Won­der­ful Walks

Walk the head­lands and the be­gin­ning of the Te Ara Hura trail, and stop in at a win­ery or two.

Good - - CONTENTS - Words and pho­tog­ra­phy Car­olyn Ent­ing

Walk­ing and wine on glo­ri­ous Wai­heke Is­land

A hike around Wai­heke Is­land’s Head­lands walk is a good way to work up an ap­petite, es­pe­cially with the lure of lunch at Ca­ble Bay or Mud­brick winer­ies along the way.

What makes it even more at­trac­tive is that the start of the trail is just a few me­tres from the wharf at Ma­ti­a­tia Bay where the AuckandWai­heke ferry docks ev­ery hour.

To reach the winer­ies, you need to first stroll along the beach at Ma­ti­a­tia Bay and fol­low the sign to Church Bay. It’s up­hill from here for a bit but not for long; it soon be­comes a gen­tle un­du­lat­ing path around the head­land.

Stand­ing atop the head­lands on Wai­heke Is­land gives you mag­nif­i­cent panoramic vis­tas look­ing out over the Hau­raki Gulf and Auck­land city. You’ll pass a few mul­ti­mil­lion dol­lar baches, too.

This is also the be­gin­ning of the Te Ara Hura trail – a con­tin­u­ous 100km walk­ing route link­ing tracks all over the is­land.

What’s great about the Te Ara Hura is that it’s a multi-day ad­ven­ture, which you can choose to do in stages. We chose to stick to the head­lands for our half-day visit to the is­land.

When you hop o the ferry at Ma­ti­a­tia Bay you can choose to take the left path which winds its way past im­pres­sive homes and Owhanake Bay to Oneroa Vil­lage; or walk along the beach at Ma­ti­a­tia Bay and up the hill to­wards Church Bay (the route we took). Walk­ing both head­lands takes about five hours.

We struck high tide, which meant be­ing ac­com­pa­nied by the sound of the waves lap­ping against the shore mixed with tui bird­song. The blue-sky day made the walk up­hill even more pic­turesque and pro­vided the per­fect back­drop for palm trees dot­ting the land­scape and views from the head­land.

When we did the walk, there were im­pass­able slips along part of track around the head­lands in both direc­tions (caused by tor­ren­tial rain on Wai­heke in March 2017) but there are clearly mapped work­arounds that en­able you to re-join the track.

We made it to Church Bay be­fore a de­tour turned us back to Ca­ble Bay vine­yard – one of the is­land’s many winer­ies. It was the per­fect place to stop for lunch and a glass of lo­cal wine af­ter a leisurely hike.

The land around Church Bay is now largely planted with grapes. Wai­heke Is­land has 216 hectares of vine­yards which is why it’s also known as the “is­land of wine”.

Get­ting back to the ferry is an easy 30-minute down­hill walk.

Un­du­lat­ing ter­rain, bird­song and views of Ma­ti­a­tia Bay and be­yond are fea­tures of the walk.

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