If you’re a regular reader of the blog you’ll know I love nothing more than getting outside on a sunny day and tackling a long walk. Preferably beginning or finishing with brunch.
We began with brunch in Torbay with a stunning view of the beach across the road. The food wasn’t fantastic so I won’t recommend the place but the view more than made up for it.
The Long Bay Coastal Track takes you through the northern end of Long Bay Regional Park.
Once you park up within the regional park the walk is clearly signposted.
The walk is 5.8 kilometres and takes around 2 hours 30 minutes depending on how long you take to stop for photos. Trust me – you will want to take lots.
You will start by crossing the Okura River before making your way to Granny’s Bay.
There are panoramic views of the Hauraki Gulf along the way.
Look out for native birds along the way.
As you approach Granny’s Bay the track slopes downwards and if you’re lucky you may get the whole bay to yourself.
After some time at Granny’s Bay make your way towards the next bay – Pohutukawa Bay.
Just be aware that nude sunbathers have been known to frequent Pohutukawa Bay although it is not an officially designated nudist beach.
Spend as little or as long as you like at the bays and then at your leisure you can turn around and make your way back towards the car park.
The views are no less stunning on the return.
As always I am always keen for recommendations for walks in and around Auckland so throw them my way!
Have you done this walk before?