Auckland

Auckland

Onehunga to Puhinui - OPEN

Northern Start
Onehunga Bay Reserve, Beachcroft Ave
Southern End
Puhinui Reserve, Price Rd
Distance
25km
Time
6-7hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track Take care crossing roads, especially around airport
  • Farming operations
  • Open drains
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)

From the end of the Coast to Coast at Onehunga Bay Reserve head southeast through the Reserve to cross the four-lane Hugh Watt Drive on a foot bridge to Orpheus Drive. Follow Orpheus Drive east along the Manukau foreshore until opposite the Airport Harbour View Motel where it heads onto the old Mangere Bridge. The piles of the old bridge were founded on a lava crust from nearby Mangere Mountain, and over the years the bridge footings broke through that crust and sank slightly. As a result it's bike and foot traffic only here, and it's a favourite local fishing spot.  

Once you've crossed the Manukau Harbour on the bridge, head west along Kiwi Esplanade, following the coastal margin for 3km to Ambury Regional Park. Follow the marked track around the edge of the paddocks near the shore.
You'll see the Ambury Regional Park headquarters, including a ranger’s house, and a fairly basic campground - fresh water on tap, loos, and a barbeque. Forward bookings are essential for this campground, see
this link for more information. 


Mangere Foreshore Track - 9km / 2.5hr

Exit through the kissing gates that mark the Ambury Regional Park’s SW boundary. Cameron the draughthorse is the main resident on this stretch.

Beyond the kissing gates you’ll see the first signage of the Mangere Foreshore track, opened in 2005 as part of Watercare’s Manukau foreshore rehabilitation.

2.5km later, you pass the Mangere Lagoon, part of the Auckland volcanic field. In the 1960s, earthworks for the Mangere Sewage Works sludge ponds in the lagoon damaged the scoria cone at the centre of this explosion crater, and the crater itself.  The sewage works handled Auckland’s waste for 40 years. Its sludge ponds stood on this shore, and its oxidation ponds webbed the sea on the right-hand side of the track all the way out to Puketutu Island.

Walk on another kilometre and you’ll see version 2 of the old sewage works, Watercare’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, opened in 2003. Thirteen hours processing by clarifiers and ultra violet radiation now treats what used to take, by sludge settlement and oxidation, 21 days. These days the sterile solids are trucked away, and the sterile fluids are released on the outgoing tide at the rate of 25 tonnes a second, Auckland's biggest river.

As Watercare decommissions some of the old treatment systems, they have embarked on a project to rejuvenate the area and nurture the abundant birdlife. The Te Araroa route goes around one of these areas - past the main Watercare works and offices turn right/west next to the canal then turn again left/south past the bird roost and continue past the restored area.

Across the Oruarangi Creek pedestrian bridge, a galvanised gate lets you onto a nicely gravelled path that leads past a bird hide, and past white-shell beaches. The overall walk features two bird hides, and you'll pass roost islands that host godwits, lesser knots, wrybills, spoonbills and the distinctive red at-arms slope of the oyster-catchers' bright bills.

By now the Otuataua Stonefields are in sight - a good, emphatic, heaped finish. Volcanic vents once effervesced here, and Maori moved in later to trap the sun's warmth, piling up these stones and expanding their kumara-growing season. The Maori garden mounds, the storage pits, and the drystone walls of later Pakeha farmers are still prominent in this area.

Head through a galvanised gate into the Stonefields, and various paths wind through the old remnants of a previous culture. 

From the Otuataua Stonefields, exit onto Ihumatao Quarry Road and follow SE, turn right into Oruarangi Road, left/E into Ihumatao Road for 3 kms. Turn right/S into George Bolt Memorial Drive for 1km, and past the Airport Shopping Centre (and the Airport to the south). Turn left/E into Tom Pearce Drive, and follow it for 1.5 km as it turns south. Turn left/E onto Puhinui Rd and follow it for 3kms. Turn right into Price Road. Follow Price Road for 1km down to Puhinui Reserve. 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Onehunga

Accommodation en route
Airport Harbour View Motel - 6 Onehunga Harbour Rd, Onehunga - P: 09 634 5300 - E: stay@airportharbourview.co.nz 

Mangere Bridge Village

General information
For information log onto - www.mangerebridge.co.nz

Local transport
Auckland Transport for bus or train information - P: 0800 103080 freephone or 09 366 6400 

Accommodation
Mangere Bridge Homestay - 1 Boyd Ave, Mangere Bridge - P: 09 636 6346 - E: mangerebridgehomestay@xtra.co.nz
Mountain View B & B - 85a Wallace Rd, Mangere Bridge - P: 09 636 6535                                                                  
Ambury Regional Park Campground - 43 Ambury Road Mangere Bridge - P: 09 366 2000 - E: info@arc.govt.nz - forward bookings essential.
 
