A favourite, all-season track through low coastal scrub, the Mercer Bay Loop Walk is a great spot to clear the cobwebs. Stop and watch the sunset or introduce visiting friends and relations to the wild west coast of Auckland. The track makes its way along the top of the highest sea cliffs in the Auckland region and provides great views north towards Muriwai and south to Whatipu.
There is a great spot for a picnic on calm days about half way around the loop. If you are walking the whole loop, the climb back to the carpark is constant and can be slippery if wet. Elderly or walkers with moderate fitness levels should allow extra time.
Note: This track has a number of natural features that may pose increased risk to visitors. Please stay away from cliff edges and keep to the track. Do not climb barriers and take notice of signs and closure notices.
Mercer Bay Loop Walk details
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||Yes. The track has a gravel surface but is narrow in some locations. The first part of the track may be suitable for an offroad pram (turn around at the first cliffside barrier, where the track begins to descend). However, you will need to push the pram up a short climb back to the carpark. Please ensure you take extra care near track edges and lookouts.
From the parking area by the site of the World War II radar station (now a navigation beacon) at the end of Log Race Road, the gravel walk passes through regenerating bush and leads around Takatu Head with views over Piha and the Tasman Sea. Walk loops inland then climbs steadily up a small valley to a gate on the southern side of Log Race Road parking area. A short branch tracks joins Te Ahua Point with Ahu Ahu Track.
What to expect
Short walks are suitable for most people including families with young children and some mountain buggies; however, please check the individual track descriptions for detail. All short walks are part of the path classification of tracks and are suitable for people of most ages, mobility and fitness.
Short walks will:
Have easy to moderate grades with all weather track surfaces.
Have a high level of signage with directional signs at the track entrance and all junctions.
Have permanent water courses culverted or bridged.
Short walks may:
Have seats and viewing platforms at areas of interest.
Have limited numbers of steps or areas of broken surface.
Theft from vehicles is not common but unfortunately can happen.
You should take the same reasonable precautions you take when parking at other locations and remember to lock your vehicle and take your valuables with you.