There’s no better way to explore Auckland than by foot. With so many sights to see and paths to pace, there are endless opportunities to enjoy our beautiful backyard.
To help make things easier for you, we’ve pulled together a list of top walks to do in north Auckland:
Tāwharanui Regional Park
Take one of the seven signposted walks at Tāwharanui Regional Park. They begin at Anchor Bay and the Lagoon and range from easy strolls to the two-hour North/South Coast Track. A favourite for many people is the two-hour Ecology Trail signposted from Anchor Bay.
Hobsonville Point Path
This 5.5km loop in Hobsonville makes for a great weekend excursion. Take in the stunning views along the waterfront, pass historic Air Force buildings, let the dog run free in the off-leash exercise area at Onekiritea Park and pop into the farmers market to enjoy locally grown produce. This walk offers something for everyone.
Gulf Harbour Coast to Coast Path
Walk 6km from coast to coast across the beautiful Whangaparāoa Peninsula. Start at the Gulf Harbour Marina and follow the path to Fisherman’s Rock Reserve. Check out the impressive boats and picturesque views towards the harbour along the way. Visit Akl Paths for more information.
Te Ara Tahuna Estuary
Wind 7.5km around the beautiful Ōrewa estuary on the Te Ara Tahuna path. It’s a flat circuit offering beautiful estuary views. Keep an eye out for the Māori carvings and tributes to the estuary's past as a significant food gathering place for Māori.
Shakespear Regional Park
The Lookout Path is a highlight of Shakespear Regional Park, an open wildlife sanctuary on the Whangaparāoa Peninsula that blends conservation, recreation and farming. Start the 2.5km path at the first car parking area at Te Haruhi Bay and follow the blue markers.
Milford to Takapuna Walk
Explore the coastline from the northern end of Milford Beach to the southern end of Takapuna Beach, taking in the rockpools, beaches and scenery on the Milford to Takapuna Walk. The route takes you along the rocky shoreline, with uninterrupted views of the Hauraki Gulf and Rangitoto Island. The walk is best at low tide as the rocks are exposed and the path is dry.
Keep our kauri standing
Help prevent the spread of kauri dieback. 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 gear. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil.
- Spray– your footwear and gear with disinfectant at every cleaning station you encounter.
- Stay– on track and off kauri roots.
Always check the Auckland Council kauri webpage before going for a walk to find out what tracks are currently closed.
Get together this February
Keep an eye on OurAuckland for other great ideas on how you can get together with friends and family this February.