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
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
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
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
- Ample free parking in town on a Sunday for those who are
General idea of route: Head down to Onehunga
Wharf, cross over the NEW
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
Mountain (unique among Auckland volcanoes for it's cone within
a cone and has a historic pa site), over to
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
** 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
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.
- Wet weather gear
- Money for coffee/train/bargains