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Explore and play in south Auckland this summer

Published: 14 February 2020

Finding things to do with kids over the summer can be a challenge. Exploring Auckland’s paths is a great opportunity to combine exercise with helping the kids burn off some energy and having some fun.

Here are five paths to check out in your part of Tāmaki Makaurau. For more information or other paths to explore, head to aklpaths.co.nz

Tōtara Bridle Path

The scenic bridle path provides a great opportunity to enjoy a stroll around Tōtara Park. The wetlands and streambeds are home to local birdlife like pūkeko, kōtare (kingfisher) mallard duck, kāruhiruhi (pied shag) and kawau (black shag).

The award-winning adventure playground is themed on the classic Kiwi bach while there is a second playground with a giant tunnel slide. Take togs for the whole family during summer and have a dip in the Tōtara Park Pool at the end of your walk.

See more on Akl Paths.

Karaka Path

This path is great for pushchairs or bikes as it meanders along the edge of the Pahurehure Inlet and the suburb of Karaka. With plenty of seating along the way, there are ample opportunities to enjoy the views across the southern Manukau harbour. The path passes the playground at Milano Reserve twice so the kids can have a play both on the way out and back.

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Pāhurehure Esplanade Path

Across the southern motorway from the Karaka Path is another great path for pushchairs. A local favourite it has a beautiful boardwalk that weaves its way around the inlet. There is a playground, skate park and plenty of open space at Ray Small Park across the road from the start of the path where the kids can have a play or kick a ball around at the end of the walk.

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Seaside Park Path

This family-friendly path in Ōtāhuhu is a great path for anyone of any ability or age. There are plenty of views of the Tāmaki estuary and across the water to Mangarei / Mt Wellington while the kids will enjoy the climbing web at the playground. The palm trees dotted around the park help give a tropical feel as you wander around. For families with dogs, there is an off-leash area along the foreshore.

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Kohuora Short Loop Path

This short circuit loops around the volcanic crater that makes up the Kohoura Park. Surrounded by wetlands that are home to pūkeko, poaka (pied stilt), karuheruhe (pied shag), kotare (kingfisher) and matuku-moana (white faced heron), Kohoura Path has plenty of places to sit and enjoy the wildlife. A toddler-friendly playground and reasonably flat paths make this a great place for young families. This path is also only 5 minutes walk from the Papatoetoe Train Station.

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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. 

Find out more about protecting our kauri trees.

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