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.
Although the walk is steep in places, it is not difficult overall and is suitable for those of average fitness.
To keep to the track, follow the pink bollards that will guide you along the entire walkway.
The greatest attraction of this walkway is the variety of scenery, from views of the harbour and central city at Oriental Bay, to the shade and tranquility of the Town Belt forest, and the rugged and exposed Southern coastline between Houghton Bay and Island Bay.
All along the route are numerous seats and picnic spots.
Where to start the walk
Various access points from suburban streets allow you to complete the walkway in stages if you choose.
Walk from north to south from Oriental Parade
To complete the entire route from north to south, take either the No.14 Kilbirnie bus (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.
Walk from south to north from Shorland Park
To complete the walk from south to north, take the No.1 bus to Island Bay.
The walkway begins in Shorland Park.
For bus timetables, check the Metlink website.
Download the brochure or check out our Welly Walks app which has images, maps and instructions for the Southern Walkway.