Resupply
Bridge Mini Mart - 21 Coronation Rd - P: 09 636 9645
Mangere Bridge Fruit Supplies - 38 Coronation Rd - P: 09 622 1292
Mangere Bridge Super Value - 40 Coronation Rd - P: 09 636 8424
 
Accommodation en route
Airport Harbour View Motel - 6 Onehunga Harbour Rd, Onehunga - P: 09 634 5300 - E: stay@airportharbourview.co.nz - 
 

Auckland Airport 

Resupply en route
Countdown Supermarket - P: 09 256 2128  - The Airport Shopping Centre - Cnr Geroge Bolt Memorial Drive ( the main road access to the airport) & John Goulter Drive - 

Getting there/away
AIr New ZealandInternational and domestic flights from Auckland Airport - P: 0800 737 000 freephone or 09 357 3000
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
 
Accommodation
Many options are available at a variety of levels including:
YHA Auckland City, 18 Liverpool Street, Auckland Central, Auckland - P: 09 309 2802 E: aucklandcity@yha.co.nz                          
YHA Auckland International, 5 Turner Street, Auckland P: 09 302 8200 E: auckland@yha.co.nz
Airport Skyway Lodge - 30 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere - P: 0800 726 880 freephone or 09 275 4443 - E: skyway@ihug.co.nz -(backpackers/motel/airport transfers)
Auckland Airport Kiwi Motel - 144 Mackenzie Rd, Mangere - P: 0800 991 885 freephone  - includes restaurant, continental breakfast, free 24 hour shuttle to/from airport, free car parking for up to 14 days
 
Local transport
Auckland Transport - for bus or train information - P: 0800 103080 freephone or 09 366 6400 
Alert Taxi - P: 09 309 2000 - ww.alerttaxis.co.nz
Shuttle Bus - P: 09 275 8888 - E: info@shuttlebus.co.nz
Super Shuttle - P: 0800 748 885 or P: 09 522 5100 


 

Requirements
  • Respect private land
  • No dogs in Ambury Park
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities Auckland Airport Shopping Centre
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Standard Campsite Ambury Park
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
Closest Town(s)
Auckland
Managed by
Auckland Council
Thanks to
Auckland Council
Northern Start
Onehunga Bay Reserve, Beachcroft Ave
Southern End
Puhinui Reserve, Price Rd
Distance
25km
Time
6-7hr
Track Standard
Road margin   Footpath   Easy tramping track   Tramping track   Route   Mixed grade  
Description
(North to South)

From the end of the Coast to Coast at Onehunga Bay Reserve head southeast through the Reserve to cross the four-lane Hugh Watt Drive on a foot bridge to Orpheus Drive. Follow Orpheus Drive east along the Manukau foreshore until opposite the Airport Harbour View Motel where it heads onto the old Mangere Bridge. The piles of the old bridge were founded on a lava crust from nearby Mangere Mountain, and over the years the bridge footings broke through that crust and sank slightly. As a result it's bike and foot traffic only here, and it's a favourite local fishing spot.  

Once you've crossed the Manukau Harbour on the bridge, head west along Kiwi Esplanade, following the coastal margin for 3km to Ambury Regional Park. Follow the marked track around the edge of the paddocks near the shore.
You'll see the Ambury Regional Park headquarters, including a ranger’s house, and a fairly basic campground - fresh water on tap, loos, and a barbeque. Forward bookings are essential for this campground, see
this link for more information. 


Mangere Foreshore Track - 9km / 2.5hr

Exit through the kissing gates that mark the Ambury Regional Park’s SW boundary. Cameron the draughthorse is the main resident on this stretch.

Beyond the kissing gates you’ll see the first signage of the Mangere Foreshore track, opened in 2005 as part of Watercare’s Manukau foreshore rehabilitation.

2.5km later, you pass the Mangere Lagoon, part of the Auckland volcanic field. In the 1960s, earthworks for the Mangere Sewage Works sludge ponds in the lagoon damaged the scoria cone at the centre of this explosion crater, and the crater itself.  The sewage works handled Auckland’s waste for 40 years. Its sludge ponds stood on this shore, and its oxidation ponds webbed the sea on the right-hand side of the track all the way out to Puketutu Island.

