Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3: Shepherds Park to Manuka Reserve

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3 picks up more or less where I finished Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2.  I started at Shepherds Park planning to walk to Glendhu Scenic Reserve.  Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 and Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3 approximate Coastal Walk 2 from the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer.  Along with the first of what I’ve called Kaipatiki Coastal Walks, these walks explore the entire coastline of the Kaipatiki region.

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

Shepherds Park has large open fields, but I prefer the bush tracks along the coast of Hellyers Creek.  I’ve always liked this spot on the creek shore, especially at low tide.

Shepherds Park
Shepherds Park

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3 follows the coast of Hellyers Creek, which enters Waitemata Harbor at Beach Haven Wharf.

Looking over the mouth of Hellyers Creek and Waitemata Harbor to Hobsonville and the Yachting Developments building
Looking back over the mouth of Hellyers Creek and Waitemata Harbor to Hobsonville and the Yachting Developments building

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3, like Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2, features mud and mangroves.  Fortunately the track follows the coast very closely, so I felt no need to walk the muddy foreshore.  It ascends for a nice view of the mouth of another creek.  It’s further to the other side than it looks.

Looking Northeast from Shepherds Park
Looking Northeast from Shepherds Park

It gets bushy going around the creek mouth.  There are smaller paths to the shore, some leading to abandoned docks and boats.

Mud and Mangroves - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Mud and Mangroves

There are a number of pipes over Hellyers Creek.  This is further along the coast from Shepherds Park than I had gone before.

The pipe below has a locked maintenance bridge over it.  It looked like a good place to sit for a break, but the mosquitoes zeroed in and sent me on my way.

Bridge and pipe over Hellyers Creek - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Bridge and pipe over Hellyers Creek

The boardwalk seemed to have escaped damage from a couple of downed trees.  Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3 has well formed and maintained tracks.

Downed trees - kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Downed trees

I suppose that would be a root growing across the path in the photo below.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Kaipatiki Coast

I tried to follow the coast all the way to Kaipatiki Creek, in spite of what the map above shows  It looked like it should work, but that area seems to be sort of a corporate park, and I walked in circles.  From the bridge 2 big pipes are visible amongst the mud and mangroves.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Kaipatiki Creek

I made a false start trying to get back to the coast after the bridge as well, but eventually found my way to a track along the coast.  It ascends to offer a view of Manuka Reserve Boat Ramp.

Manuka Reserve Boat Ramp - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Manuka Reserve Boat Ramp

And a view back across Kaipatiki Creek.

When I reached Manuka Reserve I went down to the boat ramp for a look.

Manuka Reserve Boat Ramp - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Manuka Reserve Boat Ramp

The tide was high when I was at Shepherds Park, but the water was low at Manuka Reserve.

Coast at Maukua Reserve
Coast at Maukua Reserve
Coast at Maukua Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Coast at Maukua Reserve

Hellyers Creek narrows quickly toward the north end of Manuka Reserve.  Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3 heads inland a bit through the reserve.  I planned to continue to Glendhu Reserve, but when I missed my turn and ended up on the roads again I decided I was tired enough to call it a day.

Hellyers Creek - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3
Hellyers Creek

I think if I had consulted the Kaipatiki Explorer map for Manuka Reserve I’d have known how to continue.  I probably would have saved myself time and energy, and gone further, if I had been more careful using the maps I had, including Google Maps.  I might go walk from Manuka Reserve to Glendhu Park some time to see how it is.

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