Long Bay Regional Park Coastal Walk

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The Long Bay Regional Park Coastal Walk in Auckland is an easy 5.8k walk that will take you around 2 hours and 30 minutes, walking over lush farm land. Very good quality track with wonderful views along the way. You’ll walk right past two lovely beaches where you can get down onto the sand and stop for a rest or lunch maybe. At low tide you can walk coastal track back along the beach to Long Bay. Pretty beach, wonderful views, great lunch spots, lovely easy walk.  Awesome way to spend a lazy Sunday at Long Bay Beach in Auckland.

Quick Facts

        • Location: Auckland, North Shore
        • Distance: 5.80 kms
        • Time needed: 2.5 Hours
        • Difficulty: Medium
        • Wheelchair Access: No
        • Route: Round Trip
        • Elevation: 40m
        • Wet Feet: No
        • Toilets: Yes
        • Dogs: No
        • Mobile Coverage: Yes
        • Last Updated: November, 2019
  • Track Highlights

    Great coastal walk, pretty beaches, wonderful views, great lunch spots, lovely easy walk.  Awesome way to spend a lazy Sunday at the beach!

  • Track Quality

    Very good track, mostly gravel then over farm land. At low tide you can walk back along the beach.  A little rocky, but still easy. In a few places the rocks can be very slippery if still wet.

  • Hazards

    The track follows the cliff face most of the way around the coast. Rocks can be slippery if you walk back on the beach.

  • Transport

    Phone 09 3666400 or 0800 10 30 80

  • Water

    Plenty in the park

  • Driving Instructions

    Take State Highway 1 north. Take the exit 410 at Oteha Valley Rd. Turn right and drive underneath the motorway.  Follow the Oteha Valley Dr for 1.8k to the next set of lights, turn left onto East Coast Bay Road, drive for .9k, and look out for a large water tank as you drive up the hill, turn right into Glenvar Rd. This road runs downhill for 3.6k. At 1.9k, there is a sharp right hand turn.  Don’t get caught out and drive straight past the turn off.  Left into Watea and left in to Beach road. All in a short distance. The park is another 100m on your left. There is plenty of parking. Drive to the end of the road.

  • Shops or Restaurants nearby

    The new Long Bay village development has an array of restaurants/cafes, supermarket and other businesses/shops for refreshments, it’s literally a short walk from the beach. Click here to see a huge list of great Auckland restaurants

  • Area & Track History


  • Best Things To Do near this walk

  • Map location of Long Bay Regional Park Coastal Walk

    Map of walk

Points of interest along the walk

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.

Point 1: Long Bay Walking Track

Vaughan homestead.  5 min.

Walk to the end of the road, through the gate and then onto the homestead. Once across the bridge, there is a nature trail leading off to the left. The 1863 homestead is open to the public, go in and have a look.

Nature trail. 30 min – .8k

Follow the yellow marker posts. This loop track will take you through wet land, native trees and farmland, and take you back to the car park.

Point 2: Start of the Long Bay Regional Park Coastal Track walk

From the end of the carpark the coastal track begins, it’s a very wide gravel track. Be prepared for a bit of an up hill walk, good work out here. Then it’s through lovely green farm land on your way to Grannys Bay beach.

Point 3: Grannys Bay Beach

After a lovely 20 minute walk you’ll see Grannys Bay beach as you come down the hill. Step off the coastal track and relax on the beach for awhile before you continue on your wy.

Point 4: Pohutukawa Bay Beach

Another 15 minute walk from Grannys Bay Beach and you’ll hit the lovely little beach at Pohutukawa Bay on the Coastal Track. Take a minute and sit on the beach or have lunch here if you’ve packed it.

Point 5: End of the track at the Okura River

Another 45 minute walk from Pohutukawa Bay Beach and you’ll arrive at the end of the walk at Okura River. Great spot for a well deserved lunch break.

Back to car park via Beach.  1h 5 min – 3 km

Another story. The tide must be on the way out by at least 1 hour. But you will know if you are too early, just sit and wait.  If the tide is out, or on the way in, don’t squander time. Get a move on. It is a continuous cliff face till you reach Pohutakawa Bay, and then to Grannys Bay, to far to swim if you get caught out.  Watch your step; the rocks can be very slippery when they are still wet. In some places the rocks will have a thin coating of mega slippery mud over them.

Point 6: Back at the carpark and Long Bay beach

Back at the park, the two places for food, the kiosk and the restaurant and café are both closed now. In conclusion this is a great walk, quite a bit of up hill and down, good work out. Excellent little beaches along the way with wonderful views and farm land along the way.

Point 7: Great tours in Auckland near Long Bay Beach

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