Explore rocky coastlines and sheltered bays. Lush native forest and wide open countryside. Pounding surf and trickling streams. Remote wildlife sanctuaries and bustling city streets. 

We’ve got thousands of walking tracks and hiking trails to explore, for every age and ability. Here are just a few to get you started.
 

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Aotea Track – Great Barrier Island

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.

Auckland City Heritage Walk

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.

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Coast to Coast Walkway

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.

Kitekite Track – Piha

An easy 45-minute track, this is a great introduction to the natural beauty of the Waitakere Ranges and suitable for all ages. Waterfalls, streams, pools and beautiful native bush, and the cascading Kitekite Falls as the star of the show. The track can easily be linked with other trails for a longer walk. 

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Hillary Trail – Waitakere Ranges

The trail is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand’s most famous mountaineer and explorer. Do the self-guided four-day tramp, or its shorter walks, and you'll be rewarded with beautiful native forest, plants, wildlife, waterfalls, spectacular coastal panoramas – and bragging rights.

Hunua Falls Upper Lookout Walk

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.

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Rangitoto Island Summit Walk

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 – Waiheke Island

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. 

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North Shore Coastal Walk

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. ​

Tiri Tiri Track – Shakespear Regional Park

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.

Tamaki Drive walk

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.

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

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