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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hadfield Street Reserve has a second beach, nicer than the first.
I enjoyed the trees and cliffs on Kaipatiki Coastal Walk 2 as on all of my favorite coastal walks.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The last bay/inlet before Larking’s Landing, Hilders Park, and Beach Haven ferry terminal, proved impassible.
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.
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.
Hilders Park looks across the harbor at the coast of Hobsonville.
And northwest toward the Upper Harbor Motorway Bridge.
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.
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.
An impressive old tree stands at the top of a trail leading down to the shore.
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.
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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