Timings : 7 days a week (7:00 AM to 6:00 PM)
Time Required : All year round
Entry Fee : Free of Cost
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Ranging from Waitemata Harbour to Manukau, the Coast to Coast Walk is a 16 km hike through Auckland. The walk gives one a glimpse of Maori culture and the breath-taking natural beauty of Auckland. The Coast to Coast walk gives you glimpses of hills, gardens, spectacular architecture and rich heritage enveloped in a mind-boggling topography. This walkway shows you the best that Auckland has to offer from museums to colleges, sports clubs, volcanic sites, the iconic Cornwall Park and the One Tree Hill. New Zealand’s narrowest stretch of land is the isthmus of Auckland. The isthmus is 9 km from north to south and a little less than 2 km east to west. This small terrain that connects Waitemata Harbour and the Pacific Ocean to Manukau Harbour and the Tasman Sea was used by the Maoris for porting canoes. It offers the greatest inland waterway in New Zealand, the Waikato River. The Coast to Coast Walk also passes through Cornwall Park and One Tree Hill Domain.
3000 acres of isthmus land was acquired by New Zealand’s first governor, Captain William Hobson from the Ngati Whatua chiefs in the year 1840. The land has a triangular base stretching 12 km approximately along Waitemata southern shore with Maungawhau or the Mount Eden at the apex. However, the Maoris continuously fought for land and converted volcanic cones into pa sites (their indigenous residential area).
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