The great outdoors

“Awhitu Peninsula is a bit of an undiscovered beauty – the drive is about an hour and a half south east of the city centre, so it’s good for a Sunday road trip and the views on the way are just amazing.”

Sir John Kirwin

Māori heritage sites

Follow the trail up the ancient volcanic cone of Mangere Mountain for 360-degree views and take a look down into the crater, then explore the remains of former Māori settlements at Otuataua Stonefields dating back more than 800 years.

Manukau Heads Lighthouse

Take a road trip to the historical Manukau Heads Lighthouse, one of only a few in New Zealand still open to the public, and take in the sweeping views across to the Waitakere Ranges and west coast. The lighthouse sits at the tip of Awhitu Peninsula and is one of only a few in New Zealand open to the public – the ideal Sunday drive.

Karioitahi Beach

Karioitahi is a rugged, beautiful black-sand beach on the west side of Awhitu Peninsula. There’s heaps to do here – horse riding, surfing, blokarting, paragliding, hang gliding and 4 wheel driving. If you’d rather keep it chilled out, take a walk and leave the action behind, or go fishing with the locals. This is what weekends are made of.

Runway Mountain Bike Park

Hire a bike on site at Natural High and explore the new Runway Mountain Bike Park near Auckland Airport. The park is family friendly, but with plenty of features to keep experienced mountain bikers happy.

Ambury Regional Park

Wander through Ambury Regional Park, a working farm where kids can get up close to the goats, cows and rabbits – you can even feed the lambs in spring. Afterwards, take the short Lost Gardens Walk to see remnants of early Māori stone mounds once used for gardening.

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