Route length: 10km one way or 20km return.
Time: 5 hours +/- (round trip)
Car parking: Yes.
One of my all time favorite walks is located in my neighbourhood. This one takes me out along the Whangaparaoa Peninsula and along the coastline all the way from Big Manly Beach to Army bay, and back again. I love the varied scenery on this hike - you get lovely homes, stark cliff faces, lonely stretches of rocky shoreline, and fabulous deserted white sandy beaches, all within 10 kms! How awesome is that!?
When doing this walk, Army Bay is the half way point for me. Although I turn around and make my way back along the coast line, Army Bay would work just as well as a finish point for those looking for a walk of shorter distance or less time. You could arrange to have someone drop you off at the Big Manly start point and pick you up at the Army Bay car park.
A few things to note about this walk.
- Pick your tide! I have been caught out more than once by either leaving too early, or too late! Pick a big tide to give yourself plenty of time.
- If you are unsure of the tide, or how quickly it is coming in, you can get off the coast at Fisherman’s Cove - this is 7 kms from Manly Beach, and the last clear exit point before getting to the end.
- Try to walk well away from the cliff face to avoid small rock and rubble that can come down.
- Watch your footing! The rocks can get slippery.
- I generally do this walk on a bigger tide, and leave the North End of Big Manly beach 1.5 - 2 hours BEFORE low tide.
- Children may require help at certain sections of the walk.
- There are public toilets at Manly Beach, Tindalls Beach and Army Bay.
Click The button below for a Google Maps view of the Big Manly Beach start point.