Time: 1.5 hours (one-way)
Distance: 2.8 km
Starting at the end of Stuart Road in McLeods Bay, a surfaced walkway follows the coast along the edge of a Department of Conservation reserve. This is an easy section to walk with only a few steps along the route.
At the bottom of the Matuku street, a bridge crosses the creek and the walkway passes over a grassy area before turning left up into Norfolk Avenue.
Two impressive Norfolk Pine trees mark the start of the reserve and the walkway continues here on the other side of the playground, going down some steps to Reotahi Road.
Turning right leads up to the car park at the end of Beach Road where there are public toilets.
From the car park, the walkway continues past the Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve, named after Motukaroko Island within it.
The path is an easy grade and mostly surfaced as it passes through the remains of the old freezing works which operated between 1910 and 1921, exporting frozen meat to England.
The walkway continues on towards Little Munro Bay, passing the track up to Mount Aubrey on the left about 300 metres before the end.