Bel­mont Bays Walk, North Shore

Walking New Zealand - - Auckland Short Walk - By He­len Wen­ley

This Bel­mont Bay walk, was cho­sen by Grace af­ter she read an in­spir­ing ar­ti­cle about the founder of the Bel­mont Cafe "Lit­tle & Fri­day".

This walk takes you around the Bel­mont area where you will find re­serves, cy­cle ways, play­grounds and views of the Har­bour Bridge with the Waitakere Ranges as a back drop.

Part of this walk is along the Taka­puna Cy­cle Route which cur­rently ex­tends from Es­monde Road to Vic­to­ria Road and the ferry in Devon­port, stretch­ing 6.8 km with a re­turn walk­ing trip tak­ing around three hours.

The cy­cle route is paved and rel­a­tively flat, mak­ing it suit­able for wheel­chairs, pushchairs and a range of fit­ness lev­els. Nearby Walks: Devon­port – Mount Vic­to­ria and North Head Taka­puna Ex­plorer De­scrip­tion: A mix of level paths and slightly in­clined paths. Suit­able for users of av­er­age fit­ness and mo­bil­ity.

To see: Es­tu­ary views, wet­lands, res­i­den­tial hous­ing, Auck­land har­bour Bridge

Time: ap­prox. 45 min­utes. (about 4.00 kms)

Park­ing: Cor­ner Ever­sleigh Road & Ruther­ford Street Buses: Lake Road, Bel­mont Cafés: “Lit­tle&Fri­day” in Ever­sleigh Road Pub­lic toi­lets: Bayswa­ter Park Chil­dren’s play­grounds: North­boro Re­serve, Bayswa­ter Park Dogs: On leash only Pic­nic Sites: Take a rug—pic­nic spots and bench seat­ing along route Di­rec­tions: Start from Cor­ner Ever­sleigh Road (off Lake Road) & Ruther­ford Street.

1. Use the left-hand foot­path along Ruther­ford Street and turn left < onto the path­way be­tween the #10 & #9.

2. At the North­boro Re­serve, keep to the right-hand path, then turn left < at the T-junc­tion be­low the play­ground.

3. Fol­low the cy­cle­way/walk­way, cross the long bridge, go past O’Neills Point Ceme­tery.

4. Cross over Bayswa­ter Road and con­tinue straight ahead through Bayswa­ter Park.

5. Cross over Roberts Av­enue and en­ter Ply­mouth Re­serve. Con­tinue along the grass track down the hill.

6. Join the con­crete walk­way and con­tinue straight ahead.

7. At the Y-junc­tion, keep left < along the con­crete walk­way then con­tinue straight ahead along­side the play­ground to exit into Casino Street. 8. Turn right > into Roberts Av­enue. 9. Turn left < onto the path that runs along­side the Bayswa­ter Pri­mary School play­ing field on the far side of the tall trees (na­ture walk).

10. Cross Bayswa­ter Av­enue and con­tinue straight ahead into Moana Av­enue. 11. Turn right > into Egre­mont Street. 12. Turn left < along Lake Road. 13. Turn left < into Bar­dia Street. 14. Turn right > into Coro­na­tion Street.

15. Re­turn to the start.

Above: The Har­bour Bridge and Waitakere Ranges in the back­ground. Be­low: Along a paved track with a seat to stop and take in the scenery.

Short Walks in Auck­land have doc­u­mented over 100 short walk mini ad­ven­tures which are guar­an­teed to get you out amongst na­ture and dis­cover places in Auck­land that even the lo­cals don’t know about. Visit the web­site to sign up for 10 free walks and a free eGuide to get you started. www. walksin­auck­land.co.nz

Above: Mother and daugh­ter (in law) on a hik­ing trip on our day off! Go­ing to the Man­gatu­ru­turu Hut on Mt Ruapehu (Turoa side). What a stun­ning walk! Photo by Elle Cor­bett, Ohakune. Be­low: The In­ver­cargill Ac­tive Walk­ers Kiwi Se­niors walk­ing the Ke­pler Track from the car park to Brod Bay en­joy­ing their lunch with a view over Lake Te Anau. A lovely day walk there and back with lots of beau­ti­ful things to see and hear. Photo by Heather Westrupp, In­ver­cargill. Cover photo right: From left to right, Louise Inglis, Robin Green­field ( her Mum), Fiona Newth (her cousin) taken on the long an­tic­i­pated Route­burn Tramp in March to cel­e­brate Robin Green­field’s 74th birth­day on March 2017. Photo by Louise Inglis, Botany Downs, Auck­land.

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