This page contains information about the Waimahanga walkway in Onerahi along a former railway route which passes through mangrove swamp and coastal margin on an easy grade.
16/12/2013 10:34 a.m.
These are very easy series of walks on the edge of the Onerahi township.
Boswell's Track follows the course of a disused railway line which was the link between the former wharf at Onerahi, where quarried limestone was one of the products brought ashore, and the Port Road area of Whangarei. A 300 metre timber bridge across the harbour, called the Gull Roost, linked the two during its years of operation between 1911 and 1933. A 10 metre lifting span allowed boats to pass through.
The track surface is level and metalled and suitable for less able people. The Waimahanga walkway passes through an inter-tidal zone dominated by mangroves and the associated wildlife is of special interest.
Times given are for walking the tracks one way only.
Time: 45 minutes
Distance: 2.5 km
From the northern end of Waimahanga Road, Boswell's Track changes in character from bush to mangrove. After about 1 kilometre, there is a link to George Point Road. The link to Waverley Street is a 150 metres further on.
The walkway then passes over the George Point footbridge and then a further footbridge before making a left then right turn to emerge onto Cockburn Street.
Waverley Street link
Time: 20 minutes
Distance: 1 km
The Waverley Street Link is well marked from Boswell's Track. It crosses a quaint swing bridge and a number of boardwalks as it follows the edge of the tidal zone between bush and mangroves. The walkway emerges opposite the kindergarten.
George Point Road link
Time: 10 minutes
Distance: 150 metres
The George Point Road Link is fairly steep with numerous steps to assist the climb. There is a bench at the top to rest and admire views over the harbour. There is a small recreational reserve to be crossed adjacent to George Point Road.
Circular walks are possible using the streets of Onerahi as links.
Follow the link below to download a printable map of the tracks.
Waimahanga walkway map [156kb]
What to expect
These tracks are all weather and accessible to most; but the George Point Road Link does have a large number of steps. They are very popular and well used routes that are well defined and marked.
How to get to the Waimahanga walkway
The most usual start point is at the end of Waimahanga Road which can be reached by car from Whangarei by following the route signposted to the Airport. About 5 kilometres from Whangarei, a right turn into Old Onerahi Road leads to Waimahanga Road.
Waimahanga Road is a no exit road and there is public car parking at the end of it and also at Waverley Street and Cockburn Street.