Exploring the
Watercare Coastal Walkway

The well-maintained gravel tracks and boardwalks are relatively flat, typically making them suitable for cyclists and walkers of all levels of fitness. However, due to the installation of the pipeline, part of our much treasured coastal walkway is currently closed.

The section of the walkway in front of the Māngere Wastewater Treatment Plant is closed for installation of a pipeline for our Central Interceptor wastewater tunnel. Installation of the pipeline within the coastal walkway is due for completion mid-2021. Once complete, our contractor will commence construction of a haul road to transport spoil from the Central Interceptor tunnel at Māngere to Puketutu Island. Before reopening this section of the walkway, we need to construct a divided barrier along this haul route to protect users from construction trucks. Following the formation of the haul road, we will install a concrete barrier and fence to create a separate path along the shoreline. This path will be about 3m wide, narrowing to 2m in some places. We anticipate reopening this section of the walkway to the public later this year, in time for summer.

Look out for signage of an alternative walking/cycle route and continue to enjoy the rest of the coastal walkway and all it has to offer. Click here for a map of the alternate route.

What you can see and do

  • Visit Ambury Park, a working farm with plenty of opportunity to get up close to the animals. 
  • Explore Ōtuataua Stonefields, an historic reserve which evokes Auckland’s volcanic past and provides a record of early Māori and European farms and gardens.  
  • See the freshwater springs along the foreshore. 
  • Relax on 13 kilometres of beaches. 
  • Observe the inhabitants of four large bird roosts along the walkway. The roosts attract birds from the Arctic Circle, Asia and the South Island, as well as local wading birds.   

Watercare Coastal Walkway - Fast facts 

Length: 7 kilometres 

Route: From Ambury Park to the Ōtuataua Stonefields. View map 


 Birds you may see: 

  • Eastern bar-tailed godwit 
  • Lesser knot 
  • Turnstone 
  • Golden plover 
  • Curlew sandpiper 
  • Long-billed curlew 
  • Whimbrel 
  • Pied oyster catcher 
  • Banded dotterel 
  • Pied stilt 
  • Wrybill 
Watercare Coastal Walkway information sheet