Auckland

Auckland

Okura - Long Bay Route - OPEN

Northern Start
Jetty/ramp & Boating Club on Duck Creek Rd, Stillwater
Southern End
Long Bay Regional Park, North Shore
Distance
8 kms
Time
3 hours
Tramping Standard
Tramping track
Description
(North to South)

Low tide estuary crossing - check the best times for walking on - www.niwa.co.nz/our-services/online-services/tides

Caution: you need to make your own water safety assessment - based on the amount of recent rain, tides, currents, waves and your own confidence in the water.
NO dogs at Long Bay Regional Park
Dog restrictions apply on the beaches

Low tide route:
From the jetty or ramp near the Stillwater Boating Club (Tel: 09 428-2185), walk to the eastern end of Duck Creek Rd to the start of DOC’s Okura Bush Walkway. Follow this track around the coast, past the historic Dacre Cottage to Dacre Point. At low tide, it is possible to leave the track and walk out right out on the spit. It is possible to wade across the Okura Estuary at low tide (roughly hip-deep at the 4th white marker in from the river mouth) across to the SW end of the cliffs.  Once across the estuary, dry off & veer around the SW end of the cliffs and up into the Long Bay Regional Reserve. Pick up the coastal track that heads SE to the Long Bay. (Note: This track does pass Pohutukawa Bay - a male nudist beach).

At higher tides or if you don't want to get wet, you’d be advised to continue on the Okura Bush Track until you reach a spit with a shallower crossing to the ramp at the end of Okura River Rd. Follow this road to the East Coast Road, turn south then NE onto Glenvar Rd. Follow this road all the way down to Long Bay Regional Park.

Potential Hazards
  • Poisons & traps
  • Tides, waves & rivers - safer at low tide
  • River crossings - Never cross flooded rivers
Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

General Information
For more information on Long Bay Regional Park, see www.arc.govt.nz or contact Auckland Council on P: 09 301 0101. Duty Ranger 24/7.

Local transport
For bus transport to/from Long Bay Regional Park, see www.maxx.co.nz.

Supply
Snack kiosk is open only in Summer.

Requirements
  • Keep to the track
  • Respect private land
  • No litter
  • No dogs at Long Bay Regional Park. Dog restrictions on beaches.
  • No taking plants
  • No camping
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
Amenities
(Start)
  • Roadside parking only
  • Toilets
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Toilets - long drop at Dacre Cottage
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop - Kiosk in summer; restaurant operating all year.
  • Duty Ranger 24/7 & Information Board on Park access road.
Closest Town(s)
Whangaparaoa or Torbay
Managed by
DOC, Auckland Council