When we were in Santa Clara, we made an effort to go to every county park and we made it to all 26 of them, minus the shooting range and the motorcycle ranch which we decided not to count. For Auckland, we have an equivalent plan – take every ferry from the Auckland Ferry Terminal and go for a hike on the other side. There are 13 ferries managed by Auckland Transport and this weekend we added the shortest trip of them all: Devonport.
Devonport seems like a sleepy little seaside town, which is quite odd considering it is only a 20 minute drive from downtown Auckland if you take the bridge instead of the ferry. We had a quite pleasant hike up the east coast of the north shore; it was quite convenient for us that it was low tide. The top of our hike took us to Takapuna and Lake Pupuka, the town having a large enough selection of tasty looking restaurants that we will be going up again just for the food, even if you ignored the pretty coastal hike.
All in all, a nice walk around the city and a pleasant stroll on the rocky beach. All told, we walked 35 km, which took its toll by the end of the day, but not as much as the sun. It was gray and chilly when we started, but sunny and warm for the walk home and we we a bit sun-touched by the end. Hope you enjoy the pictures. And that is 4 ferries down, around 10 left to go.
The hills overlooking the harbor are lined with a fair bit of old tunnels and artillery from the 1900-1950’s. It led to a surprisingly educational walk.
You can see me about 100 m out in the ocean, right in line with Rangitoto. Cheltanham Beach is quite shallow at low tide.
And this is the reverse image of the beach from the middle of the harbor. I was far enough out that I had to call Jasmine to talk to her, which is quite odd when you are 100 m from the coast.
Rangitoto looms large over the harbor. I can’t imagine what it looked like a couple hundred years ago when it erupted.
The picturesque rocky low tide. This beach had dozens of perfectly shaped scallop shells just laying about.
And the bike path on the way home; we were starting to get tuckered out by the time we were here and only had 10 km left to walk in the day.