“Waitawa Regional Park only opened a couple of years ago and it has some amazing views out to the islands, good coastal walks, and a beautiful beach with calm water for swimming or kayaking.”
Sir John Kirwan
Omana Regional Park is ideal for a family day out, with a safe swimming beach, rock pools to explore, a cool playground, and picnic and barbecue sites available to book. You’ll meet plenty of sheep, chickens and goats and you might even get to feed the lambs in spring.
Waitawa Regional Park has only been open to the public for two years, and now has walking, horse riding and mountain biking tracks through varied landscapes. As well as beautiful views, Waitawa has a sheltered golden bay for swimming and kayaking, and excellent fishing spots.
For a park closer to the city, head to Macleans Park and Eastern Beach. The walk from the top of the hill will take you through gully areas full of native birds through to the white-sand beach. Great views of the Hauraki Gulf for you and a flying fox and playground for the kids.