Herald Island Path

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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.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 40 minute walk
        • Distance: 2.7 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Mostly flat
        • Wet Feet: The grassy areas are muddy after rain, but there are alternative footpaths if necessary.
        • Toilets: There are 3 public toilets along the walk.
        • Dogs: Unknown
        • Mobile Coverage: Unknown
        • Last Updated: November, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    The entirety of this walk offers views of Waitemata Harbour. The walk also takes you through several reserves and along the beach.

  • Track Quality

    This track is mostly footpaths with some grassland and beach.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    There are several bus options to Herald Island, all of which require 2 or more buses. One option is the following: Take the 110 bus towards Westgate. Get off at Westgate and take the 114 bus towards Hobsonville. Get off the bus at the Ferry Parade/Holgate Ave stop to start your walk.

  • Water

    Drinking water is available along the walk.

  • Driving Instructions

    Take SH16 west from Central Auckland for 15 km. Take exit 19A-B onto SH18 East for 3 km. Take exit 9 towards Whenuapai/Hobsonville, followed by the first exit at the roundabout onto Brigham Creek Rd. After 270 m, turn right onto Kauri Rd. Continue for 2.2 km, then turn right onto Kingsway Rd which leads onto the island.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are no shops and restaurants on the island.

  • Area & Track History

    The island’s Maori name is Pahiki.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Herald Island Path

Here is the map for Herald Island Path showing it’s location in New Zealand. You can change the view on the map to satellite if you prefer to see an image of where the walk is instead.

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