Walk on another kilometre and you’ll see version 2 of the old sewage works, Watercare’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, opened in 2003. Thirteen hours processing by clarifiers and ultra violet radiation now treats what used to take, by sludge settlement and oxidation, 21 days. These days the sterile solids are trucked away, and the sterile fluids are released on the outgoing tide at the rate of 25 tonnes a second, Auckland's biggest river.

As Watercare decommissions some of the old treatment systems, they have embarked on a project to rejuvenate the area and nurture the abundant birdlife. The Te Araroa route goes around one of these areas - past the main Watercare works and offices turn right/west next to the canal then turn again left/south past the bird roost and continue past the restored area.

Across the Oruarangi Creek pedestrian bridge, a galvanised gate lets you onto a nicely gravelled path that leads past a bird hide, and past white-shell beaches. The overall walk features two bird hides, and you'll pass roost islands that host godwits, lesser knots, wrybills, spoonbills and the distinctive red at-arms slope of the oyster-catchers' bright bills.

By now the Otuataua Stonefields are in sight - a good, emphatic, heaped finish. Volcanic vents once effervesced here, and Maori moved in later to trap the sun's warmth, piling up these stones and expanding their kumara-growing season. The Maori garden mounds, the storage pits, and the drystone walls of later Pakeha farmers are still prominent in this area.

Head through a galvanised gate into the Stonefields, and various paths wind through the old remnants of a previous culture. 

From the Otuataua Stonefields, exit onto Ihumatao Quarry Road and follow SE, turn right into Oruarangi Road, left/E into Ihumatao Road for 3 kms. Turn right/S into George Bolt Memorial Drive for 1km, and past the Airport Shopping Centre (and the Airport to the south). Turn left/E into Tom Pearce Drive, and follow it for 1.5 km as it turns south. Turn left/E onto Puhinui Rd and follow it for 3kms. Turn right into Price Road. Follow Price Road for 1km down to Puhinui Reserve. 

Potential Hazards
  • Vehicles on road or track Take care crossing roads, especially around airport
  • Farming operations
  • Open drains
  • Track exposed to sun, wind or cold
Description
(North to South)

From the end of the Coast to Coast at Onehunga Bay Reserve head southeast through the Reserve to cross the four-lane Hugh Watt Drive on a foot bridge to Orpheus Drive. Follow Orpheus Drive east along the Manukau foreshore until opposite the Airport Harbour View Motel where it heads onto the old Mangere Bridge. The piles of the old bridge were founded on a lava crust from nearby Mangere Mountain, and over the years the bridge footings broke through that crust and sank slightly. As a result it's bike and foot traffic only here, and it's a favourite local fishing spot.  

Once you've crossed the Manukau Harbour on the bridge, head west along Kiwi Esplanade, following the coastal margin for 3km to Ambury Regional Park. Follow the marked track around the edge of the paddocks near the shore.
You'll see the Ambury Regional Park headquarters, including a ranger’s house, and a fairly basic campground - fresh water on tap, loos, and a barbeque. Forward bookings are essential for this campground, see
this link for more information. 


Mangere Foreshore Track - 9km / 2.5hr

Exit through the kissing gates that mark the Ambury Regional Park’s SW boundary. Cameron the draughthorse is the main resident on this stretch.

Beyond the kissing gates you’ll see the first signage of the Mangere Foreshore track, opened in 2005 as part of Watercare’s Manukau foreshore rehabilitation.

2.5km later, you pass the Mangere Lagoon, part of the Auckland volcanic field. In the 1960s, earthworks for the Mangere Sewage Works sludge ponds in the lagoon damaged the scoria cone at the centre of this explosion crater, and the crater itself.  The sewage works handled Auckland’s waste for 40 years. Its sludge ponds stood on this shore, and its oxidation ponds webbed the sea on the right-hand side of the track all the way out to Puketutu Island.

Walk on another kilometre and you’ll see version 2 of the old sewage works, Watercare’s Wastewater Treatment Plant, opened in 2003. Thirteen hours processing by clarifiers and ultra violet radiation now treats what used to take, by sludge settlement and oxidation, 21 days. These days the sterile solids are trucked away, and the sterile fluids are released on the outgoing tide at the rate of 25 tonnes a second, Auckland's biggest river.

As Watercare decommissions some of the old treatment systems, they have embarked on a project to rejuvenate the area and nurture the abundant birdlife. The Te Araroa route goes around one of these areas - past the main Watercare works and offices turn right/west next to the canal then turn again left/south past the bird roost and continue past the restored area.

Across the Oruarangi Creek pedestrian bridge, a galvanised gate lets you onto a nicely gravelled path that leads past a bird hide, and past white-shell beaches. The overall walk features two bird hides, and you'll pass roost islands that host godwits, lesser knots, wrybills, spoonbills and the distinctive red at-arms slope of the oyster-catchers' bright bills.

