Auck­land Short Walk: Pa­pakura In­let, South Auck­land

Walking New Zealand - - Contents - By He­len Wen­ley

It was low tide the win­ter morn­ing that we walked around the Pahure­hure In­let at Pa­pakura. The frosty ice crunched un­der our feet when we started our walk, and yet it did not take long for our bod­ies to warm up af­ter the cold start to the day.

Part of the Pahure­hure Es­planade walk­way has slipped into the es­tu­ary at one point, but we man­aged to find a short de­tour.

This walk is full of con­trast - the quiet­ness of the tree lined sub­ur­ban streets and the re­serves, the busy noise of the South­ern Mo­tor­way, the happy sound of sports grounds in use on this Satur­day morn­ing, the peace­ful­ness of the es­tu­ary path along Pahure­hure In­let.

In 2010 the Pahure­hure In­let was cleared of man­groves. To­day the empty in­let looked naked - in a good way.

Sug­gested cafes (from a friend who lives in the area): In Pa­pakura there’s the Robert Har­ris which is prob­a­bly the best cof­fee, and then there’s the lo­cal Pizza Box - they have some good dishes and a good se­lec­tion, and their cof­fee is quite good too.

There is a chil­dren’s play­ground in Ray Small Park. Please check sig­nage for off leash dog ex­er­cise ar­eas.

Nearby Walks: Conifer Grove, Wat­tle Downs, To­tara Park.

De­scrip­tion: Mostly level paths with a short run of steps. Suit­able for most ages and lev­els of fit­ness and mo­bil­ity, de­signed with flat shoes or run­ning shoes in mind.

To see: Pa­pakura In­let coastal views, shore­birds, parks and sports field, res­i­den­tial streets.

Time: ap­prox. 80 min­utes (about 6.4 kms).

Park­ing: Wharf Street, Prince Ed­ward Park. Cafés: Var­i­ous in town­ship Pub­lic toi­lets: Ray Small Park Chil­dren’s play­grounds: Ray Small Park

Dogs: Please check with Auck­land Coun­cil for cur­rent rules. Pic­nic Sites: Bench seats along route. Di­rec­tions: Start from the car park at the end of Wharf Street (off Queen Street).

NB. At the time of pub­li­ca­tion, part of the con­crete walk­way had been washed out around the edge of the in­let be­tween Wharf Street and the end of Queen Street. Once this is re­paired it will be pos­si­ble to use again.

1. Turn back down Wharf Street and turn right > into Queen Street and con­tinue to end.

2. Turn left < into drive­way be­tween #48 and #50. Fol­low drive­way around in the di­rec­tion of El­liot Street.

3. Turn right > onto Pahureuhure Es­planade when pos­si­ble. 4. Turn right > into El­liot Street. 5. Turn right > onto walk­way be­tween #57 & #59 to The Spin­ney. 6. Turn left < into Crick­le­wood Street. 7. Turn next right > into Rip­ple­side Place.

8. Turn right > onto walk­way be­tween #12 & #11 and con­tinue straight ahead along Free­lance Ter­race.

9. Turn left < onto walk­way be­tween #19 & #20.

10. Keep right > at all the junc­tions along the Pahureuhure Es­planade.

11. Turn right > into Rush­green Av­enue.

12. Turn right > at the next walk­way be­side #64 and fol­low the walk­way within the Jack Far­rell Re­serve to the right > to Lake­side Drive. 13. Turn right > into Barn­hill Cres­cent. 14. Turn right > into Bex­ley Place. 15. Turn left< into walk­way be­tween #24 & #26.

16. Turn left < into El­liot Street and cross over to Ray Small Drive (next road on your right).

17. Turn right > into Union Street (al­most at the end of Ray Small Drive).

18. Turn left < into Wood Street. Con­tinue straight ahead to the end.

19. Join the walk­way, and turn left < at the T-junc­tion.

20. Take the steps down to the wa­ter­front and then turn next left < to re­turn to the start at the end of Wharf Street.

Above left: Low tide at Pahure­hure In­let. Be­low left: The Pahure­hure In­let clear of man­groves. Be­low right: Look­ing out into the Pahure­hure In­let.

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