There are many places to access this walkway. To complete the whole walk, begin from the ‘lightning bolt’ bridge on the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway at the East End Reserve, at the eastern end of Buller St.
A concrete path takes you under the railway bridge on the eastern side of Te Henui River. Follow this past the bowling club, cross the river and go left to follow the river past the croquet greens. Before going under the Devon Street Bridge you are likely to encounter hungry ducks waiting for an offering.
Continue beside the river, under the Northgate bridge and below Te Henui Cemetery. This is an attractive area in spring with its many rhododendrons. A bridge takes you over the river again, back onto the east side where you stay until Cumberland St.
Other than where the walkway narrows to a single lane track, where there are some steps over a rise, the walkway is wide enough for a vehicle. As such it is popular with cyclists. At Cumberland St you can head back to the coast on the other side of the river.
You can continue south to the end of the walkway (another 1.5km) which is very scenic and worth the walk. You need to cross both Cumberland St. and the river, carrying on over what eventually narrows to a track with a reassuring sign that you are going the right way! The track winds its way along before crossing the river and beginning to climb up the 56 steps to Durham Ave.
To walk a loop back to Cumberland St. (and then back to the coast) walk down Durham Ave, left at Junction Rd, left at Puketotara St. and left at Heta Rd. Heta Rd. is now extended down to Cumberland St. There is also a walkway that links from London Tce to Heta Rd.