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Kauri Point Centennial Park

I returned to Kauri Point Centennial Park to walk the tracks that I hadn’t before, and to see how they connect with Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.

I parked in the small carpark off of Onetaunga Road.  I went just a bit out of my way to have a quick look at Kendall Bay.  On my first visit to Kauri Point Centennial I walked down and had a look around the beach at Kendall Bay.  Search “Kauri Point Centennial” for my previous post on the park.  To see the full “Kauri Point Domain & Kauri Point Centennial Park” gallery from 2015 on imgur, click here.

Kendall Bay - Kauri Point Centennial Park
Kendall Bay

There are two benches at two different spots with nice views over Kendall Bay.  When I got up to continue my walk I was struck by the beauty of the setting.

Bench overlooking Kendall Bay - Kauri Point Centennial Park
Bench overlooking Kendall Bay

The bush here is beautiful.

Kauri Point Centennial Park
Kauri Point Centennial Park

The track follows the top of the cliffs for a short distance.  There’s a bench with a great view of the harbor, Chelsea Sugar’s wharf, Birkenhead Wharf, the Harbor Bridge, central Auckland, and the Sky Tower.

Waitemate Harbor and central Auckland - Kauri Point Centennial
Waitemate Harbor and central Auckland

The track emerges onto a narrow road behind a sign for Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.

Chelsea Heritage Park track to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Chelsea Heritage Park track to Kauri Point Centennial Park

The road is lined with bamboo on one side the whole way.  A friend came here with me a couple times to collect bamboo shoots, and made them into excellent Thai food.  Not far away in Chelsea Heritage Park are macadamia trees.  I collected some small ones, but I haven’t yet found a way to crack them.  I really want to expand my knowledge and abilities for acquiring the free food that is available in New Zealand.

Private road through Chelsea Heritage Park
Private road through Chelsea Heritage Park

The private road emerges onto Colonial Road.  When I did the Kaipatiki Coastal Walk I thought this was where the map was showing me to go, but I guess I took that “PRIVATE PROPERTY NO ENTRY” sign too seriously.  Looking at the picture below, later, I noticed the small sign for Kauri Point Centennial Park.

The way from Chelsea Heritage Park to Kauri Point Centennial Park
The way from Chelsea Heritage Park to Kauri Point Centennial Park

Having solved that mystery, I turned around and headed back.

Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park
Back to Kauri Point Centennial Park

When I reached the clifftops again the light was getting good.

Auckland in evening light
Auckland in evening light

The colors changed as I watched.

Auckland in evening light
Auckland in evening light

I made it back to my car before it got too dark.

Kauri Point Centennial is another great small Kaipatiki park.

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Kaipatiki Coastal Walk

What I’m calling Kaipatiki Coastal Walk was called Coastal Walk 1 in the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer.  The two coastal walks take in almost the entire coastline  of the Kaipatiki region of Auckland (Glenfield south to the Waitamata Harbor, with the Northern Motorway as its eastern border to the Waitamata Harbor as its western border).  Sadly the coastal walks don’t seem to be included in the latest version of the guide.

Coastal Walk 1 from the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer
Coastal Walk 1 from the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer

The walks do their best to link together the various parks and reserves, keeping street walking to a minimum.  I was able to stick pretty close to the route shown in the guide, starting at Tuff Crater Reserve.

Overlooking Tuff Crater Reserve
Overlooking Tuff Crater Reserve

I entered Tuff Crater Reserve behind the Warehouse Group corporate office off of Akoranga Drive.  On the north side of the crater you can see Highway 1 and the CBD and Sky Tower.

Tuff Crater Reserve
Tuff Crater Reserve

The path leads around a sort of wetlands in the crater.  It’s green and quiet with lots of birds.

Tuff Crater Reserve
Tuff Crater Reserve

I started a couple hours before low tide.  I considered using the pedestrian bridge over Highway 1 at Heath Reserve to see if I could walk the foreshore.  It’s good that I didn’t because I wouldn’t have gotten past the mouth of Onepoto Stream a short distance to the south.

