Coast to Coast Walk

4-5 hrs

16 km

Highlights

  • Heritage sites
  • Volcanoes
  • Urban landscape

Proximity

  • By walking: start from the Ferry Terminal on Quay Street Auckland

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Cross the width of the country in one day. See life in Auckland unfold and explore various landmarks.

The Coast to Coast Walkway is a great way to get a little exercise and discover more about the history and unique features of Auckland. Plus you'll be able to tell your friends that you walked from one side of New Zealand to the other!

Most of Auckland is situated on an isthmus of land about nine kilometres long and as little as two kilometres wide. From the arrival of the first people, this has been a coveted area.

The fertile volcanic slopes, sheltered fishing grounds and strategic position that allows transit from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea, or access to the long Waikato River, earned Auckland the name Tamaki Makaurau - 'the spouse desired by a hundred lovers'.

The walkway begins in the city centre on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour. The first section guides you along the bustling downtown waterfront and shipping wharves, before turning inland to Albert Park and the university.

From here you cross a gully to reach the native forest, gardens and playing fields of the 200-acre Auckland Domain. The next stop is the summit of Maunga-whau (Mount Eden), where you'll enjoy views into the crater and out across the city, harbour and Hauraki Gulf.

Then it's on through historic suburbs to the volcanic cone of Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill) and Cornwall Park. Maungakiekie is the largest of the Auckland's volcanic cones. It has three craters - two are breached and one is intact.

Part of the park is farmed, so you may encounter some sheep. From here the walkway follows ancient lava flows south through the suburb of Onehunga to finish at the edge of Manukau Harbour.

Informative brochures identifying the numerous highlights of the walkway are available from visitor information centres. There are regular public bus services back to the city.

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