Waikōwhai Walkway: Manukau coastal walks

The 10km Waikōwhai Walkway follows the northern shore of the Manukau Harbour, between Lynfield Cove in the west and Taumanu Reserve in the east.  

You can complete the walkway in one go in about five hours, or there are four shorter, stroll-sized loops included on the Waikōwhai Walkway map.

Waikōwhai Walkway map (PDF 3.6MB)

For two hours before and after low tide, you can access the entire route along the foreshore. Check the tides before you venture out and take care outside of these times, especially at the narrower 'pinch points' (marked on the map by a pink dotted line).

Low tide routes are muddy and slippery, so wear good walking shoes and consider taking a walking pole.

Dogs must be on a lead while on the Waikōwhai Walkway.

For more information, download the Waikōwhai Walkway brochure (PDF 3.5MB).

Wattle Bay loop

This bush valley provides food for many native birds. There's a lovely picnic spot by the beach and some of the best harbour views from the western end of Manukau Domain.

Wattle Bay loop encompasses parts of Halsey Drive, Canberra Avenue, Wattle Bay Reserve and Manukau Domain

Cape Horn Lookout loop

With peeks through a screen of trees to spectacular views, Cape Horn Lookout allows you to track the progress of ships as they make their way up the harbour.

Cape Horn Lookout loop circles a section of Waikowhai Park, south-west of Waikowhai Road

Captains Bush Reserve loop

Most of the loop takes you through Waikōwhai Park and the regenerating forest of Captains Bush. There's also an extended low-tide option.

Captains Bush Reserve loop circles Captains Bush and passes Faulkner and Wesley Bays

Hillsborough Cemetery loop

A wander through the Hillsborough Cemetery provides insights into our social history. There's a low-tide option around White Bluff Reserve.

Hillsborough Cemetery loop encompasses parts of Clifton Road, Goodall, Fredrick and Bagley streets

Other Manukau coastal walks

Blockhouse Bay Explorer

The area is picturesque, peaceful and boasts a network of tracks to enthuse walkers. There is also a lovely beach reserve for picnicking, paddling and bird watching.

Blockhouse Bay Explorer loop walk encompasses parts of Gilfillan, Connaught and Mitchell streets.

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