An 11km walk, taking 4 - 5 hours.
The Southern Walkway is an 11km walk along the Town Belt between Oriental Bay and Island Bay.
The total walk can be completed in 4–5 hours depending on fitness and interest.
The greatest attraction of this walkway is the variety of scenery, from views of the harbour and central city at Oriental Bay, the shade and tranquillity of the Town Belt forest to the rugged and exposed Southern coastline between Houghton and Island Bays.
Although the walk is steep in places, it is not difficult overall and is suitable for those of average fitness. Various access points from suburban streets allow you to complete the walkway in stages if you choose. From the city, take either the No.14 Kilbirnie (via Roseneath), or the No.24 Evans Bay bus to Oriental Parade (the walkway entrance is sign-posted and begins near the intersection of Oriental Parade and Carlton Gore Road); or take the No.1 bus to Island Bay (the walkway begins in Shorland Park). For bus timetable, check the Metlink website.
All along the route are numerous seats and picnic spots.
Download the brochure or check out our Welly Walks app which has images, maps and instructions for the Southern Walkway.