City walk: Onehunga-Mangere Bridges ++

Latest weather: At the moment the forecast for tomorrow according to Metservice is: Few showers clearing. Southwesterlies developing. On this basis our walk will go ahead - but don't forget your raincoat just in case.

 

NB: Wear footwear you don't mind getting muddy as the fields on Mangere moutain and Ambury Park may be wet. (This may call for walking boots even though there is a lot of street walking).

 

This walk is a mix of urban (Onehunga wharf area) with green highlights ( Mangere Mountain and Ambury Park) with the focal point being two bridge crossings - 1/ the atrractive old 1915 bridge between Onehunga and Mangere Bridge, popular with fishermen and 2/ The pedestrian underhang of the spanking new Mangere Crossing extension, high above the Manakau PLUS we will be visiting Waikaraka Cemetry on the way back which is historical and pretty AND you might even fit in some bargain shopping before or after!

Assemble at Onehunga Train Station from 10am - start walking 10.20am

  • There is a train from Britomart at 9.42am for those who want to come by train (arrives 10.06. Trains are hourly both ways on a Sunday. 42 minutes past on the way to Onehunga. 12 minutes past the hour on the way back.
  • Buses are also available - see the maxx.co.nz site for times.
  • Ample free parking in town on a Sunday for those who are driving. 

 

General idea of route: Head down to Onehunga Wharf, cross over the NEW Mangere Bridge (anyone who has an issue with heights can go over the old bridge and we'll meet you on the other side) to Mangere Bridge township, head up Mangere Mountain (unique among Auckland volcanoes for it's cone within a cone and has a historic pa site), over to Ambury Park for an exploration and park highlights, then back along the harbour-side esplanade to cross over the OLD Mangere Bridge built in 1915. Once back at Onehunga wharf we'll saunter along the newly revamped harbour-side cycle/pathway to Waikaraka Cemetry which has some very old graves and a big area devoted to military burials.

** Approx 13km. ** Easy grade with only significant hill being Mangere Mountain ** Approx return time 3pm.

 

Note: For those that appreciate the urban landscape as well as green areas, there are heaps of photographic opportunities today.

Note: I'm not sure how long this walk will take. Bring lunch and we'll aim to eat in the pleasant surrounds of Ambury Park. We may be finished by 3 or it may be 4. Anyone who wants guaranteed shopping time should probably come early

Note: We may stop for a coffee in Mangere Bridge if the group is keen.

Bring:

  • Water
  • Wet weather gear
  • Lunch
  • Camera
  • Money for coffee/train/bargains

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  • katy

    Thanks Josie and Stephen.

    June 19, 2011

  • Sue B

    Really enjoyed the day, thanks Josie and Stephen.

    June 13, 2011

  • Frank

    Thanks Josie for a great hike.
    I really enjoyed the challenge of going up and down and up the hills
    and socializing with the other hikers. Sploshing thru the mud was also nice.
    Looking forward to our next hike.
    Frank

    June 13, 2011

  • Josie

    Great day with lovely weather and good group.

    June 13, 2011

  • Debbie

    would have liked 2 go, sounds gd. Was out all da re photomeetup group on saturday & got flu in that downpour.happy 2 go another time. thanks Josie 4 message.

    June 13, 2011

  • Laura

    Fantastic!

    June 13, 2011

  • Carolina

    Brilliant organisation, super-friendly people and a good walk to stretch my legs. Fantastic!! Thanks!

    June 12, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely walk, variety of scenery. Great people.

    June 12, 2011

  • Tracey

    Lovely weather. Good people.

    June 12, 2011

  • Anne

    A fabulous walk... a nice route, perfect weather and great people. Thank you for having me along and thank you Josie for hosting :)

    June 12, 2011

  • Anthony J.

    Oh, how I lose out on this hike but surely next time, I'm off to the Far East, so see you guys soon. By the way Josie, I live in Birkdale, maybe we could share the ride in the future. Cheers! Enjoy.

    June 5, 2011

  • Josie

    Brandon - walk is NEXT week not today. (smile)

    June 5, 2011

  • Josie

    It's approx 13km Shannon (I'll edit the description). Mostly easy though which makes a big difference. That would be a big distance cross country but mostly street walking it won't take that long - expect to be back about 3 or 4pm. Cheers.

    June 3, 2011

  • Shannon

    Hi Josie, just wondering what the distance this walk will be roughly? Thanks.

    June 3, 2011

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