By now the Otuataua Stonefields are in sight - a good, emphatic, heaped finish. Volcanic vents once effervesced here, and Maori moved in later to trap the sun's warmth, piling up these stones and expanding their kumara-growing season. The Maori garden mounds, the storage pits, and the drystone walls of later Pakeha farmers are still prominent in this area.

Head through a galvanised gate into the Stonefields, and various paths wind through the old remnants of a previous culture. 

From the Otuataua Stonefields, exit onto Ihumatao Quarry Road and follow SE, turn right into Oruarangi Road, left/E into Ihumatao Road for 3 kms. Turn right/S into George Bolt Memorial Drive for 1km, and past the Airport Shopping Centre (and the Airport to the south). Turn left/E into Tom Pearce Drive, and follow it for 1.5 km as it turns south. Turn left/E onto Puhinui Rd and follow it for 3kms. Turn right into Price Road. Follow Price Road for 1km down to Puhinui Reserve. 

Note: Map is indicative only
Extra Info

Onehunga

Accommodation en route
Airport Harbour View Motel - 6 Onehunga Harbour Rd, Onehunga - P: 09 634 5300 - E: stay@airportharbourview.co.nz 

Mangere Bridge Village

General information
For information log onto - www.mangerebridge.co.nz

Local transport
Auckland Transport for bus or train information - P: 0800 103080 freephone or 09 366 6400 

Accommodation
Mangere Bridge Homestay - 1 Boyd Ave, Mangere Bridge - P: 09 636 6346 - E: mangerebridgehomestay@xtra.co.nz
Mountain View B & B - 85a Wallace Rd, Mangere Bridge - P: 09 636 6535                                                                  
Ambury Regional Park Campground - 43 Ambury Road Mangere Bridge - P: 09 366 2000 - E: info@arc.govt.nz - forward bookings essential.
 
Resupply
Bridge Mini Mart - 21 Coronation Rd - P: 09 636 9645
Mangere Bridge Fruit Supplies - 38 Coronation Rd - P: 09 622 1292
Mangere Bridge Super Value - 40 Coronation Rd - P: 09 636 8424
 
Accommodation en route
Airport Harbour View Motel - 6 Onehunga Harbour Rd, Onehunga - P: 09 634 5300 - E: stay@airportharbourview.co.nz - 
 

Auckland Airport 

Resupply en route
Countdown Supermarket - P: 09 256 2128  - The Airport Shopping Centre - Cnr Geroge Bolt Memorial Drive ( the main road access to the airport) & John Goulter Drive - 

Getting there/away
AIr New ZealandInternational and domestic flights from Auckland Airport - P: 0800 737 000 freephone or 09 357 3000
InterCity - P: 09 583 5780 - E: info@intercity.co.nz
Naked Bus - P: 0900 62533 (calls cost)
 
Accommodation
Many options are available at a variety of levels including:
YHA Auckland City, 18 Liverpool Street, Auckland Central, Auckland - P: 09 309 2802 E: aucklandcity@yha.co.nz                          
YHA Auckland International, 5 Turner Street, Auckland P: 09 302 8200 E: auckland@yha.co.nz
Airport Skyway Lodge - 30 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere - P: 0800 726 880 freephone or 09 275 4443 - E: skyway@ihug.co.nz -(backpackers/motel/airport transfers)
Auckland Airport Kiwi Motel - 144 Mackenzie Rd, Mangere - P: 0800 991 885 freephone  - includes restaurant, continental breakfast, free 24 hour shuttle to/from airport, free car parking for up to 14 days
 
Local transport
Auckland Transport - for bus or train information - P: 0800 103080 freephone or 09 366 6400 
Alert Taxi - P: 09 309 2000 - ww.alerttaxis.co.nz
Shuttle Bus - P: 09 275 8888 - E: info@shuttlebus.co.nz
Super Shuttle - P: 0800 748 885 or P: 09 522 5100 


 

Requirements
  • Respect private land
  • No dogs in Ambury Park
Environment
  • Take all rubbish with you
  • Use toilets provided
Amenities
(Start)
  • Car park
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
Amenities
(On Route)
  • Full range of amenities Auckland Airport Shopping Centre
  • Carpark
  • Picnic area
  • Toilets
  • Shop
  • Standard Campsite Ambury Park
Amenities
(End)
  • Carpark
Closest Town(s)
Auckland
Managed by
Auckland Council
Thanks to
Auckland Council