This is an very easy 2 hour walk from Auckland ferry buildings in downtown Auckland to St Heliers Bay along Auckland pretty waterfront. There is so much to see on this walk from the container wharf to plently of lovely beaches including Mission Bay, Okahu Bay & Kohimarama beaches. Plan your trip so you reach Mission Bay at lunch time, 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!
In the map above, if you zoom in on the walk, you’ll see all the following track points and their location. Each point has photos along with a description about each one.
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 this and that and we sat down on every beach we came too. From the bottom of Queen St in downtown Auckland, walk along Quay St 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 mins. Keep to the left hand side of the road. The walk way is divided into a walking and cycle lane. Stay in your designated left lane, if you don’t, you will soon learn not to stray.
Halfway across the first bridge at Hobson Bay I looked over the side as you always do, 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 in to the water, he also was looking for fish, but alas we all missed out.
Okahu Bay – time for a pit stop. The toilets are in the middle of the bay, right next to the foot path. The tide goes out at least (100m) in this bay so 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 (100m) 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.
From the Orakei wharf you walk past Briddicks Bay then around Bastion Point and along to Mission Bay. About 1.3ks. In Mission Bay there are a number of restaurants for your dinning pleasure. They range from fine sliver service to fish and chips wrapped up in white paper. There is a wonderful fountain in Selwyn Domain in the middle of Mission Bay, simply fantastic on a hot summers day.
Only another 2.4ks from Mission Bay to St Heliers Bay; just follow the walk way 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 in to town on a regular basis. 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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