Okura Bush Walkway

Okura Bush Walkway



5 Rankers Reviews

4 Face-to-Face

1 Albany

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Marios Gavalas

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Boardwalk - Okura Bush
Amongst the natives....


11.7 km one-way | 3 hours one-way

The entire coastline is flanked by the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve, formed in 1995. The varied coastline harbours sandy shore communities at Karepiro Bay, inter-tidal zonation on the rocky reefs and abundant food sources for fish and birds in the mudfalts and mangroves near the Okura River.


The start of the track is signposted from the parking area at the sharp left hand corner 1.1km from East Coast Road. Stillwater is signposted 5.5km further on the right.


After 15 minutes the track bears left into the Weiti Esplanade Reserve. This follows the grass foot at the base of the cliffs and is poorly drained. It can be very boggy and muddy after periods of rain.

After 30 minutes the track reaches the mangrove forest next to arching pohutukawa on the shores of the upper Okura River.

At the signpost, the coastal route (45 minutes) is not negotiable 1 hour either side of high tide. Follow the sandy tidal flats and cross the small creek at Dacre Cottage. Follow the marker posts along Karepiro Bay for 10 minutes and climb the wooden stairway at the southern end.

For the next 1½ hours the track winds through coastal forest on a metalled surface. The track is formed and aided by steps and wooden footbridges in steeper places.

The overland route mounts a knoll, which can be muddy and slippery after rain. The southern section is very steep.


This coastline is a good example of the upper Waitemata area, exhibiting the rocks of the Waitemata series. Sandy beaches, rocky platforms, shoreline mudflats and mangroves.


The coastal forest has some unusual tree specimens. An arching pohutukawa over the track, a nikau trunk which grows in a right angle and the base of a kauri trunk that resembles the prow of a waka. A dense forest of nikaus is regenerating beneath the dense canopy.


Pied Oystercatchers and stilts fossick in the mudflats.

European History

Dacre Cottage is a lovingly restored and frequently vandalised brick building nestled on the coastal flats at the fertile mouth of a river valley. It is situated back from the beach beside a chuckling creek.

Built by a Ranulf Dacre in the 1850s, it’s interior is restored in the period of the day. Take time to read the ‘Proclamation’ on the door. Henry Dacre and his progeny farmed the area until 1963.


Feature Value Info


DOC Auckland

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Judith Goodyear

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Lovely, easy walking. Perfect for running because the track is very well maintained. Beautiful bush with historic cottage at a quiet beach at the 1/2 way point. Lovely walk just north of Auckland!

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Roeland Driessen

New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Great walk through native bush and arriving on a beautiful empty beach. Great walk!

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Good medium rated walk. Well worth doing.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ranking: 10/10

This short walk provides you in some kind of micro cosmos with a bit of everything you can find in New Zealand

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Ranking: 5/10

Very muddy and not so interesting.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Thanks to all the good people working for the NZ Department of Conservation - for all your hard work - making NZ more beautiful, accessable and healthy! Cheers 😍

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Cymen Crick

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