“Pack a picnic and spend a sunny day at Long Bay Regional Park with friends and family. There’s a great walk at the end of the beach up to clifftop views of the Hauraki Gulf,”
Sir John Kirwan
Full of family-friendly beaches, Shakespear Regional Park’s walking tracks reward you with – you guessed it – some incredible views. The park is an open sanctuary protecting native wildlife, so it’s a top choice for bird watchers. Shorter walks make it ideal if you’ve got young ones with you. Shakespear sits at the end of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, always a top pick for a weekend day trip.
Le Roys Bush is a pocket of native forest right in the heart of Birkenhead on the North Shore. What used to be a ‘pipi-walk’ food trail where Māori once walked to source seafood is now an easy walking track running down the ridge from the village to the shoreline.
With its golden sands and grassy surrounds, Wenderholm Regional Park (Auckland’s first regional park) is ideal for walking, whether you feel like a slow wander or a challenging trail. Choose from five tracks through forest and areas of Māori and colonial history, leading to great views.
Scandrett Regional Park is a working farm on the north-eastern tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, with several scenic walks. The Scandretts Bay Loop runs through farmland and a former orchard with views over the bay, and Mullet Point Loop includes an old Māori pa site. The park's a 20-minute drive from Warkworth and both walks are around an hour, so it’s easy to fit in on a Sunday drive.