharf.  They’re nice enough neighborhoods, but the experience was sufficient reminder of how nice it was to be able to walk as far as I had on the foreshore, rather than the roads.

Larking’s Landing, at the south edge of Hilders Park, looks right back across the bay that had forced me from the shore.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

Hilders Park looks across the harbor at the coast of Hobsonville.

Hobsonville coastline from Hilders Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Hobsonville coastline from Hilders Park

And northwest toward the Upper Harbor Motorway Bridge.

Hobsonville Point and the Upper Harbor Motorway Bridge from Hilders Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Hobsonville Point and the Upper Harbor Motorway Bridge from Hilders Park

Hilders Park is a nice little reserve with a nice enough beach, and lots of places for a BBQ.  There I talked with 4 little girls whose mom had brought them to Auckland for a day outdoors, perhaps because the city gets so quiet in late December.

Beach at Hilders Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach at Hilders Park

The Englishman had also recommended Tui Park, so I decided to make it part of my Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 route.  From Beach Haven Wharf I walked up Beach Haven Road and made the first left.  Much of Tui Park is playground and open grass.  I took the first track to enter the bush.

Tui Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Tui Park

An impressive old tree stands at the top of a trail leading down to the shore.

Tui Park - kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Tui Park

It was a beautiful quiet day at the end of December in Auckland, and the few people out were in an unhurried and friendly mood.  A conversation with another Englishman about the tree above evolved onto other topics as he waited for the tide to come in for another outing on his paddle-board.

Beach at Tui Park
Beach at Tui Park

This part of the Kaipatiki Coast is a great walk at low tide.  I could have gotten my boots much less muddy by making wiser choices on where to walk, but there’s no denying that mud and mangroves are identifying characteristics of Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2.  So are beaches and epic cliffs and trees, and endless harbor views.

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