Always a busy spot
There’s a supermarket here, so you can stock up with food and drink for your trip. Walk along the edge of the marina, and continue veering to your left until you come to the marina administration building.
Since the earliest times of people in the Auckland isthmus, the Tāmaki River has been a significant waterway route. The headwaters of the Tāmaki River, some 10km upstream from here, mark the narrowest point in the isthmus between the two great harbours of Auckland – the Waitemata and the Manukau. There is only about 1km between the two. Māori people used this as a portage, to carry waka across from one harbour to the other. This is remembered today in the naming of Portage Road in Otahuhu.
Now the Tāmaki River is an important mooring site for recreational boats, and ferries to Auckland and Waiheke dock here.