Five local walks you need to try this winter

Tāmaki Makaurau’s North Shore is a well sought-after spot, with an abundance of local walks and tracks boasting beautiful native bush and coastlines for a city escape that’s literally just across from the Harbour Bridge. With the colder months fast approaching, make the most of the crisp winter air and get outdoors to explore the picturesque fallen leaves or golden shorelines along Devonport and Takapuna.    

Here are five great walks to try out in the area:

Devonport to Takapuna Green Route walk

Time: 2 hours | Difficulty: Easy

Beginning at the stunning shoreline of Devonport this two-hour walk takes you through both residential and scenic walkways, showcasing the range of wetlands, boardwalks and stunning views of the inner Waitematā harbour and bridge on your way to Takapuna. Dogs are welcome on this route too, so you’ll be sure to spot some furry friends along your way. Whether you’re a keen cyclist or enjoy a leisurely stroll, the track’s wide paths are designed to be shared by both walkers and cyclists.


Low tide Devonport to Takapuna shoreline walk

Time: 2.5 - 3 hours | Difficulty: Hard

Not for the faint hearted, this track is for those who like a challenge with rock climbing and tricky terrain to get your heart rate up. Set yourself up for a three to four hour walk as you race the tide to make your way from Devonport/North Head to Takapuna Beach.

Top tip: This route needs to be explored at low tide before the beaches and bays are no longer accessible.

Milford to Takapuna walk

Time: 1.5 hours | Difficulty: Medium

Starting at the Milford reserve, you’ll make your way directly along the shoreline to Takapuna beach on this stunning walk. The track spans across path and sand, including a bit of rock climbing as you stroll through numerous beaches and bays, most of which are great spots to stop for a refreshing swim. Take in uninterrupted views of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island all the way along the shore before finishing at Takapuna Beach – a prime spot to enjoy a bite at one of the many foodie hotspots in the area.

Devonport Waterfront walk

Time: 45 minutes | Difficulty: Easy

Get yourself acquainted with the history of Devonport in just 45 minutes as you amble along the waterfront taking in the historic scenery. A favourite for history buffs, this walk begins at the Devonport ferry wharf as you wander by the local historical greats such as the Esplanade Hotel, Flagstaff, Boer War Arch memorial, The Masonic Hotel and many others. Equally known for its charm and scenic stops this walk is one not to be missed if you’re new to the area.

Maungauika/North Head Historic Reserve walk

Time: 1 hour (one way loop) | Difficulty: Medium

If a beautiful panoramic view of the Hauraki Gulf and Auckland CBD is what you’re after, then look no further than this spectacular walk. Begin at either Cheltenham Beach or Devonport and head on up the North Head Historic Reserve Trail, where at its summit you’ll be met with striking views and one of Aotearoa’s most significant historical coastal defence sites, with a military tunnel complex, gun emplacements and fortifications. The Historic Reserve is open 6am – 10pm 7 days a week, and makes for a great picnic spot too!