Kauri Point Domain & Soldiers Bay
Kauri Point Domain is a popular walk for everyone as it is an easy walk and you get a great view out over the upper harbour. For dog owners there is plenty of room for dogs to play, either up on the grassy area at the point, or down on the beach.
Soldiers Bay is a unique biodiversity area – from estuarine saltmarsh to a freshwater swamp forest, then to a terrestrial podocarp forest. There is also valued birdlife in the reserve, especially in and around the wetlands, so please keep your dogs to the tracks.
An easy walk underneath park pines takes you out to a shallow beach. There are plenty of small side tracks for the more adventurous to explore, either up into the pines, or out through the mangroves and saltmarsh.
There may be some kauri up in the bush, so please keep away from them and keep to the tracks.
A longer secondary track rises steeply from the southern end of the beach.
There is a large grassed area by the beach which makes it a perfect place to walk to, have a swim and a picnic lunch afterwards.