This walk offers the chance to see the sights at Waiheke’s biggest beach, ideal for family outings, safe swimming and picnicking, and a choice of refreshment establishments. The route criss-crosses the area, taking in the spectacular views from the cliffs above the beach out towards Great Barrier and Little Barrier islands and a number of local reserves. You can view mature bush remnants including a kauri and nikau grove in Victoria Reserve.
Beginning at The Strand and Fourth Avenue intersection, walk eastwards along the beach and take the steps at the end leading to Garratt Road. Turn right into Waiheke Road following it to Tin Boat Reserve (Fourth Avenue Reserve) and playground.
Take the track to Pah Road and, at the junction of Pah and Seaview Roads, follow the Jacob’s Ladder Walkway back to the beach. Turn left onto the beach, heading towards the Seventh Avenue Accessway Reserve and climb the 187 steps to reach Seaview Road.
Turn left into Seaview Road and back to the Pah Road junction. Walk along Pah Road and down the path through Tin Boat Reserve to Onetangi Beach.
Option one: the Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand offers a looped track through Onetangi Reserve. This private scenic reserve which is open to the public has five entry and exit points, and consists of mature pohutukawa, taraire, nikau palms, rimu, miro, matai, groves of kauri and grand viewing points. The forest is a site of ecological significance with a high level of species diversity.
Option two: at the intersection of Waiheke Road and Victoria Road North, walk up the hill and enter the walkway through Victoria Reserve to Marine View Road that takes you through a nikau grove. Turn right at the top and walk to the Eden Terrace corner opposite the old Crocker’s General Store, and then right again at Onetangi Road to head down the beach. Allow an extra half an hour.