Waiheke Local

Discover - Hekerua Bay, Palm Beach

From Watters Glen, at the corner of Queens Drive and Goodwin Avenue, follow the track through Hekerua Bay Reserve to Sandy Bay. Follow Great Barrier Road to Enclosure Bay and turn right into Empire Avenue through McKenzie Reserve to Coromandel Road.

Turn left into Hauraki Road and Cory Road. Then walk to the lookout through Mawhitipana Reserve to Palm Beach. Continue along Palm Beach to Matapana Reserve and up to Matapana Road. Follow Hill Road that loops back down to Palm Beach.

  • Hekerua Bay and Enclosure Bay boast shingle beaches, rocky pools and coastal rock outcrops.
  • Hekerua Bay also has some mature pohutukawa and is good for swimming.
  • Palm Beach is a very popular white sandy beach ideal for swimming and sunbathing, with nude bathing at the western end of the beach.
  • Enclosure Bay is partially cut off from the sea by interesting rock formations, making it a very sheltered area safe for swimming.

Alternative route:
From McKenzie Reserve follow Hauraki Road to Karaka Road. Turn right into Karaka Road and then left onto Te Aroha Avenue track. This is an attractive walk through native regenerating bush. A steep track with over 100 steps becomes a 250 metre gentle decline, good walking shoes are recommended. At Hekerua Bay turn back onto the zig zag track back up to the starting point. This will cut the length of the walk by one hour.