• <p>Looking towards the northern end of Castor Bay beach (also known as Castor Oil Bay).</p>


Text for this tour has been kindly provided by Auckland Council

Writers have been attracted to Auckland's North Shore since the 19th century, and in the middle years of the 20th century it became a meeting point out of which a New Zealand literary identity began to emerge.

Although the surrounding area is today entirely builtup and covered in luxurious houses, Castor Bay is as tranquil as it was when it became both a sanctuary and an inspiration for so many North Shore poets, short story writers and novelists.

Terrain: Steep, hilly land. If the trail is begun at Seaview Rd, the going is mostly downhill. The walk is not circular so the return is uphill. The northern end of Milford and the Castor Bay area is hilly. Beach Rd, which leads from the Wairau Creek mouth to Castor Bay, also rises steeply.

Duration: Minimum of one hour.

Parking: Available on Seaview Rd and Rangitoto Tce.

Privacy: The walks are along public roads and contain historical facts about the buildings and the area. Most of the sites on the walks are private property and many are used as private residences. Please respect the environment and the privacy of local residents, and do not trespass on private property.

Text for this tour is Copyright Auckland Council.