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.
- Wet weather gear
- Money for coffee/train/bargains