Described as the hike that defines Auckland, this 16 km trail was recently named as one of the world’s top 10 city walks!
Indie travel guide BootsnAll rated this walk one of the best city walks in the world in August 2012:
One of few places in the world where you can literally walk from one ocean to another in less than a day, it’s easy to see why Auckland’s coast to coast trail is so popular, running from the Pacific Ocean on one side of the city, to the Tasman Sea at the other side. The 5-6 hour marked route runs from a remote coastal region through residential backstreets and over the city’s two most famous landmarks – Manungawhau (Mt. Eden), with its impressive crater topping the 643 feet (196 m) summit, and Maungakiekie (One Tree Hill), a 600 feet (183 m) now tree-less hill that nonetheless offers incredible views over the city with the cone-shaped outline of Rangitoto Island in distance. Finish your walk with a stroll through the city’s renowned Viaduct harbor, where you can enjoy a well-earned drink looking out over the ocean.
It takes several hours to walk from Onehunga and the Manukau Harbour to downtown Auckland and the Waitemata Harbour.
Is you’re planning on bringing a car, start off in Onehunga, where the parking is easier – then return by train from Britomart station, in the City, to retreive it!
There’s plenty of background information on the sights along this walk on the former Auckland City Council’s website here.
NZ Herald writer, Donna McIntyre, writes of her experience of the walk in this article.