The Coastal Path connects Magazine Bay, Corsair and Cass Bay beaches, with spectacular views of Whakaraupō/Lyttelton Harbour, Ōtamahua/Quail Island and Charteris Bay opposite.
|Start||7 Park Terrace|
|Finish||Pony Point Reserve|
|Time||1 hour one way|
|Toilets||Located at Corsair Bay and Cass Bay|
Must be on leash on the tracks and under effective control on the beaches, except in summer.
Between 9am and 7pm from November to the end of February, dogs must be kept on a short leash while walking through the beaches.
This wide, well-formed track follows the coastline well above the shore. You can take a connecting path (5 minutes) to drop down to explore Magazine Bay, a small sandy beach perfect for picnics, which is home to the Thornycroft Torpedo Boat Museum (limited open hours).
Magazine Bay to Motukauatiiti-Corsair Bay – 15 minutes
Motukauatiiti-Corsair Bay to Motukauatirahi-Cass Bay – 20 minutes
Motukauatirahi-Cass Bay to Otuherekio-Pony Point Reserve – 15 minutes one way
The left-hand route sidles around above the boat sheds following the water edge before zig-zagging up to reach the summit of the point, where there is a grassy area with picnic tables and benches. There are native plantings and a pou, and great harbour views.
The return track to Cass Bay follows the fence then descends through the gum trees. You can also exit the reserve to Governors Bay Road from the top picnic area – there is a small pull-off for parking.
Get ready for this track using Plan My Walk(external link)(external link) by the NZ Mountain Safety Council. You can find track alerts, weather forecasts, trip reviews and a packing list, so you are set for your adventure.