This walkway can be completed as return walk or using the track one way and the coast the other depending on the tides

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 the 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.

The signs are a bit confusing, this is the Okura River Walk as well.

Quick Facts about this walk

  • 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, unless you walk the beach with an incoming tide, watch out!
  • Toilets: Yes, in the reserve
  • Dogs: No
  • Mobile Coverage: Yes

Summary points about this walk

Points of interest along the walk​

Long Bay Short Walks

Walk to Vaughan homestead:  5 mins

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 mins – .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.

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.

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 way.

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.

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. Check the Long Bay tides here.

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.

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.

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