Herald Island is a little known 100-acre island tucked in the Whenuapai Harbour, behind Hobsonville and Whenuapai. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway surrounded by mangroves.
Though it is a small island (with only 275 households), the island has a lot to offer. It has 6 reserves and even a museum and library in the middle of the island.
This walk takes you along the edges of the island, with endless views of the Waitemata Harbour the whole way.
There are two playgrounds along this walk, as well as ample choice of picnic locations—and remember to pack a picnic since the only dairy on the island closed recently!
About halfway around, you will reach Pahiki Reserve, which is the tip of the island. There is a wharf here that can be access by a short staircase. Take a moment to look at the boats or settle in for some fishing.
Take your shoes off and walk along Christmas Beach. If you find yourself there at high tide, it is a beautiful spot for a swim.
The beach then reconnects with the footpath and continues along back to the start of the walk.