Starting from the quaint seaside suburb of Devonport, the shared walking/cycle path meanders through local parks and Shoal Bay’s mangrove wetlands to the stunning Takapuna Beach. This secluded track has urban views of the Harbour Bridge and Sky Tower – the best of both worlds!
Devonport to Takapuna Green Route
- Begin your hike from the Devonport Ferry Terminal, making your way north along Victoria Road, Devonport’s main street. When you reach the intersection of Abbotsford Terrace, you’ll see a trail running alongside the road, entering Dacre Park and then through Ngataringa Park. From here, the trail is marked with dark blue sign posts displaying directional arrows and a walker/cyclist icon.
- The Green Route continues uphill on Lake Road, and weaves west and north through Bayswater’s residential streets to Merwood Lane.
- At the end of Merwood Lane, the trail enters Plymouth Reserve. Follow the boardwalk bridge and paved route to Plymouth Crescent – taking in views of the Harbour Bridge and Sky Tower on your left.
- Cross Roberts Avenue to continue through Bayswater Park, before crossing Bayswater Avenue. Here the trail resumes, crossing a long boardwalk over the beautiful mangrove wetlands of Shoal Bay.
- The trail runs along the edge of Shoal Bay, and finally exits Northboro Reserve on Francis Street. Take on the challenging, steep climb to Hart Road.
- The rest of the cycle route is marked along suburban streets, weaving north and east to end on Takapuna Beach. Soak up the sun and relax on this beautiful sandy stretch. Recharge with a coffee or ice cream from one of the many nearby cafés.
Time: Approximately 2 hours one way
Distance: 9.5 km
Difficulty: Easy (a few steep hills on either end of the route)
Know before you go
- Bring water with you. There are some opportunities to exit the trail and visit neighbourhood cafés. Takapuna Beach has plenty of restaurant options.
- Wear sturdy walking shoes.
- Wear sunscreen and a hat.
- Bring a jacket and layers in the cooler months.
- In summer months, bring swimming gear and a towel if you’d like to swim at Takapuna Beach.
- To return to the ferry, an Auckland Transport bus (number 813) runs from Takapuna Platform 1 on Lake Road to the Devonport Wharf.
Please note this is a shared path be aware of cyclists. If you’re planning to cycle, please Share the Path!
Auckland Transport advises:
- Slower traffic has right of way.
- Please be courteous towards other path users.
- Ring your bell before passing.
- Remember to smile, wave and have a good time.
- Ride on the left and pass on the right.