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The Judges Bay Path starts at the archway entrance to Dove Meyer Robinson Park on Gladstone Road. 

The start of this walk weaves its way through a series of rose gardens. Take your time as you walk through to enjoy the species and colours around you.

As you continue along the path, you will also see pōhutukawa trees before reaching the harbour. 

You will exit the park by heading down a set of steep stairs. At the bottom, you will see Judges Bay, which is a tidal inlet that is perfect for a swim on a summer’s day. 

At the other end of the bay, you will find the Parnell Baths, where it is also possible to swim. Here you will also walk by the crushed glass mural with some information on Auckland’s history.

As you walk over the waterfront pedestrian bridge and up another set of stairs, make sure you stop to admire Waitemata Harbour. 

Past St Stephens Church and a historic graveyard, head back downhill and you will find yourself in the Rose Gardens once more.

One last uphill section takes you to the Nancy Steen Garden, which has a fountain. Finally, a bushwalk leads back to the archway.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 45 minute walk
        • Distance: 2.7 km
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Bikes allowed: No
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Steep sections and stairs
        • Wet Feet: The track can be muddy.
        • Toilets: There are two toilets on this walk, one on Judges Bay Rd and one in Dove Myer Robinson Park.
        • Dogs: Unknown
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: November, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track takes you through an impressive rose garden. You will also enjoy views of the Waitematā Harbour. You can go swimming in Judges Bay and the Parnell Baths (pools).

  • Track Quality

    This track is made up of pathways and a short bushwalk.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    Take the 755 bus from the CBD all the way (about 8 minutes) to the Gladstone Rd outside Rose Gardens stop.

  • Water

    There is a drinking fountain at the Judges Bay Rd intersection.

  • Driving Instructions

    From the CBD, head towards Quay St, then turn right. Follow Quay St for about 1 km, then turn right onto SH16. After 100 meters, turn left onto Gladstone Rd, where you will see a car park.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are a few shops and restaurants near the path, but there are plenty more a short walk away, on Parnell Rd.

  • Area & Track History

    The majority of this walk is through Dove-Myer Robinson Park, also known as Parnell Rose Garden. The park hosts the Parnell Festival of Roses every November, which includes craft stalls, arty exhibitions, music and of course, roses. Dove-Myer Robinson was the longest-serving mayor of Auckland: 18 years.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Judges Bay Path

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