Long Bay Regional ParkBeginner
Submitted by Mike Tennent
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Out and Back
Undulating, small hills only
Native bushPlantation/exotic forestBeachCoastalOpen tussock/grasslands
I ran to where the current track stops, however they are continuing the track and it may very well be open when other Wild Things are out there. I will try to get this track updated with the additional trail on my next visit. Just at the start of the run on the right is a box with park info and maps.
Starting at the carpark follow the direction of the sign towards 'Walking Trails".... the trail is more of a well groomed gravel road and as such it is easy to follow. Stay on past the first intersection where there is a sign for 'Nature Walk', but take note, you are heading that way on the way back. At just over 1km you will come to an intersection with a trail left entitled 100 Acre Track... this is a nice respite from the gravel track with a grass loop up through the regenerating native grasses and bush. Eventually you will come back out onto the gravel and turn left.
Keep following the main trail until it descends into Pohutukawa Bay and up the other side. This was where the trail was closed and I turned around. Eventually there will be about another 1.7km of trail. So then you turn around, if the tide is mostly out then you have the option of heading down the beach, however today it wasn't and so I retraced my steps except that I didn't do the 100 Acre Trail, instead I took a grass trail (which you can see clearly) up the hill and then when you get to where you first entered 100 Acre Trail, there is another trail heading towards the beach... take that. This trail takes you down a bit to the Gun Emplacement from WW2. The trail used to carry on down to the beach but is closed at the emplacement now and you follow a grass trail back to the main route. Descending back down to Long Bay, you now watch out for the Nature Trail off to the left and follow that, it will take you all the way to the beach... head out towards the surf and you should be able to skip over the stream without getting your shoes too wet and then head along the beach. At the point where you see a tree sticking out of the sand (pictured - hopefully it's still there), you head up the trail and go straight across the grass at 90 degrees to the beach, around the toilets and your carpark should be right there.
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Features of interest
Great views of Auckland Harbour, a gun emplacement and some lovely native and introduced birdlife.
Make Up of Run
Untracked / Route only: 5%
Technical Single Track: 0%
Moderate Single Track: 0%
Easy Single Track: 20%
Farm Road / 4WD Track: 0%
Gravel Road: 75%
Sealed Road: 0%
Long Bay Regional Park is at the very northern end of Beach Road which runs from Milford in the south.
Once you reach the entrance at the end of Beach Rd, enter the gate and follow the road as far as you can to the very last carpark. Alternatively you can park at the entrance and run down the beach to the start area.
Online there is info about what buses you can catch to the Reserve here
There is heaps of parking, although I imagine on a summer's weekend it will still be packed.
Make navigation of this route super-easy by using the Capra app on your phone. View on Capra .
Windproof jacket, Beanie/thermal headwear, Whistle, First aid kit, Extra food for emergencies, Cellphone, Map.
Water at the start, but that's about it.
None that I can think of.
There are quite a few clifftop areas, but they are generally fenced off and well signposted.
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