Long Bay Regional Park
Get out on the water for kayaking or swimming, then chill out in the shade with a picnic, throw a ball around, or book a barbecue site if you’ve got a big group (early bookings are advised in summer). The playground’s an added bonus, complete with flying fox.
Shakespear Regional Park
As well as Shakespear’s sheltered family-friendly beaches, it’s a great spot for fishing, kayaking and boating, and the walking tracks reward you with some amazing views. A sanctuary for threatened native wildlife makes it great for bird watching.
Waitākere Ranges Regional Park
The Waitākere Ranges is a weekend favourite with Aucklanders. There's everything from waterfalls, hikes through native forest, rugged clifftops with views for days and wild black-sand beaches and surf. Drop in at the Arataki Visitor Centre for information on hikes, learn about the flora and fauna and check out the epic view across the ranges and out to the coast.
Tāwharanui Regional Park
Tāwharanui is one of the best places to see New Zealand’s natural beauty. Do as much or as little as you like – swimming, surfing, snorkelling and diving at Anchor Bay, a stroll on the soft white sand, mountain biking or walking. Stay overnight in the park's campground and wake up to a sunrise over the beach - book up early in the summer months as it's a popular spot!
Central Auckland's Albert Park is a great spot for a lunchtime picnic, evening stroll or wiling away an afternoon under a tree with a good book. With its fountain, pretty gardens and outdoor events, festivals and art exhibitions it's a popular park for locals and visitors.
Built on an extinct volcanic crater, take a stroll through native bush trails, wide-open fields or one of the gardens at Auckland’s oldest park. Have a picnic under a tree, visit Auckland War Memorial Museum and see the exotic plants and flowers at the Wintergardens.
Western Springs Park
Bordering both the Auckland Zoo and the Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT), this is the perfect place for a walk or a picnic. Watch the swans and ducks on the lake and roaming around the open lawns too, walk or cycle the snaking paths, head to an event at Western Springs Stadium or watch a race at the Speedway.