Explore the Otuatau Stonefields in Mangere, left over volcanic rock from hundreds of years ago that scatters the coastal farmland. Take a really nice coastal walk, that hugs the Manukau Harbour inlet.
You’ll follow a couple of marked tracks (some short, some longer – say 40 minutes) which leads you to the Otuataua Stonefields.
The Otuataua Stonefields itself is a 100 ha reserve, preserving the remains of stone structures dating back up to 800 years. It’s great for the kids, they will run around and explore the small terraces and rocky slopes. Great views out to the Manukau Harbour. An easy and fun way to spend a few hours. It will take about 30-45 minutes to walk.
For more information, check out the Auckland Council webpage.
We Reckon | You can reach this via the Mangere Lagoon Walk as well. You’ll pass a few isolated beaches and walk beside farmland, and over swampy marshes. It’s a lovely walk, and many take their fishing rods to try their luck on the rocks (on the earlier part of the walk). No toilets. Mind the cattle (they have right of way). This made our hitlist of Free Things to do around Auckland.
Getting to the Otuataua Stonefields | Park at the entrance (which is at the roadside at the end of Ihumatao Quarry Road). See our Things to do in Auckland map for directions.Photo Credit | Otuataua Stone Fields, Mangere