Spectacular views, a Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand revegetation project and historic sites are highlights of this walk.
Start at Matiatia wharf and follow the path to the southern end of Matiatia Bay. Cross the footbridge, follow the track uphill to the lookout on Nick Johnstone Drive and along the coastal track to Te Miro Bay.
Continue along the coast to Church Bay and when you get to the end follow the track along the fence line to the top of the hill towards Church Bay Road. Follow Church Bay Road through Alison Park to Oneroa village.
If heading back to Matiatia, turn left into Ocean View Road and follow it to the wharf to enter Atawhai Whenua Reserve and follow the lower track along the edge of the wetland to Matiatia Bay.
Option one: leave the track at Te Miro Bay and walk back to Oneroa via Nick Johnston Drive. This will cut the length of the walk by half an hour.
Option two: if you are walking your dog/s leave the track at the lookout at the top of Matiatia Bay. Follow the road to the end to reconnect with the track.
Option three: loop through Pio Rehutai Reserve at Church Bay Road. This will take you through the hills above Blackpool and Oneroa and links back to Church Bay Road. This will add half an hour to the walk. For a longer walk, from Church Bay Road walk up the private driveway with public access and take the loop back to Oneroa via Blackpool. At Blackpool there is also a loop track through Te Huruhi Reserve.