Walks in Auckland: Dingle Dell

Walks in Auckland: Dingle Dell

This walk begins and ends at the seaside village of St Heliers which has an interesting array of shops and cafes along the edge of Tamaki Drive. We head inland from the beach front, through Madills Farm where dogs can run leash free or children can stop and play at the playground. Then up along residential streets to enter Dingle Dell’s peaceful tracks amongst New Zealand native bush, before returning to St Heliers.

Description: A mix of level paths, gradual inclines and bush tracks. Not wheel-friendly. Suitable for users of average fitness and mobility. May require boots in wet weather, running shoes suitable in dry weather.

To see: Sea/harbour views, beach, residential homes, native bush, views of Mt Victoria and North head.

Time: approx. 60 minutes.

Parking: Along Tamaki Drive, St Heliers (note Parking Time Zones)

Buses: Stop 7344, 7345 Tamaki Drive, St Heliers. Public transport Journey Planner.

Cafés: Various along Tamaki Drive, St Heliers (View Auckland recommends Kahve at 401 Tamaki Drive).

Public toilets: On Tamaki Drive, Maddills Farm and Dingle Road entrance to Dingle Dell.

Children’s playgrounds: Corner of Maddills Farm and Allum Street. Tables available along waterfront, Maddills Farm and in Dingle Dell area

Dogs: Off and On leash areas

St Heliers Dingle Dell is a quiet, restful area for a picnic or bush walk located in the heart of the eastern suburbs and in beautiful native bush surroundings.

In 1933 a selection of natives plantings were undertaken including pohutukawas, tree ferns, rimu, totara, nikaus, tanekaha and kohekohe, resulting in the current fine stand of kohekohe and tanekaha at the head of the valley.

The dell contains an extensive track network through the trees, while maintaining an open grassed area off Dingle Road. Wander through this fabulous array of native trees and enjoy the song of the Dell's vibrant bird life.

Nearby Attractions: Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World, St Helier’s Village and Beach, and St Heliers Art & Craft Market (first and third Sundays of every month from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM).

Starting from Tamaki Drive:

1. Head towards the city along the waterfront promenade.

2. Just past the St Heliers Yacht Club cross Tamaki Drive at the pedestrian crossing.

3. Go straight ahead along Sage Road.

4. Cross Melanesia Road into Maddills Farm (now a sports field).

5. Follow the path to the left around Maddills Farm (dog off-leash area).

6. Turn left at junction and exit just past the children’s playground.

7. Cross Allum Street, turn right and then left into Tarawera Terrace.

8. Keep walking along this road until the junction with Long Drive.

9. Cross Long Drive, turn left follow the footpath.

10. Where the footpath splits into lower and upper, take the lower to Dingle Dell.

11. Cross the road to the Dingle Dell entrance (Dingle Dell Long Drive Walkway), follow the path down the steps.

12. Turn right for the Scenic Bush Walk.

13. Continue to follow the straight ahead arrows for the Scenic Bush Walk (ignore the short cuts).

14. Follow the next two ’Fern Glen Road South’ signposts.

15. Then follow the ‘Dingle Road’ signposts.

16. Walk down Dingle Road.

17. Turn right into The Parade.

18. Turn right into Goldie Street (runs beside the Bowling Club).

19. The turn right again into Tamaki Drive – stroll along until you find a café to your liking.

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