Auckland Waterfront Walk to St Heliers Bay via Mission Bay

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This is an effortless 2-hour walk from Auckland ferry buildings in downtown Auckland to St Heliers Bay along Auckland’s pretty waterfront.

There is so much to see on this walk from the container wharf to plenty of lovely beaches including Mission BayOkahu Bay and Kohimarama beaches. Plan your trip, so you reach Mission Bay at lunchtime, there is a fantastic selection of cafes and restaurants there. Walk on further to St Heliers to the cute little shopping centre. The Hospice shop here is one of the best in Auckland with lots of cheap designer clothes!

How To Bike To Mission Bay

Even though this walk is straightforward, you might prefer to ride a bike instead of walking.  Imagine sitting on a blanket in Mission Bay while you enjoy your picnic lunch while taking in the scenic views.  Sounds like you?  Then take advantage of this all-inclusive bike hire package.

Have Fun In Mission Bay

After you have marvelled at the beautiful beaches on your walk to Mission Bay, once you are there, you can marvel at the scenery from the water.  Kayaking is the perfect way to explore Mission Bay from the water.  Maybe bring a towel tho … just in case.

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Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: St Heliers Bay, Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  • Distance: 9.70 km
  • Time needed: 2 Hours
  • Difficulty: Very Easy
  • Wheelchair Access: No
  • Route: One Way
  • Elevation: 0m
  • Wet Feet: No
  • Toilets: Yes
  • Dogs: Leash only
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes
  • Last Updated: November 2020

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Points of interest along the walk​

Point 1: Start of the Auckland Waterfront Walk to St Heliers Bay via Mission Bay

On one of Auckland’s sunny days, we decided to walk from downtown Auckland ferry wharf to St Heliers Bay via Mission Bay for a light lunch then catch the bus back into town. Our little walk took us half a day, we stopped to look at things of interest along the way, and we sat down on every beach we came too.  From the bottom of Queen Street in downtown Auckland, walk along Quay Street with the harbour on your left shoulder, there is not a lot to see till you walk past the main container shipping wharf which will take you 15 minutes. Keep to the left-hand side of the road.  The walkway is divided into a walking and cycle lane.  Stay in your designated left lane to keep out of the path of cyclists.

Point 2: Hobson Point on the Auckland Waterfront Walk to Mission Bay

Halfway across the first bridge at Hobson Bay, I looked over the side expecting to see fish swimming by, but all I saw was a small penguin also looking for fish.  And at the end of the bridge, there was a shag drying out his wings after a quick dive into the water; he also was looking for fish, but alas we all missed out.

Point 3: Okahu Bay on the Auckland Waterfront Walk to St Heliers via Mission Bay

Okahu Bay – time for a pit stop. The toilets are in the middle of the bay, right next to the footpath. The tide goes out at least 100 metres in this bay, so it doesn’t look so pretty when its all the way out. To walk out, so the water is up to your waist you will need to walk another 100 metres further. The bay is made up of sand with a little mud and shells for good measure.  You’ll get a great view looking back to Auckland city from Okahu Bay; you can even see the Sky Tower. A good spot for that night photo.

A little further along the walk and you’ll pass Kelly Tarlton’s underwater Aquarium, if you haven’t been in for a look, this is a great opportunity to do so. Book one of these great tours below to Kelly Tarlton’s.

Point 4: Mission Bay: Auckland Waterfront Walk to St Heliers Bay

From the Orakei wharf, you walk past Briddicks Bay then around Bastion Point and along to Mission Bay. About 1.3 km.  In Mission Bay, there are several restaurants for your dining pleasure. They range from fine sliver service to fish and chips wrapped up in a white paper. There is a wonderful fountain in Selwyn Domain in the middle of Mission Bay, simply fantastic on a hot summers day.

Point 5: St Heliers Bay and Beach at the End of this Walk

Only another 2.4 km from Mission Bay to St Heliers Bay; follow the walkway along the bays to Kohimarama Beach, around Gower Point and into St Heliers Bay.  There is a small but unique shopping centre here—worth the walk around.  The bus leaves from across St Heliers Bay Beach to take you back into town regularly. Or take a city sightseeing bus tour, it goes all the way along the waterfront too, with a guide to explain the history and points of interest.




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We’ve partnered with Macpac outdoor walking & hiking gear to bring you the very best products designed exclusively for our New Zealand climate. They’ll ship for FREE within NZ on orders over $100 (if under $100 it’s only $5). Worldwide international shipping is available except to the USA. Bulky orders will be $20.

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