Long Bay Tramp
|Location: North Island Auckland|
|Nearest Town: Auckland, North Shore|
|Nearest City: Auckland, North Shore|
|Length of tramp: 5.8 km|
|Time needed: 2.5 hours|
|Route: Round Trip|
|Elevation: Sea level to 40m|
|Wet Feet: No|
|Mobile phone coverage: Yes|
|Date this tramp was last walked: 2007|
|Track quality: Easy. Over farm land. At low tide you can walk back along the beach. A little rocky, but still easy. In a few places the rock can be very slippery if still wet.|
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|Hazards: The track follows the cliff face most of the way around the coast.|
|Transport: Phone 09 3666400 or 0800 10 30 80|
|Water: Plenty in the park|
Take State Highway 1 north. Take the exit 410 at Oteha Valley Rd. Turn right and drive underneath the motorway. Follow the Oteha Valley Dr for 1.8k to the next set of lights, turn left onto East Coast Bay Road, drive for .9k, and look out for a large water tank as you drive up the hill, turn right into Glenvar Rd. This road runs downhill for 3.6k. At 1.9k, there is a sharp right hand turn. Don’t get caught out and drive straight past the turn off. Left into Watea and left in to Beach road. All in a short distance. The park is another 100m on your left. There is plenty of parking. Drive to the end of the road.
|Camping on track: No|
|Track highlights: Pretty beach, wonderful views, great lunch spots, lovely easy walk. Awesome way to spend a lazy Sunday at the beach!|
Map of Long Bay Walking Track :
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Detailed track description for
Long Bay Walking Track:
Long Bay Tramp - Point 1
Vaughan homestead. 5 min.
Walk to the end of the road, through the gate and then onto the homestead. Once across the bridge, there is a nature trail leading off to the left. The 1863 homestead is open to the public, go in and have a look.
Nature trail. 30 min - .8k
Follow the yellow marker posts. This loop track will take you through wet land, native trees and farmland, and take you back to the car park.
Long Bay Tramp - Point 2
To Okura River 1h 15 min - 2.8 km
On this walk, you can walk over the farm land, then back along the beach, but only if the tide is out. At the end of the walk, there is a very small beach, and I mean small. If the tide is fully in, the water laps the bank. There are some good places to sit up on the bank, with plenty of shade from the trees. From this position, looking across the other side of the bay is the popular Stillwater walkway. You can just see the long-standing 1863, Dacre Cottage sitting back from the beach.
Long Bay Tramp - Point 4
Back to car park via track. Easy, just double back the way you came.
Long Bay Tramp - Point 5
Back to car park via Beach. 1h 5 min – 3 km
Another story. The tide must be on the way out by at least 1 hour. But you will know if you are to early, just sit and wait. If the tide is out, or on the way in, don’t squander time. Get a move on. It is a continuous cliff face till you reach Pohutakawa Bay, and then to Grannys Bay, to far to swim if you get caught out. Watch your step; the rocks can be very slippery when they are still wet. In some places the rocks will have a thin coating of mega slippery mud over them.
Long Bay Tramp - Point 6
Food. Back at the park, there are two places to choice from, the kiosk and the restaurant and café. I know which one I would go to. The kiosk is in the middle of the park, up by the beach, and the restaurant is a 100m in on the right hand side as you drive through the main entrance.