Take a ferry from downtown Auckland and explore different parts of the city by foot or bike. AKL Paths makes it easy with all the information you need about each path, as well as links to the ferry timetables. 


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Clearwater Cover Path

Start this path at the marina where you can enjoy spectacular harbour views. Follow it along the water and then step through sections of regenerating forest. Finish up your walk with a picnic on the grassy areas at Luckens Reserve before heading back to the marina. 

Devonport Waterfront Path

This is a great 40-minute walk for families with prams or scooters. Check out the architecturally acclaimed Devonport Library along your way and grab an ice-cream or coffee from one of the local shops. Finish up at Torpedo Bay, where you can admire the view from the wharf.

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Gulf Harbour Coast to Coast Path

Explore coast to coast on this 70-minute walk across the beautiful Whangaparāoa Peninsula. Follow the path around the marina, checking out the views towards Auckland city and Rangitoto Island as you go. Finish down the boat ramp at Fishermans Rock Reserve, where you can see out to Kawau Island and the Mahurangi Peninsula.

Half Moon Bay to Wakaaranga Creek Path

Take an hour-long stroll along this path above the Tamaki River, with breathtaking views out to Rangitoto Island. The path joins up a range of parks through residential streets and access ways. Finish up at the start of the Pakuranga Rotary Walkway in Wakaaranga Creek Reserve.

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Hobsonville Point Path

Go for an hour-long walk or 40-minute bike ride around Hobsonville Point, taking in the views of the waterfront as you pass The Landing and Bomb Point. You'll also see historic buildings from the old Air Force community, including old barracks and hangars along your journey.

Matiatia Headland Path

This hour and a half coastal walk on Waiheke Island has wonderful views over the Matiatia Channel to the islands of Motuihe, Motutapu and Rangitoto. You’ll pass architecturally significant homes, vineyards and ancient pohutukawa. If you’re after a scenic forest walk instead, give Matiatia to Oneroa Forest Path a go.

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Whangapoua Path

This hour and a half walk will take you on a gentle climb through regenerating forest to one of the best views on Great Barrier Island. 

There is no public transport on the island, so you will need to organise transport to get around. Make sure you read this important information about the island before you go. 

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Stay safe when you’re exploring the great outdoors – see our need-to-know information and safety code before you start exploring.

Help protect our kauri from kauri dieback disease

Kauri dieback disease is killing our precious kauri trees throughout the Auckland region. The closure of a number of tracks and the creation of some protection zones helps prevent the spread of this disease, but anyone walking in kauri forests can play their part to save these native trees. Please respect the following guidelines when visiting:

  • Always make sure shoes, tyres and equipment are thoroughly cleaned to remove all visible soil and plant material before and after visiting kauri forest
  • Always use the cleaning stations installed on major tracks.
  • Stay on the track and off kauri roots.
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times or leave them at home. 

Find out more about kauri dieback disease.

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Visitor safety

Keep safe – refer to individual tourism operators for up-to-date information on their compliance with all Health & Safety and regulatory requirements. Always follow the operator’s safety instructions. 

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