Did you know it’s possible to walk across the Auckland isthmus in just one day? This iconic Auckland walk takes you through landscapes shaped by 600 years of Maori settlement, offering commanding views of the city along the way. Incredibly varied, the trek takes you through historic suburbs and past geological landforms of all kinds – from five volcanic sites to woodland settings, hills, parks, gardens and more.
Coast to Coast Walk
- From the Viaduct Basin (close to the Downtown Ferry Terminal) on the Waitemata Harbour, you’ll make your way South to the Manukau Harbour and Tasman Sea. Follow the yellow markers and milestones. Some highlights along the way include:
- Albert Park, the site of an old Māori village (papakainga) called Rangipuke, which once contained a defensive pā and farmland – now boasting walking paths and gardens
- Auckland Domain, home to the Wintergardens and Auckland War Memorial Museum
- Mount Eden volcanic cone, Auckland’s highest natural point
- Cornwall Park, an oasis in the heart of Auckland city and home to One Tree Hill and a working farm
- Onehunga Blockhouse located in Jellicoe Park, one of 10 small forts build in 1860 to protect Onehunga residents from perceived attacks by Māori
- To return, walk to Onehunga Station and hop on any train heading to Britomart.
Time: Full day
Distance: 16 km one way
Know before you go
- Bring water with you. There are plenty of cafés along the way to stop for a meal.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat.
- Bring a jacket and layers, as weather can change quickly.
- We recommend taking public transport one direction – the train between Britomart and Onehunga stations takes approximately 30 minutes.