Maori catching godwits with tree branches, as the birds flew over the saddle at the Green Bay end of Whau portage. Godwits fly the short distance between the Waitemata and Manukau harbours daily to feed on the mudflats at low tide. The Ancient History of the Maori, 6 Volumes (Government Printer: Wellington), by J. White, 1887-1891. From Green Bay to Gondwanaland
Oatoru Bay is a secretive little spot on the shores of the Manakau Harbour. Access at low tide is possible by walking the rocks / mud flats from Wood Bay. If taking this route, beware that the rocks are very slippery and the mud can be very soft. A more direct route exists from Takahe Rd through a thin strip of reserve, and makes for a pleasant bush walk. The track is not maintained, and is likely to get very muddy in winter.
La Rosa Reserve, Green Bay after completion of daylighting the stream, which had been piped. Now there is a pleasant stream-side walkway. Opening day November 2013. See more at http://www.ecomatters.org.nz/projects/stream-restoration/la-rosa-daylighting-project/