Long Bay

In which Miles revisits Long Bay Regional Park for further exploration.

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Long Bay is conveniently located, so I’ve made several trips back at times when time was short, but I wanted to get outdoors.

On my first trip back I decided to walk to the south end of the beach, then continued south along the coast.  It is similar to the coast to the north of Long Bay, with impressive tide pools and rock shelf, cliffs and trees.

South end of Long Bay Beach
South end of Long Bay Beach

I paid a 3rd visit to Long Bay Park at high tide, and that seemed like a great time to walk the Coastal Track, which follows the coast along the tops of the cliffs, dipping down to sea level at Grannys Bay Beach and Pohutakawa Bay Beach.  I followed this track to its end at Okura River.  Further up this river is Okura Bush Scenic Reserve, a place that I still plan to revisit when I have the time to complete the Okura Bush Walkway.

Coastal Track
Coastal Track

On my 4th visit I headed north on the Coastal Track, with no plan in mind, just knowing that most of the tracks start at the north end of the park.  The Nature Trail branches off from the Coastal Track, so I followed that.  This is a short track with some very scenic bush, ending near the Vaughan Homestead.  The beach was visible from there, so I responded to its siren call and enjoyed walking the shore at low tide.

Long Bay Coast
Long Bay Coast

My memory of previous visits was correct, and at Grannys Bay I was able to hook up with the north end of the 100 Acre Track, making it convenient to explore more new ground on my return to the car park.  The track climbs away from the coast through young regenerating forest, and offers more nice views of the bay.

I’ve covered most of Long Bay Regional Park now, but since it is so convenient I wouldn’t rule out returning again in the future.

Check out the Auckland Council page, and also the map of the park.

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