Heath Reserve
Heath Reserve

A path that felt a bit like someone’s back yard and driveway led me to Heath Avenue.  At the end of Heath Avenue and across Sylvan Avenue is a walkway between houses to Onepoto Domain.

Onepoto Domain
Onepoto Domain

I skipped a bush loop and chose the shortest way through the domain.  There are some sports fields and a nice pond.

Onepoto Domain
Onepoto Domain

I really enjoyed the pohutukawa blooming in December.  This tree on the edge of Onepoto Domain is probably the brightest I saw this season.

Pohutukawa at the edge of Onepoto Domain
Pohutukawa at the edge of Onepoto Domain

The Onepoto Cycleway bridge is visible from Onewa Road, but seems to have been designed to be viewed from the other side.

Onepoto Cycleway Bridge
Onepoto Cycleway bridge

The Onepoto Cycleway is also for pedestrians.  It meets and follows Onewa Road. There is no light or crossing at Bruce Street, so it’s probably best to walk to Queen Street instead – Onewa Road is 4 lanes and busy (click here to see the walk on Google Maps).

After crossing Onewa Road it’s quiet neighborhood streets to the Highway 1 underpass.  The route shown on the Google Maps link above actually ends at the front of the police station; I continued on the sidewalk to the south end of the station to reach the underpass shown below.

Walkway under Highway 1
Walkway under Highway 1

I emerged right on the coast of Shoal Bay, right beside Highway 1, with views of Takapuna, Rangitoto, Bayswater, Devonport and the Sky Tower.

Shoal Bay
Shoal Bay
Auckland CBD over Shoal Bay
Auckland CBD over Shoal Bay
Bayswater Marina, Mount Victoria, Stanley Point from Shoal Bay
Bayswater Marina, Mount Victoria, Stanley Point over Shoal Bay
Shoal Bay
Shoal Bay

Sulphur Beach is a great place to park and look at the city.

Sulphur Beach
Sulphur Beach

The bridge is right next to Sulphur Beach; the only road to Sulphur Beach goes under it.

Sulphur Beach and Harbor Bridge
Sulphur Beach and Harbor Bridge

I had never seen the beach below at low tide, so I took this opportunity to walk under the bridge to Gold Hole Reserve.

Auckland Harbor Bridge
Auckland Harbor Bridge

The boat yard at Gold Hole Reserve is off limits.

Gold Hole Reserve
Gold Hole Reserve

So I walked under the bridge again, and up the hill to Stokes Point Reserve.

Auckland Harbour Bridge
Auckland Harbour Bridge
Stokes Point Reserve
Stokes Point Reserve

I love the lookout beneath the bridge.

Stokes Point Reserve
Stokes Point Reserve

I had a late lunch here while enjoying the views.

Beneath the Harbour Bridge
Beneath the Harbour Bridge
Beneath the Harbour Bridge
Beneath the Harbour Bridge

After leaving the point I followed Queen Street to Halls Beach Reserve, which provides attractive access to the foreshore.

Halls Beach Reserve
Halls Beach Reserve
Halls Beach Reserve
Halls Beach Reserve
Little Shoal Bay and Harbour Bridge
Little Shoal Bay and Harbour Bridge

From Halls Beach Reserve it’s a short walk on the foreshore to Little Shoal Bay Reserve.

Little Shoal Bay Reserve
Little Shoal Bay Reserve

I was hoping to stay on the foreshore, but the tide was coming in, and I didn’t feel like taking my boots off to wade across the tidal streams.

Little Shoal Bay Reserve
Little Shoal Bay Reserve

I walked Maritime Terrace and Hinemoa Street to Birkenhead Warf.  This is another favorite place to park at night and enjoy a beautiful view.

View from Birkenhead Warf
View from Birkenhead Warf

I walked up the hill through Hinemoa Park, along Palmerston Road to Rugby Road, and then to the end of Telephone Road to catch a path back to the foreshore.

A short alternate path leads through a small bamboo forest.

