I knew that my expedition to walk the coast from Devonport to Bayswater would be my last walk in Auckland for a long while. The weather was forecast to clear, and before I left I had a look from the deck over the Waitemata Harbor. Heavy fog over the harbor produced the brightest rainbow I’ve seen in New Zealand, and possibly the first full double rainbow. It was a bright start to a somewhat melancholy occasion.
The coastal walks are some of my favorite walks in Auckland. I intended at various points to further explore the coasts of Ngataringa and Shoal Bays, but close looks at Google maps, and previous experience, indicated that it was all mud and mangroves and little access to the coast.
A closer look revealed that there are some paths along the coast of Ngataringa Bay that I hadn’t noticed before, so I went to have a look. I borrowed the map of the Devonport to Takapuna Green Route and added my own path in red (see below).
I parked at the end of Victoria Road. The entrance to Dacre Park was plain to see. The day had cleared up beautifully.
There’s a good track along the edge of the park.
Soon enough a nice view opened up over dense mangroves at the edges of Ngataringa Bay.
Ngataringa Park has a large open grassy space.
Near Lake Road there’s a wooded area with spiraling paths and a definite druid vibe.
Leaving Ngataringa Park you have to walk a short distance along Lake Road.
The mangroves and mud come right up to Lake Road for this stretch. Right on the other side is a path into the bush along the bay. A short distance in is Mary Barrett Glade.
Mary Barrett Glade
This path follows the coast along the edge of Polly’s Park. You don’t actually see the park from the bush.
I had a good look at the possibility of continuing along the coast, and saw no possibility. The path leaves the coast and emerges from the bush along the west end of Polly’s Park. Looking southeast you can see over Polly’s Park, Ngataringa Park, Mount Victoria, and in the distance North Head.
I was able to ask someone passing by about the possibility of following the coast around Duder Point. She offered no hope, so I continued along Wesley Road.
I went and had a look at Hill Park, and found a path back along the coast toward Duder point. I stopped when it seemed too obvious that I would be walking into someone’s back yard.
I retreated to Merwood Lane and took the bridge to Plymouth Reserve.
There’s a nice view from the bridge.
Plymounth Reserve is a strip of grass separated from the Plymouth Crescent houses by a narrow band of trees.
Here again I found no way to continue along the coast. The path ends at Plymouth Crescent, which leads to Bayswater Park. On the other side of the park is O’Neill’s Point Cemetery.
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