Judges Bay Path

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The Judges Bay Path starts at the archway entrance to Dove Meyer Robinson Park on Gladstone Road.

The start of this walk weaves its way through a series of rose gardens. Take your time as you walk through to enjoy the species and colours around you.

As you continue along the path, you will also see pōhutukawa trees before reaching the harbour. 

You will exit the park by heading down a set of steep stairs. At the bottom, you will see Judges Bay, which is a tidal inlet that is perfect for a swim on a summer’s day. 

At the other end of the bay, you will find the Parnell Baths, where it is also possible to swim. Here you will also walk by the crushed glass mural with some information on Auckland’s history.

As you walk over the waterfront pedestrian bridge and up another set of stairs, make sure you stop to admire Waitemata Harbour. 

Past St Stephens Church and a historic graveyard, head back downhill and you will find yourself in the Rose Gardens once more.

One last uphill section takes you to the Nancy Steen Garden, which has a fountain. Finally, a bushwalk leads back to the archway.

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Quick Facts about this walk

  • Location: Auckland, North Island, New Zealand
  • Time needed: 45 minute walk
  • Distance: 2.7 km
  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Bikes allowed: No
  • Route: Loop
  • Elevation: Steep sections and stairs
  • Wet Feet: The track can be muddy.
  • Toilets: There are two toilets on this walk, one on Judges Bay Rd and one in Dove Myer Robinson Park.
  • Dogs: Unknown
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes, very good
  • Last Updated: November, 2020

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