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Great walks around Auckland

Published: 18 December 2019

Get active this summer and make the most of what Auckland has to offer by taking a walk along some of our most scenic tracks and walkways.

The Akl Paths website lists walks and cycle tracks across the region, filterable by location, amenities, track type and more.

Here are just a few of the highlights from around Tamaki Makaurau:

Rangitoto Island Summit Walk (3 hours)

There’s a reason Rangitoto is a famous Auckland destination. The island offers a unique volcanic landscape, interesting military history and some of the best views of the city and the Hauraki Gulf. All you have to do is catch a ferry and then puff your way through the one- to two-hour walk to the summit. Coming down is much quicker.

Long Bay Regional Park Coastal Walk (2.5 hours)

This 5.8km walk will take you over two long sandy beaches and along coastal paths with impressive views of the Hauraki Gulf and its islands. At low tide you can walk back along the coast to Long Bay.

Duder Sustainable Path (1.5 hours)

This 4km walk in the regional park is a fun and practical way to learn about sustainable farming and takes you alongside wetland ecosystems, parkland and sections of regenerating coastal bush. If you’re inspired, consider joining an Auckland Council volunteer day to help out with planting and conservation work. There’s even an orienteering course.

Āwhitu Regional Park Walk (1.5 hours)

This 4km walk is family friendly and takes you through wetlands and sandy areas while offering views of the Manukau Harbour and historic cottages and homesteads.

Kitekite Falls Track 13(1.5 hours return)

The falls are spectacular, and less than an hour away from the city centre. Stop at the end of Glenesk Road in Piha and follow the track until you hear the sound of water. Just remember to scrub your boots, spray them, and stick to the path to stop the spread of kauri dieback disease.

West Auckland is an area strongly affected by kauri dieback disease and it’s important we all play our part to prevent the spread of the disease.

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 open tracks and off kauri roots.

Always check the Auckland Council kauri webpage before going for a walk to find out what tracks are currently closed. 

Read more: Summer Walkways

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