It was great to see so many people out walking – some with their dogs off-leash on the beach (check out the Council dog rules), making the most of the day.

People with dog on the beach at Takapuna explorer

Quick facts about this walk

Walk time: approx. 90-120 minutes
Distance: about 8 kms
Start: Takapuna Boat Ramp, The Promenade
Track: Mix of flat and undulating paths.
Difficulty: Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility.
Highlights: Takapuna Beach, Rangitoto, Mangrove, native birds, ducks
Dog Friendly: Yes – Off Leash at the beach
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We followed a route documented by Margaret Scrymgeour from her booklet “Explore the Shore”. This walk takes in the sandy shore as well as the mangrove filled estuaries. The walk is quite undulating, so gave us a good workout. The views of Rangitoto are stunning, and we also enjoyed the view to Auckland City, Mount Eden and the Harbour Bridge.

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