Southern Walkway

A 10.6km walk, taking 4 - 5 hours.

The Southern Walkway is a 10.6km 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, around parts of the Berhampore Golf Course, 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, 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, the walkway begins in Shorland Park. 

For public transport options, check the Metlink website.


Dogs must be on leads outside dog exercise areas. Please remember to clean up after your dog and dispose of the waste appropriately.

More information

Download the brochure or check out our Welly Walks app which has images, maps and instructions for the Southern Walkway.