Te Henga Walkway
Image: Martin Sercombe | Creative Commons

Introduction

The cliff top walk from Bethells Beach (Te Henga) to south of Muriwai Beach (or reverse) reveals stunning views of Auckland's wild west coast.

About this track

Description

Time and distance

  • Bethells Road to O’Neill’s Bay: 2.1 km / 40 min one way 
  • Bethells Road to Raetahinga Point: 4.1 km / 1 hr 20 min one way 
  • Bethells Road to Constable Road: 10.3 km / 3 hr 20 min one way 

Track categories

The Bethells Road to Raetahinga Point section is categorised as Easy: Walking track. From Raetahinga Point to Constable Road the track is Intermediate: Easier tramping track.

Track description

The track follows coastal cliffs and is rutted and steep in sections. It becomes slippery after periods of rain. Take care around old slip sites. 

From Bethells Road the Te Henga Walkway crosses the Waitakere River by footbridge, rising along a graded section, to superb views of lagoons, dunes and the west coast surf down to O’Neill's Bay, where you can return along Bethells Beach. 

To continue along Te Henga Walkway, the track climbs steeply then follows along the cliff-top where you may see gannets diving for fish. The track exits through a farm valley and another steep climb to Constable Road. Care is needed on this track, which traverses coastal cliffs and is uneven and muddy in places.

Hillary Trail

This track is part of the Hillary Trail which connects a network of existing tracks and basic backpacker campgrounds in the Waitakere Ranges.

It takes trampers through the Waitakere Ranges, past the Arataki Visitor Centre, Huia, Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Anawhata, and either winding north to Muriwai via the Te Henga Walkway, or through Cascade Kauri Park and onto Swanson.

Getting there

Bethells Beach (Te Henga) is 37 km from downtown Auckland, on the west coast. From here the track is signposted near a bridge 1 km before the end of Bethells Rd opposite Lake Wainamu carpark.

The northern entrance to Te Henga Walkway is from Constable Rd, off Oaia Rd, Muriwai. The northern entrance is 46 km from downtown Auckland.

Unfortunately there is no public transport available to either end of the track.

Know before you go

Dogs are not permitted on the tracks because of the threat they pose to stock and wildlife with the exception of certified assistance dogs. 

Track crosses private land. Keep to the track and be careful around stock.

Parts of the track may be overgrown with gorse and flax.

Contacts

Tāmaki Makaurau / Auckland Visitor Centre
Phone:   +64 9 3796476
Address:   Shed 19
137 Princes Wharf
Auckland 1010
Email:   aucklandvc@doc.govt.nz
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