Small bamboo forest
Small bamboo forest
Small bamboo forest
Small bamboo forest

This path meets the foreshore Chelsea Bay Beach Area.  There are a couple of houses here with nice big back yards with no boundaries between yards and beach.  I’m always interested in how people deal with the requirement to allow public access to the foreshore.

House at Chelsea Bay Beach Area
House at Chelsea Bay Beach Area

Chelsea Bay Beach Area is very near Chelsea Sugar.

Chelsea Bay Beach, Chelsea Sugar in the distance
Chelsea Bay Beach, Chelsea Sugar in the distance

Chelsea Estate Heritage Park has some nice bridges and walkways, but it could really use at least one more sidewalk along Colonial Road.

Chelsea Estate Heritage Park
Chelsea Estate Heritage Park

I’ve been trying to get a good picture of an eastern rosella for a while.  I saw one soon after crossing the bridge above, and another soon after that.  Then as I walked along Colonial Road I saw six of these colorful birds.  I think they were eating the small white flowers in the grass.

Eastern rosella
Eastern rosella

Eastern rosella were introduced from Australia in the early 1900s.  They’re now common on the North Island, but they had mostly eluded me until this walk.

Eastern rosella
Eastern rosella

In addition to military sites, biosecurity/Places of First Arrival trump the Marine and Coastal Area (Takutai Moana) Act 2011 which guarantees access to the foreshore.  I guess Chelsea Sugar is so big it needs supplies from overseas to pass customs on-site.

Entrance to Chelsea Port Facility
Entrance to Chelsea Port Facility

I heeded signs indicating private property, and wasn’t able to find a way back to the coast or into Kauri Point Centennial Park.  Instead I crossed the bridge on Colonial Road and took the trail to Chatswood Reserve.

Boarwalk in or near Chatswood Reserve
Boarwalk in or near Chatswood Reserve

Chatswood Reserve is a well-signposted park.  Unfortunately I needed to leave it almost immediately, via Homewood Place, in order to follow the best roads to Kauri Park.  I entered Kauri Park via Kauri Road.  At the entrance I met a very swole kererū.

Kererū
Kererū

I paused to enjoy the big kauri, and shoot a vertical panorama, before exiting onto Rangatira Road and walking home.

Kauri tree in Kauri Park
Kauri tree in Kauri Park

This is a great walk.  If I had been able to stay on the foreshore for more of this walk I would have avoided some long stretches on the roads.  One great spot I would have missed is Stokes Point Reserve.

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Chelsea Estate Heritage Park

I didn’t feel like traveling far, and the tides weren’t right to explore more of the coast, so I decided to visit Chelsea Estate Heritage Park.

Chelsea Estate Heritage Park
Chelsea Estate Heritage Park

The sign shown above provides a map, shown below.  This is a pretty good indication of what Chelsea Estate Heritage Park has to offer.

Chelsea Estate Heritage Park map
Chelsea Estate Heritage Park map

This is a small park, and much of it serves to provide walking access between neighborhoods.  It does offer nice views of the harbor, and the Harbor Bridge, and there is a bit of bush to walk in as well.  And of course there is the Chelsea Sugar Factory.

Chelsea Sugar Factory
Chelsea Sugar Factory

I think I was told some time ago that very large eels live in the ponds near the sugar factory.  I didn’t see any, but I didn’t take the time to look closely.

Pond
Pond

I was about to walk on of the bushier trails in the park when I got a text.  A couple of hard-working friends from Thailand had decided to go for a walk on this beautiful day, but had found only concrete jungle, and were requesting help.  For one of them, it would be the first time visiting a beach in New Zealand, so I took them to Cheltenham Beach, and we climbed up onto Northhead.  Later we took in the view on Mount Victoria.

Rangitoto from Northhead
Rangitoto from Northhead

It was a good day for a change of plans.

Cheltenham Beach from Northhead
Cheltenham Beach from Northhead
Mount Victoria from Northhead
Mount Victoria from Northhead
Bunker on Northhead
Bunker on Northhead