Hobsonville Point Path

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Despite the never ending construction work, the walk has gained in popularity quickly and throughout the years due to the variety it offers. It has something for everybody, whether that’s the coast, bush, art, architecture, history, parks for kids and families or interesting food.

The old Air Force community is now an urban environment that’s worth the drive or the ferry ride!

The ferry from Auckland CBD embarks at ‘The Landing,’ named as such because it was the launching and landing place for flying boats, including Catalina planes for which Catalina Bay was named. 

You’ll also find the farmers market at Catalina Bay on the weekends. A mixture of artisan foods and live music, it is a perfect place to spend the afternoon on the water.

Making your way along the circuit (anti-clockwise), you will walk through native bush and see the skeleton of the old Sunderland hangar. Further on, you will come across Hobsonville Pt Park, which is a unique children’s playground: it is made from sustainable sourced materials. 

Artists have been commissioned for all sorts of work along the walk, including sculpture inspired by traditional Māori hīnaki (eel traps).

Quick Facts

        • Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
        • Time needed: 1.5 hour walk
        • Distance: 5.5 km
        • Difficulty: Easy
        • Bikes allowed: Yes
        • Route: Loop
        • Elevation: Mostly flat
        • Wet Feet: There are muddy and slippery sections in wet weather.
        • Toilets: There are toilets along the walk.
        • Dogs: Yes, on leash only with an off-leash area at Onekiritea Park.
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
        • Last Updated: November, 2020
  • Track Highlights

    This track offers stunning waterfront views and a little taste of the Air Force history. There is also a farmers market on the weekends.

  • Track Quality

    The track is mostly a sealed road with some gravel sections and off-road paths.

  • Hazards


  • Transport

    From Central Auckland, take the NX1 bus north to Constellation Station. Then change to bus 120 in the direction of Henderson. Get off at Squadron Dr and walk the rest of the way to Hastings St via Buckley Ave.

  • Water

    Drinking water is available along the walk.

  • Driving Instructions

    Head north of Central Auckland on SH1 for 10 km. Turn left onto Upper Harbour Highway (SH18). Stay on SH18 for 8 km. Take exit 8 and follow signs to Hobsonville. Turn left onto Buckley Ave and then right onto Hastings St.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    There are a small number of shops and restaurants near the walk, though not on the track itself.

  • Area & Track History

    Hobsonville Point is an old Air Force community. There are historic buildings along the walk, including the Landing and Bomb Point, as well as hangars and barracks. Today the old munitions stores at Bomb Point feature pieces from local artists.

  • Camping & huts on or near the walk

    No camping on this walk

Map of Hobsonville Point Path

Here is the map for Hobsonville Point 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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