Looking for a coastal walk…this Wellington day walk makes a nice change from the bush walking tracks around Wellington. The track starts and finishes at the Onepoto Road carpark and follows the Porirua Harbour coastline to Onehunga Bay…with views across to Plimmerton and Mana Island, this easy 6.7 K walk then climbs a small hill from Onehunga Bay, down through the valley to Te Onepoto Bay and back along the foreshore to the car park. Walking time between 1 hour 20 and 2 hours.
This park has significant Maori history…at Onehunga Bay the anchor stone of the legendary Maori explorer Kupe’s canoe can be seen. Kupe left the stone, named Maungaroa, to mark the spot where his canoe beached. Its believed Maungaroa laid in the park for centuries before being moved to Te Papa for safekeeping. When walking through Onehunga Bay look for the replica which was installed by the carpark.
To print the above map, click on mapometer at the top of the map. The printing and PDF option at the bottom of this page will print or download the post except the map. Once you’ve clicked on mapometer, the link will take you to the printing or export option. If mapometer asks for your location decline, otherwise it will take you to your location and not the above map. This map also gives great information for getting to the start of the track.
If traveling by car from the North or South, turn off State Highway 1 at Porirua and follow Titahi Bay Road to where the road becomes Main Road. Turn right onto Onepoto Road and follow to the end where there is a parking area and toilets.
If using Public Transport, take the train to Porirua Station and then catch bus 220 to the bus stop at Onepoto Road.
For other walks I recommend taking food and water, however this is a very short walk…a drink bottle is all you’ll need.
For more information on what to take walking, check out my blog on hiking gear.
Expect some variation in times depending on conditions and personal fitness levels. In the summer tracks are dryer providing much firmer footing than wet muddy winter conditions. A fit walker will be able to walk this much quicker, please provide feed back if this time needs to be extended. I’ve graded this an easy walk with an average level of fitness required…great for families and kids. This track is well defined and well marked, there are no stream or river crossings and the duration of this walk is less than 2 hours.
Have a great walk 🙂