Another great walk on Waiheke along the coastline

Wow, Waiheke walks are truly amazing and the Matiatia Owhanake track did not disappoint.

We couldn’t have asked for better weather, the perfect NZ summer’s day at 28 degrees, good job we decided to start early, it was already hot at 9 am.

The walk conveniently starts from the ferry. It was low tide so we could take the shortcut around the first beach following along the coastline. Uphill and down the walking was quite challenging in parts, you don’t need to be an “experienced walker” as the signs read, just a fitter one! There are a lot of uphill steps to climb.

So many beautiful views along the way, that I must have taken 100 photos or more. I think I enjoyed the little Island Bay the best, the water was so clear and inviting. Totally disregard the sign that still says this part of the track is closed, it most definitely was not and well worth continuing on with the walk.

Follow my map below to see where we walked in the loop. Just before heading back down to the end of the walk, there is a sign saying there is a viewpoint 5 minutes up the road, well don’t bother, there isn’t much view and you need to somehow jump on top of the WWII bunker to see anything.

This walk will give you a really good workout!

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Quick facts about this walk

Location: Waiheke Island, Hauraki Gulf, Auckland Region, North Island
Distance: 7.7 km
Time: 2.5 hours in a loop
Difficulty: Medium with lots of steps up and down
Elevation: 346m
Difficulty: 3 - steep and stairs requires reasonable fitness and stability
Track Quality: The track is well kept, skinny in parts with quite a lot of steps
Transport: You'll need to catch the ferry from downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island
Mountain bikes? no
Wheelchair access? no
Wet Feet: Note: this track is not accessible at Matiatia 1.5 hours each side of high tide.
Toilets: There are toilets at the ferry building
Dogs: Ok to have a dog on a leash
Mobile coverage: Very good

Map location and track

My 3d video of the walk

See my photos of the Matiatia Owhanake Coastal Loop Walk

See more of my Waiheke Island Walks