This walk is ideal for visitors wanting to take in as much of the island as possible without venturing too far from the ferry and Oneroa Village. It provides stunning vies out over the Hauraki Gulf and to inland parts of western Waiheke.
Church Bay was the site of the first church and mission built on Waiheke Island in 1833.
The old wharf at Matiatia is the starting point for this walk which heads through the Matietie Historic Reserve around the waterfront to Cable Bay. Continue on the track around to Owhanake Bay. Follow the green and yellow marker posts from Island Bay to Korora Road until you reach Oneroa Bay. Continue south along Korora Road then turn onto Ocean View Road to return to Matiatia wharf.
The World War II pillboxes and terraces of an ancient headland pā adjacent to Delamore Drive are worth viewing. The side trips offer small areas of native bush, a scenic reserve, and the Forest and Bird Society’s Atawhai Whenua Reserve across Ocean View Road.
Option one: from Matiatia Bay, head up the hill to Delamore Drive. Walk across the road and down the track to Owhanake Bay. This will cut the length of the walk by one hour
Option two: At Matiatia Bay, walk along Ocean View Road. Climb the scenic reserve track to Delamore Drive down into the eastern end of Owhanake Bay.