Following a long period of closure due to the threat of kauri dieback disease spreading, the much-loved Jubilee Walk at Cornwallis Beach re-opened to the public in December 2019.
Dieback is an easily spread fungus-like organism that is killing native kauri trees throughout the Waitakere Ranges and greater Auckland area.
The Jubilee Walk was orginally opened by Judge A.R. Turner on 13 May 1990 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Cornwallis reserve.
Substantial work has been done on the track by the Auckland Council parks team during the closure to make it an ideal, entry-level walk for people of all ages.
The following photographs were taken along the walk, starting by the reserve gates (shown on the above map as the "You are here" label) and heading west.
After you have cleaned your footwear at the kauri dieback cleaning station, the track follows a recently relaid track that is gentle and easy to follow. Any minor hills and slopes are gentle and not strenuous at all. The track is suitable for nature lovers of all ages and ability.
Some track sections follow a wooden boardwalk, avoiding the uneven tree roots on the ground. Poles and rope guide rails have also been installed in places to make sure people stay on the track and avoid kauri trees.
Soon the track takes you through a small wetland area. A wire covering on the boardwalk slats provides extra grip for this section.Water from this wetland eventually makes its way to Cornwallis Beach to the east.
From beginning to end, the track can be walked in 30mins and covers a varierty of vegetation types. There are two benches for resting and enjoying the view at separate locations on the track.
The first section of the Jubilee Walk ends at a second kauri dieback shoe cleaning station. Follow the instructions at the site to ensure your footwear is clean. After the station, cross the road and enter the rectangular carpark. Walk all the way to the other side of the carpark to rejoin the track.
The track briefly heads downhill taking you to the Cornwallis Beach reserve. Walk back up the beach and a short way up the hill, towards the park gates, before you rejoin the track.
To rejoin the track, look for the commemorative plaque attached a boulder. The plaque notes the walk's official opening in 1990. A small track marker (shown above) is also present. Both these items will be on your right as you head up the hill. Don't miss this small section of track, as it features some of its most scenic locations.
As before, a wooden boardwalk is now in place over some of the more uneven ground.
The second of the rest stops (shown inset top right) offers a great place to enjoy a terrific view of the Manukau Harbour, looking out to Mangere Mountain and Puketutu Island in the distance.
You can also just make out Mill Bay through the trees to your right.
A final easy stretch up a slight incline to the north takes you back to where you started on Pine Avenue, near the main gates to Cornwallis Beach.
Cornwallis Beach Tweets
- Buy a trap
- Cornwallis high and low tide chart
- Fishing tides for Manukau Harbour
- Is Cornwallis safe for swimming?
- Facilities at Cornwallis Beach
- MPI fish and shellfish regulations
- Waitākere Ranges Local Board
- Manukau Harbour Restoration Society
- Detailed swell map for region
- Huia Settlers Museum website
- Huia & Cornwallis Ratepayers Assoc.