“Keeping up my fitness is really important and it’s nice to get outside for a walk or run around Mount Eden or One Tree Hill – I never get sick of the views from up there.”
Sir John Kirwan
Some of our best short walks – particularly if you’re after incredible panoramic views – are up and around our volcanic cones. Mount Eden - Maungawhau, One Tree Hill - Maungakiekie, Mount Hobson - Ōhinerau, Mount Albert - Ōwairaka and Mount Roskill - Puketāpapa are all central volcanoes that are easily accessible on foot, and on some, you’ll find remnants of former Māori settlements.
Auckland Domain is built on an extinct volcanic crater and is the city’s oldest park. If you’ve ever visited Auckland Museum, you’ll know right outside is the best spot for harbour views, but take the time to explore one of the walking tracks through huge old trees, past duck ponds and along shaded paths – and don’t miss the cherry blossoms in spring.
Feel like a Sunday stroll (or power walk) along the water’s edge? Head along Tamaki Drive from downtown and stop at one of the four beaches along the way. All the views are impressive (sparkling water, city skyline, Rangitoto Island) but if you want to take it up a notch, walk up Bastion Point and take a breather in the gardens at Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park.
Bordering both the Auckland Zoo and the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), Western Springs Park is the perfect place for a walk or a picnic afterwards – playground included. Kids love seeing the swans and ducks on the lake and roaming around the open lawns too, and there’s plenty of shade for sunny days.
Forget the weekend housework – walking across the country in five hours is far more satisfying. Take the Coast to Coast Walkway from the Viaduct in the Waitamata Harbour to Manukau Harbour, crossing parks, historic suburbs and volcanic cones in some of our most culturally significant natural and heritage areas.