Auckland, New Zealand

Okura Bush Walkway

Russell Street

Need to run away from city life? The Okura Bush Walkway, in Auckland’s East Coast bay, is a tough, hilly track through the bush perfect, for a longer adventure. This out and back in the Okura Bush Scenic Reserve starts at the Haigh Access Road, crosses the Okura River, and ascends steadily until reaching Karepiro Bay. Then comes the fun part: a monster staircase you can sprint down and back up before enjoying a leisurely downhill return. If you’re feeling really ambitious, you can take the walkway all the way to Stillwater and back, but this mapped route out to the Bay and back is plenty challenging. Our map is an estimate, so check out this trail map before you go.

Trail Map
Essentials
  • 9 km (5.6 miles) out and back
  • 758 feet (!!)
  • Haigh Access Road Trailhead
  • Car needed. About 1/2 hr. drive from Auckland. Parking at the end of the Haigh Access Road