Auckland’s parks are the perfect way to discover the diversity and beauty of our landscapes.

Stroll across rolling grasslands or trek through dense native rainforest. Take in the views from a rugged clifftop or settle in for a picnic on a golden-sand beach. 

Regional parks
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Ambury Regional Park

Ambury is a working farm, so it’s popular with families keen to get up close to the animals. Afterwards, take the short Lost Gardens Walk to see remnants of early Māori stone mounds once used for gardening. 

Awhitu Regional Park

An hour’s drive from the city centre, Awhitu makes a great day trip, with two tranquil white-sand beaches, sheltered picnic and barbecue spots, and a number of walking, mountain biking and horse riding tracks. 

Duder Regional Park

Add this to your itinerary if you’re taking a day trip to Clevedon or Whitford in Auckland’s east. The park has several beaches with safe swimming and a number of walks and mountain biking tracks with superb coastal views. 

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Hunua Ranges Regional Park

The largest native forest in the Auckland region, Hunua is home to thriving native wildlife, beautiful waterfalls and more than 450 species of plants. Choose one of the many walks, ranging from easy to challenging, and don’t miss the Hunua Falls.

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 (book in early 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. The park is an open sanctuary for threatened native wildlife, so it’s also one of the region’s best spots for bird watching.

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Tapapakanga Regional Park

Tapapakanga is a working coastal farm as well as a regional park, particularly popular with walkers, birdwatchers and kayakers. Kayakers: stay at the campground and explore the coastline at leisure; walkers: take the Historic Loop Track past the Māori pä site and historic stone fields.

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.

City parks
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Auckland Botanic Gardens

With more than 10,000 plants from around the world, you’ll see something different every season, from spring’s magnificent magnolia blossoms to autumn’s golden leaves. Discover the modern sculptures, have a picnic by the lake, or lunch at the onsite café.

Cornwall Park

Close to the city centre, Cornwall Park is the perfect day out. Walk up One Tree Hill – Maungakiekie, one of Auckland’s 48 volcanic cones and a significant cultural and historical site. Perfect for a walk and a picnic or stop in for lunch at the café.

Auckland Domain

Built on an extinct volcanic crater, take a stroll through Auckland’s oldest park. Have a picnic under a tree, visit Auckland Museum and see the exotic plants and flowers at the Wintergardens.  

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Michael Joseph Savage Memorial Park

A short drive or scenic walk along the waterfront from downtown Auckland, this park is the spot for gorgeous views of the Hauraki Gulf. The beautifully manicured gardens and memorial are a tribute to Michael Joseph Savage, New Zealand’s first Labour Prime Minister. 

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.

Help protect our kauri from kauri dieback disease

Kauri dieback is an incurable disease threatening our native kauri trees.

Here’s how you can help protect our kauri for future generations:

  • Scrub – clean all soil off your footwear, tyres and other gear, every time you enter or leave a forest/area with native trees.
  • Spray – your footwear and gear at every cleaning station. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil.
  • Stay – on the designated open tracks; never step on kauri roots.
  • Keep your dog on a leash at all times or leave them at home.

Find out more about kauri dieback

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