Kauri Point Domain & Kauri Point Centennial Park

In which Miles goes looking for kauri, but once again ends up admiring coastline.

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Kauri Point Domain

I spotted this park in Google maps, and thought it sounded promising.

The walk starts with a gradual ascent, offering a short diversion to a small mangrove-filled bay.

Small bay full of mangroves
Small bay full of mangroves

A grassy, open expanse offered a view of the Waitemata Harbour before leading onto a short descent to a beach on Fitzpatrick Bay.

View of Waitemata Harbour
View of Waitemata Harbour
Beach on Fitzpatrick Bay
Beach on Fitzpatrick Bay

I thought I saw a path leading up the hillside opposite where I had entered what I’d call a small valley.  There was no other obvious way out except the trail on which I had entered that valley.  The beach seemed to be a popular place for people to bring their dogs.  I asked a dog owner about the path I had seen.  She said that it was an alternate route back to where I had parked.  She pointed out another way up the hill that was a bit less difficult than the one I had seen, but connected with the same trail.  She also told me that in spite of the park looking larger on the map, there wasn’t really anywhere else to go but back to the car park.  Then she told me about nearby Kauri Point Centennial Park, which offers a few more walking trails.

The route she showed me was extremely steep.  It was more climb than walk.  I used both hands in spots, but there were a lot of good strong roots to offer good hand holds.

Kauri Point Centennial Park

The track I took in Kauri Point Centennial Park led downhill to Kendall Bay, offering views of the bay along the way.  There are options for longer walks, but the park is not a large one.

Kendall Bay in Kauri Point Centennial Park
Kendall Bay in Kauri Point Centennial Park

I walked along the shore to the point to the left, which is obscured by a tree in the image above.  The coast of Kendall Bay offered views of the bay and harbour, and cool cliffs, trees and rock formations that didn’t disappoint, in spite of the fact that I’ve enjoyed so many of these things recently.

Cliffs on Kendall Bay
Cliffs on Kendall Bay
Rock shelf on Kendall Bay
Rock shelf on Kendall Bay
View over Kendall Bay
View over Kendall Bay

I was told that there are kauri trees in both of these parks, but I didn’t see any.  I believe they are young, and relatively small.

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