Experience the island’s wild beauty on this two-to-three-day walk. Looping the island’s central mountainous area, you’ll walk through pristine native forest, with top spots including Kaitoke Hot Springs, Windy Canyon lookout and historical sites. And the views are simply incredible.
This easy 1.5-hour walk gives you a glimpse into one of the city’s most historically significant areas, taking in beautiful heritage buildings including the Civic theatre and the Town Hall. Perfect for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.
The coastline of Auckland’s North Shore is a popular walking spot, with its string of sheltered bays and white sandy beaches. The entire walk takes around seven hours, but you can choose to start and finish anywhere if you’re short on time – try Milford to Takapuna and stop for a swim.
The beautiful Hunua Falls is one of the most popular spots for walkers in the bush-clad Hunua Ranges in Auckland’s east. An easy 30-minute walk, it climbs from the Wairoa River below the falls through beautiful lush forest, along a shady stream to an excellent lookout platform.
Some of Auckland’s best views await at the summit of Rangitoto Island, at 260 metres above sea level. Walk up the volcanic cone, through lava crops and pohutukawa forest – once you’re at the summit, take a short side trip and peer into the vast crater.
Stony Batter Historic Reserve, at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, is named for its unusual rocky outcrops and is the site of extensive tunnels and gun emplacements dating back to WWII. An easy 1.5-hour walk suitable for the whole family.
There are few places in the world where you can walk from one ocean to another in just four or five hours. Walk through city and suburban streets, parks and volcanic cones for great 360-degree views, and discover some of our Māori and colonial history.
Explore Shakespear Regional Park’s native bush, beaches, birdlife and amazing views of the Hauraki Gulf, including Rangitoto Island and Tiritiri Matangi Island. The track takes about two hours so there’s plenty of time for a picnic or a swim afterwards.
Walking along Tamaki Drive is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of Auckland’s amazing harbour setting. This walk curves along the waterfront from downtown Auckland, taking in a number of gorgeous eastern beaches, finishing at St Heliers.
Te Araroa Trail runs the length of New Zealand, from Cape Reinga in the North Island to Bluff in the South Island. The Auckland sections cover diverse landscapes – rural countryside, rocky coastline, sandy suburban beaches and even the city centre’s main street. Do part of it, or challenge yourself to the full five-month trail.
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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.
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