Exploring the
Watercare Coastal Walkway

Our treasured coastal walk is a gem on the edge of the Manukau Harbour, rich in bird and plant life and cultural history. The well-maintained gravel tracks and boardwalks are relatively flat, typically making them suitable for cyclists and walkers of all levels of fitness. 

What you can see and do

  • Visit Ambury Park with the family, a working farm with plenty of opportunity to get up close to the animals. 
  • Wander along the 7 kilometres of coastal walkway and enjoy the beaches along the way.  
  • 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. 
  • 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 

Note: due to the installation of the central interceptor pipeline, a small section of the walkway is temporarily closed. It's scheduled to be reopened by the end of 2021, permitting no further delays due to COVID restrictions. 

The section is in front of the Māngere Wastewater Treatment Plant. 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. 

Once the pipeline install is 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. 

Watercare Coastal Walkway information sheet