Long Bay Regional Park

In which Miles takes a short walk on a Long Bay, on the Queen’s Birthday.

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I selected Long Bay because it was the closest coastal park I could find on the map.  With the rain and cold, the coast just sounded more open and sunny than the bush.  The coast at Long Bay is as entertaining as any of the coastlines I walked in the previous several days.  The weather was pretty good, and it was a public holiday, so a lot of other people had the idea to go to Long Bay, but most people stayed close to the beach.

Longbay Beach, looking north toward Rangitoto
Longbay Beach, looking north toward Rangitoto

The Coastal Walk at Long Bay overlaps with part of Te Araroa (The Long Pathway), the 3000km route stretching from Cape Reinga in the North of New Zealand to Bluff on the southern tip of the South Island.  I haven’t mentioned it, but several of the walks I’ve written about are part of Te Araroa.

The cliffs, trees and rocks along the foreshore at Long Bay are all spectacular.

Coastal cliff on Long Bay
Coastal cliff on Long Bay
Tree at Pohutukawa Bay
Trees at Pohutukawa Bay
Long Bay coast
Long Bay coast

I’d say the tide came in a bit during my walk, but it didn’t feel like walking the foreshore was going to become a big problem for a while.  There were places that weren’t easy; there were fields of large rocks that require careful attention to cross, and closer to the water there large areas of very slippery rock.  I found it wise to take it slow in those areas.

Foreshore at Long Bay
Foreshore at Long Bay

At Pohutukawa Bay I left the coast to venture up for a view from the cliffs at Piripiri Point.  I didn’t find an especially open vantage point, but the grass and trees looked great after all of the recent rain.

View of Long Bay
View of Long Bay

Soon it was time to turn back, and I was still feeling the coast, so I rejoined it at Pohutukawa Bay.  The whole area looks great, but on this day I was up for avoiding the climbs, and enjoying the same coastline in reverse.

There are only a few walking trails at Long Bay Regional Park, but I’ll go back to enjoy the foreshore, if nothing else.

For more info on Long Bay Regional Park, visit the Auckland Council website.

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