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