The Te Ara Manawa - Hobsonville/Onekiritea coastal walkway has been a work in progress since 2006. Come the weekend of the 17th of November, the new Hobsonville attraction will finally be complete. To celebrate, HLC is holding a weekend-long gala event packed with great food, coffee and plenty of entertainment. This family-friendly event is designed for all ages and abilities. The walkway forms an easy 5km loop which traces the coast of Hobsonville Point and passes through a variety of local amenities and points of interest along the way.
What’s happening on the day?
There will be plenty of food and drink options available at the event. Food trucks, coffee stops and ice cream trucks will be dotted around the walkway. There will also be a Little Creatures craft beer pop up for the adults and the Catalina Bay Farmers Market will be in full swing. Local favourites Catalina Café and Fabric Café and Bistro are both accessible from the walkway.
Four activity hubs will be dotted at various points around the walkway where there’ll be live music, plenty of food and lots of fun activities for the kids. The hubs will be located at Catalina Bay next to the ferry terminal, the Rifle Range near Te Onekiritea Point (Bomb Point), the Hobsonville Point Park playground and the historic Mill House, with plenty of noteworthy attractions in between.
Attendees have the option of going clockwise or anticlockwise around the loop and starting and finishing at any point. The walkway is relatively flat and wheel-friendly so wheelchairs, prams, and small children’s scooters and bikes are welcome (teens and adults please leave the wheels at home this time). Look out for the information boards describing all of the historical and natural features along the walkway.
What are the transport options to Hobsonville Point?
Hobsonville Point is situated roughly halfway between Albany and Westgate on State Highway 18. It’s easily accessible via the Northern or North Western motorways and takes about 20 minutes from the CBD off-peak.
From the Northern motorway take the Squadron Drive off-ramp. From the North Western motorway take the Brigham Creek exit.
There will be dedicated parking on the day. More details on where to park will be available closer to the event.
Buses run to and from Westgate, North Shore and CBD (via North Shore). Bus timetables can be accessed via www.at.govt.nz.
Over the course of the gala opening weekend, there will be a special ferry service in operation to and from the CBD (Quay Street ferry terminal via Beach Haven).