Day 59; Takapuna Beach – Newmarket

3.5 hours.

We set off across Takapuna Beach today into another amazingly sunny day. After crossing the beach the trail took us through more suburb streets and along another handful of lovely little bays before arriving at the headland alongside Devonport. At the headland the trail took us up and around past old defense cannons and tunnels and eventually out to Devonport and its ferry terminal. We stopped here for a bite to eat while awaiting our ferry across to Auckland city. It feels amazing to have finally got here!

The ferry ride across was quick and we were suddenly thrust into the Auckland CBD. We followed the trail through the city streets and it took us through the Auckland Domain to Newmarket. We stopped at the Bivouac store here to replace Neil’s sleeping mat and get a few bits and pieces. By the time we’d done this it was late afternoon so we bus’ed ahead to Ambury Regional Park where we were camping for the night.

Ambury was nice and had a good wee camping ground. It was set amongst a farm area with heaps of information on all the animals that were about for city kids who don’t get to spend time on real rural farms. We set up our tent near the fence line of the camping area and settled in for the night. Made some couscous for dinner and Moro bars for dessert  – yum 🙂

Takapuna Beach.
View out to Rangitoto Island from one of the beaches enroute.
Walking along the shelly beach coming up to the heads near Devonport.
Another cannon on the hill.
Looking out towards Auckland from the heads.
Old defense tunnels in the heads.
Thrust into the Auckland CBD after disembarking from the Devonport Ferry.
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