The Queen's Birthday holiday on Monday 4 June is an ideal opportunity to get out, rain or shine, and explore our beautiful parks across Auckland.
You’ll be hard pushed to fit in all 4000 parks over the weekend (although the Waitākere and Hunua Ranges are out of bounds at the moment), so we thought we’d share our top picks.
Follow the Queen’s footsteps at Wenderholm Regional Park
Wenderholm is Auckland’s first regional park and is located near the picturesque Puhoi River and surrounded by forested headlands. Wenderholm has it all – a rich history, spectacular views, lots of birds for birding, boat ramp, great walking tracks and more.
Fun fact: Queen Elizabeth II visited Wenderholm and the historic Victorian-Edwardian family home, Couldrey House, as part of her New Zealand tour in 1953.
Take a walk on the flower side at Auckland Botanic Gardens
The special thing about this time of the year is that every leaf looks like a flower – bright yellows, brilliant golds and fiery oranges create a carpet under trees. Make sure you check out the Magnolia Garden – a real highlight of the Gardens in winter. The magnolia blooms range in colour from pure white to pinks to deep purple black, some are scented, and some are larger than a dinner plate.
Grab a friend and head to Western Springs Park
Western Springs Park surrounds a natural spring-fed lake, one of Auckland’s early water supplies. A highlight of this park is the Fukuoka Garden – a traditional Japanese garden with a waterfall, pond, tea pavilion and over 1800 native Japanese and New Zealand species. The garden is free to the public and is open from 10am-5.30pm in winter.
Scan the views at Scandrett
Scandrett Regional Park is perched on the north east tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula, offering expansive views across the Hauraki Gulf. The park is diverse with regenerating coastal forest, rocky headlands, a beach and a precinct of historic farm buildings.
If you want to stay the night, there are three baches you can book – Coldham Bach, Graham Bach and Moonlight Bach. Book your getaway online
Go east-side to Macleans Park
Macleans Park is a large east Auckland park that offers amazing views of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. A hero feature in this park is the 80m dual flying fox. Here you can soar down the hill, racing against each other while overlooking the picture-perfect view. Once you have finished getting your thrill ride on the flying fox, there are heaps of great walks that take you from the open green space at the top of the hill, through bush land and down to Eastern Beach. This park is also popular with pawparents.
Visit the Auckland Council website for more walks and outdoor activity ideas in Auckland.
Keep our kauri standing
Kauri dieback in Auckland is a serious problem and it’s important we all play our part to prevent the spread of the disease.
To help keep our kauri standing for future generations, the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park have been closed until further notice. Some higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park have also been closed as a proactive measure to prevent the introduction of kauri dieback disease into the park, where it has not yet been detected.
Controlled Area Notices (CANs) are in place across the currently open tracks within the forested area of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park and whole of the native forested area of the Hunua Ranges regional parkland.
Aucklanders and visitors to the region are advised to find alternatives to get out and enjoy what our beautiful backyard has to offer.
If you enter or leave a forest/area with native trees anywhere across the region, here are three easy steps you need to remember:
- Scrub – clean all soil off your footwear and other gear.
- Spray – your footwear and gear at every cleaning station you encounter. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil.
- Stay – on the designated open tracks.