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Exploring the Bayswater Coast

I set out from Marine Parade Reserve to explore the Bayswater coast.  I hoped to make it to the First World War Heritage Trail bridge without leaving the foreshore.

Marine Parade Reserve - Bayswater Coast
Marine Parade Reserve

The rock shelf is wet in this area, at low tide, but not muddy.  That changed as I proceeded northeast.

Bayswater Coast
Bayswater foreshore

I stopped often to look back over Shoal Bay and Waitemata Harbor toward the Harbor Bridge and Sky Tower.

Shoal Bay, Bayswater, Sky Tower, Harbor Bridge - Bayswater Coast
Shoal Bay, Bayswater, Sky Tower, Harbor Bridge

The skyline of Takapuna is visible over Shoal Bay in the opposite direction.

 Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay - Bayswater Coast
Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay

I’ve seen a lot of kite boarders out on the sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve, but the group in the picture below was up to something different.

Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay - Bayswater Coast
Skyline of Takapuna over Shoal Bay

This coast has the nicest boat houses I’ve seen along the New Zealand coast.  Some appear to be situated on a kind of extra back yard, but right on the bay.  The buildings probably serve as more than just a place to store boats and related equipment.

Bayswater foreshore - Bayswater coast
Bayswater foreshore

I got the sense that few people walk the foreshore here.  A group of people sitting in their yard asked me where I was going, and there was a “why are you here” vibe.  They weren’t otherwise unfriendly though.

Bayswater foreshore - Bayswater coast
Bayswater foreshore

I headed out toward the sandbar a bit early, and found the going very soft and muddy.

Bayswater foreshore - Bayswater coast
Bayswater foreshore

I walked all the way to the end of the sand bar.

Takapuna from the end of the sandbar - Bayswater coast
Takapuna from the end of the sandbar

The pic below looks back toward the Bayswater coast, and shows the net some people had just finished setting up.  Low tide had passed, and the water would soon be coming back in, eventually flowing like a river.  I think they probably left with a lot of fish.

Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve - Bayswater coast
Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve

I walked back on the sandbar proper, on much former ground.

Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve - Bayswarer coast
Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve

Below is a parting look along the sandbar.

Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve - Bayswater coast
Sandbar at Lansdowne Reserve

Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve it becomes very muddy near the shore.

Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve - Bayswater coast
Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve
Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve - Bayswater coast
Approaching Sandy Bay Reserve

Fortunately there are a couple of sandbars just off of the Bayswater Coast that let me make it to Sandy Bay Reserve.

Sandbars to Sandy Bay Reserve - Bayswater coast
Sandbars to Sandy Bay Reserve
Sandy Bay Reserve
Sandy Bay Reserve

I walked to the end of Sandy Bay Reserve, but found no way forward that wasn’t all deep mud and overgrown mangroves.  I retreated to Sandy Bay Road and took that and Bayswater Avenue to the First World War Heritage Trail next to O’Neill’s Point Cemetery.

O'Neill’s Point Cemetery - Bayswater Coast
O’Neill’s Point Cemetery

The bridge was built to last, and gets a lot of use.

First World War Heritage Trail - Bayswater Coast
First World War Heritage Trail, bridge over the mud and mangroves of Shoal Bay

We’re moving into late fall here in New Zealand, and the sun sets by 6:00.

Sunset over Shoal Bay - Bayswater Coast
Sunset over Shoal Bay

The path from O’Neill’s Point Cemetery is part of the Green Route from Devonport to Takapuna.

Green Route from Devonport to Takapuna
Green Route from Devonport to Takapuna

At Northboro Reserve I called it a day, and caught a bus back to my car at Bayswater Marina.

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Bayswater Breakwater, a unique and scenic short walk

Bayswater Marina is is enclosed on three sides by a 900 meter floating breakwater that is open to the public for walking and enjoying the views and sea breezes at sea level.  It also provides deepwater access and is popular for fishing.

Central Auckland and Sky Tower from Bayswater Marina Breakwater
Central Auckland and Sky Tower from Bayswater Marina Breakwater

Bayswater breakwater is easy to access by parking across from the big old white building at the north end of the marina, just south of Marine Parade Reserve.  It’s a short walk to the ramp to the breakwater itself.

Bayswater Windsports building and Bayswater Parade Reserve
Bayswater Windsports building and Bayswater Parade Reserve

A gate at the top of the ramp is locked at sunset, and whenever marina management considers weather conditions unsafe.

Early views include Shoal Bay and the Harbour Bridge.

Auckland Harbour Bridge from Bayswater Breakwater
Auckland Harbour Bridge from Bayswater Breakwater

The south side looks right across Waitemata Harbor at central Auckland.

Central Auckland from Bayswater Breakwater
Central Auckland from Bayswater Breakwater

The last section was closed on my last visit.  I assume marina management has deemed it unsafe for some reason.

Bayswater Breakwater
Bayswater Breakwater

If you could reach the end of hte breakwater you’d have an even better view over Ngataringa Bay to Stanley Point.

Ngataringa Bay and Stanley Point
Ngataringa Bay and Stanley Point

These larger walled platforms seem to have been built for fishing.

Bayswater Breakwater
Bayswater Breakwater

On the way back you’re looking over Shoal Bay toward Takapuna.

Shoal Bay and Takapuna
Shoal Bay and Takapuna

Everything looked great in the light of the approaching sunset, and I wasn’t done walking.

Bayswater Parade Reserve
Bayswater Parade Reserve

The tide was low, and the coast beckoned.

Bayswater Parade Reserve
Bayswater Parade Reserve

I didn’t have time to go far.  But I did confirm that i wanted to come back and walk this coast another time.

Shoal Bay Coast
Shoal Bay Coast

Bayswater is a favorite north shore location with some great coast access and unique views of Auckland.

Bayswater
Bayswater

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