Exploring the
Watercare Coastal Walkway

Our treasured coastal walk is a gem on the edge of the Manukau Harbour, rich in bird and plant life and cultural history. The well-maintained gravel tracks and boardwalks are relatively flat, typically making them suitable for cyclists and walkers of all levels of fitness. 

What you can see and do

  • Visit Ambury Park with the family, a working farm with plenty of opportunity to get up close to the animals. 
  • Wander along the 7 kilometres of coastal walkway and enjoy the beaches along the way.  
  • Explore Ōtuataua Stonefields, an historic reserve which evokes Auckland’s volcanic past and provides a record of early Māori and European farms and gardens.  
  • See the freshwater springs along the foreshore. 
  • Observe the inhabitants of four large bird roosts along the walkway. The roosts attract birds from the Arctic Circle, Asia and the South Island, as well as local wading birds.   

Watercare Coastal Walkway - Fast facts 

Length: 7 kilometres 

Route: From Ambury Park to the Ōtuataua Stonefields. View map 


 Birds you may see: 

  • Eastern bar-tailed godwit 
  • Lesser knot 
  • Turnstone 
  • Golden plover 
  • Curlew sandpiper 
  • Long-billed curlew 
  • Whimbrel 
  • Pied oyster catcher 
  • Banded dotterel 
  • Pied stilt 
  • Wrybill

Contact us

If you have any questions or need to report any issues related to our Coastal Walkway, please email CoastalWalkway@water.co.nz

Watercare Coastal Walkway information sheet