Auck­land Short Walk: Faboulous views in St He­liers to Glover Park walk

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The St He­liers to Glover Park – East Auck­land walk takes us from the beach front at St He­liers up Cliff Road with fab­u­lous views over­look­ing the Hau­raki Gulf and its is­lands, past Achilles Point be­fore reach­ing Glover Park.

Glover Park is lo­cated in a 500 me­tre di­am­e­ter ex­plo­sion crater and has a tuff ring sur­round­ing it. This would have orig­i­nally been a fresh­wa­ter lake, be­fore be­com­ing a swamp. The swamp was drained in the 1950’s.

His­tory:

St He­liers: Known to the Maoris as Whanganui (Big Bay) and to early Euro­pean set­tlers as Good­fel­low’s Beach and Glen Or­chard, the bay re­ceived its cur­rent name in the early 1880s after the North­cote Land Com­pany ac­quired a large chunk of the area for sub­di­vi­sion. The name came from its sim­i­lar­ity to a bay in the is­land of Jersey.

To im­prove ac­cess and at­tract buy­ers a 1500 foot long wharf was built but ini­tial sales were still slow.

In 1899 there were 20 per­ma­nent res­i­dences, and a num­ber of baches. On hol­i­days the bay would at­tract about 3500 vis­i­tors.

Achilles Point: Known as Te Pane o

Horoiwi (the head of Horoiwi) in te reo Maori, the name Achilles Point dates back to 1940 when the Auck­land Coun­cil de­cided to hon­our the New Zealand­crewed ship HMS Achilles.

It de­feated the Ger­man cruiser Graf Spee in the 1939 Bat­tle of the River Plate, the first ma­jor naval bat­tle of World War II.

Nearby At­trac­tions:

Kelly Tarl­tons: Ex­plore the fas­ci­nat­ing South­ern and Pa­cific marine en­vi­ron­ments, from the great ocean depths to the Antarc­tic ice, from rocky shores and co­ral reefs to Stingray Bay – or plunge into the tanks for thrilling An­i­mal Ad­ven­tures and meet marine life face to face. www.kel­ly­tarl­tons.co.nz St He­liers Vil­lage – shops and cafes St He­liers Beach and St He­liers Vil­lage, Craft Mar­kets (monthly 3rd Sun­day)

De­scrip­tion: A mix of level and steep paths. Suit­able in all weather. Suit­able for most ages and lev­els of fit­ness and mo­bil­ity, de­signed with flat shoes or running shoes in mind. Suit­able for push chairs. Not suit­able for wheel­chairs.

To see: Won­der­ful views of Ran­gi­toto, Hau­raki Gulf, Auck­land City.

Time: ap­prox. 60 min­utes. (about 4.5kms) Park­ing: Goldie Street, St He­liers Buses: Ta­maki Drive, St He­liers Cafés: Var­i­ous along Ta­maki Drive, St He­liers

Pub­lic toi­lets: Cor­ner of Ta­maki Drive and Cliff Road, Glover Park

Chil­dren’s play­grounds: Cor­ner of Ta­maki Drive and Cliff Road, Glover Park Dogs: Off-leash in Glover Park Pic­nic Sites: Take your own rugs and pic­nic gear. Seats along St He­liers prom­e­nade.

Direc­tions:

Start from cor­ner of Ta­maki Drive and Goldie Street.

1. Facing the water­front, turn right > and walk along the water­front side of Ta­maki Drive.

2. En­ter Cliff Road and con­tinue up the hill (al­ter­nate route at the bot­tom of cliff at low-tide with steps to re-join path at Ladies Bay).

3. Turn right > into Spring­combe Road. 4. Turn left < into Glover Road. 5. At the en­trance to Glover Park, take the path to the left < along the edge of the park (sign posted ‘Look­out 5 mins’).

6. Fol­low the path to the tops of the cliffs, un­til you reach Waitara Road. 7. Turn right > into Waitara Road. 8. At the junc­tion con­tinue straight ahead into Rid­dell Road. 9. Turn right > into Waimarie Street. 10. Turn left < into Rarangi Road. 11. Turn right > into Vale Road. 12. Turn left < into Ta­maki Drive and re­turn to the start.

Above left: A seat to sit and en­joy the view. Above right: The mon­u­ment at Achilles Point. Be­low: Look­ing out across the Hau­raki Gulf.

By He­len Wen­ley

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