Location: South coast, The Esplanade
Suitable for: Short walks, picnics, dogs
Brief description: Houghton Bay is just around the corner from sheltered Princess Bay, but is exposed to big southerly swells that can cause a dangerous undertow. Unlike Princess Bay, it can be unsafe for swimming. Surfers can sometimes be seen when conditions are good.
Parking: Off-road car park next to beach
Toilets and changing facilities: None
Accessibility: Short sand path to beach
Dogs: Off-leash dog exercise area:
Dog Exercise Map - Houghton Bay Beach (114KB PDF)
Features: Houghton Bay is the first point where the Southern Walkway meets the coast. It is a short walk up Houghton Valley Road to Sinclair Park, where a track leads up to Buckley Road and outstanding views. There is also a track on the right side of the road that leads to View Road Park and the Te Ranga a Hiwi Track.
Fires: At Houghton Bay, you can have an open fire or non-gas barbecue if you have a fire permit.