This loop walk just a short drive or bus ride north of Auckland is perfect for anyone looking to escape the busy city for the day. It is also very popular for cyclist and residents from surrounding suburbs.
The walk itself isn’t particularly long, but combine it with a swim in the river or at the nearby Ōrewa beach and you’ve got a full day ahead of you!
The walk is almost entirely along the water’s edge. It winds its way through parks, bush trails and even some residential areas. There are some stunning houses to admire, along with gardens, mangroves and farmland. For nature lovers, you will see kauri trees, pohutukawa trees, cabbage trees and flax, as well as plenty of wetland birdlife.
The recommended route is anti-clockwise, starting at the Western Reserve. You’ll find the Estuary Arts Centre here, which is a great way to start or end the walk.
The area was a significant food gathering place for Māori. As a tribute to this history, you will find Māori carvings in benches along the path. These also make wonderful picnic spots with the other ones along the way.
This walk is best done at high tide.