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Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 – Island Bay to Tui Park

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 was meant to be very roughly the walk referred to as Coastal Walk 2 in the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer, but in reverse.  I only made it to Tui Park though, leaving an exciting Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 3 on my list for the future.

Coastal Walk 2 from the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Coastal Walk 2 from the 2015 edition of the Kaipatiki Explorer

In the Kaipatiki Coastal Walk post I mentioned that I had been unable to find a public way from Chelsea Estate Heritage Park into Kauri Point Centennial Park, and so I continued via Chatswood Reserve and Kauri Park before ending my walk.

Beach from Island Bay Wharf - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach from Island Bay Wharf

In doing so I skipped walking the coast from Kauri Point Centennial Park to Island Bay.  The New Zealand Defense Force inhabits some land north of Kauri Point Centennial Park, so it may not be possible to stay on the foreshore the whole way, but I’ll explore this bit of the coast in the future.

View of the beach at Hadfield Street Reserve from Island Bay Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
View of the beach at Hadfield Street Reserve from Island Bay Reserve

I started Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 at Island Bay.  The short distance between Island Bay Reserve and Hadfield Street Reserve was muddy and awkward enough along the shore that I’d suggest walking Island Bay Road to Hadfield Street Reserve instead.  Look for the sign.

Mangroves and mud between Island Bay Reserve and Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Mangroves and mud between Island Bay Reserve and Hadfield Street Reserve

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 was begun over 3 hours before low tide, intending to stick to the foreshore as long as possible.  Starting at Hadfield Street Reserve the going was good for a while, with some mud atop the rock shelf, but not deep.

Foreshore at Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Foreshore at Hadfield Street Reserve

Hadfield Street Reserve has a second beach, nicer than the first.

Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve
Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach at Hadfield Street Reserve

I enjoyed the trees and cliffs on Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 as on all of my favorite coastal walks.

Kaipatiki coast
Kaipatiki coast

Several medium to large bays, like the one below, tempted me to walk straight across, but what looked like a semi-stable surface proved to be deep mud.  It was necessary to walk around, sticking fairly close to the cliffs.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

The harbor gets more narrow as you proceed north on Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2.  I watched just a few people enjoy the beach across the harbor in Hobsonville.

Coast of Hobsonville - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Coast of Hobsonville

A couple of shags (cormorants) were disturbed by my passage along a narrow bit of coastline.  I’d estimate that this was somewhere in the area of Alan Tanner Reserve.

Shags on Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Shags on Kaipatiki coast

I didn’t think I could walk around the back of the bay below due to extensive mangrove growth and boat ramps, so I set off to cross it and ended up sinking into the mud well over my ankles.  I had a closer look at the back of the bay and found that I was able to walk around after all.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

The last bay/inlet before Larking’s Landing, Hilders Park, and Beach Haven ferry terminal, proved impassible.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

I knew of a walkway up to Aeroview Drive, but for some reason thought that I would have to retrace my steps quite a ways to get to it.  Fortunately I met an Englishman who was looking for places to launch his inflatable kayak.  He told me that I was already there, and showed me the start of the walkway, hiding under the limbs of the mangroves.  There’s a small lookout on the way up with a good view of the Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry terminals.

Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry terminals - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Hobsonville and Beach Haven ferry terminals

It’s a long walk on the road to Beach Haven Wharf.  They’re nice enough neighborhoods, but the experience was sufficient reminder of how nice it was to be able to walk as far as I had on the foreshore, rather than the roads.

Larking’s Landing, at the south edge of Hilders Park, looks right back across the bay that had forced me from the shore.

Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Kaipatiki coast

Hilders Park looks across the harbor at the coast of Hobsonville.

Hobsonville coastline from Hilders Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Hobsonville coastline from Hilders Park

And northwest toward the Upper Harbor Motorway Bridge.

Hobsonville Point and the Upper Harbor Motorway Bridge from Hilders Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Hobsonville Point and the Upper Harbor Motorway Bridge from Hilders Park

Hilders Park is a nice little reserve with a nice enough beach, and lots of places for a BBQ.  There I talked with 4 little girls whose mom had brought them to Auckland for a day outdoors, perhaps because the city gets so quiet in late December.

Beach at Hilders Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Beach at Hilders Park

The Englishman had also recommended Tui Park, so I decided to make it part of my Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 route.  From Beach Haven Wharf I walked up Beach Haven Road and made the first left.  Much of Tui Park is playground and open grass.  I took the first track to enter the bush.

Tui Park - Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Tui Park

An impressive old tree stands at the top of a trail leading down to the shore.

Tui Park - kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2
Tui Park

It was a beautiful quiet day at the end of December in Auckland, and the few people out were in an unhurried and friendly mood.  A conversation with another Englishman about the tree above evolved onto other topics as he waited for the tide to come in for another outing on his paddle-board.

Beach at Tui Park
Beach at Tui Park

This part of the Kaipatiki Coast is a great walk at low tide.  I could have gotten my boots much less muddy by making wiser choices on where to walk, but there’s no denying that mud and mangroves are identifying characteristics of Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2.  So are beaches and epic cliffs and trees, and endless harbor views.

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Back to Onepoto Domain for the Bush Loop

We needed a short walk on Christmas day*, as you do, so I decided to return to Onepoto Domain for the Bush Loop.  I took the shorter route through the Domain on the Kaipatiki Coastal Walk from Tuffs Crater Reserve to Tui Park.  This time we entered via the main entrance off of Sylvan Avenue.

Onepoto Domain, entered via Sylvan Avenue
Onepoto Domain, entered via Sylvan Avenue

* I’ve been busy, and I’m currently posting almost 2 months behind.  I’m gonna try to pick up the pace.

From the first carpark off of Sylvan Avenue the first features of Onepoto Domain are the duck ponds.  Kaipatiki Explorer tells me that there are eels in these ponds too.

Onepoto Domain ducks
Onepoto Domain ducks

We enjoyed watching a couple of guys racing remote controlled sailboats.  The largest pond has buoys for this.

Remote control sailboats
Remote control sailboats

There’s a pou whenua near the playgrounds.

Pou whenua, Onepoto Domain
Pou whenua

We walked the Bush Loop clockwise, starting near the playgrounds.

Bush Loop, starting clockwise, Onepoto Domain
Bush Loop, starting clockwise

A boardwalk crosses the wetlands in a crater of some sort.  I’d have to guess volcanic.

Onepoto Domain
Onepoto Domain

Apparently cutting bamboo to the ground is a way to slow its spread.  This is the first felled bamboo forest I had seen, but not the last this summer.

Cut bamboo forest, Onepoto Domain
Cut bamboo forest

There’s some proper bush on the north side of the loop.

Bush Loop, Onepoto Domain
Bush Loop

Pohutukawa were in bloom everywhere around the grassier parts of the park.

Pohutukawa, Onepoto Domain
Pohutukawa
Pohutukawa, Onepoto Domain
Pohutukawa

While we enjoyed the swings on the playground the light got good, and I got my camera out for one more picture.

Evening light, Onepoto Domain
Evening light

Onepoto Domain also has large sports fields, BBQs and picnic tables, and a cycling track.

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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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