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Get active out west this summer

Published: 14 February 2020

Make the most of summer by getting outdoors and exploring all of the great beaches, paths and cycleways that Auckland has to offer.

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

Henderson Creek Path

This path links the Northwestern Cycleway with the Henderson shops as it weaves its way along the banks of the Henderson Creek. The highlight of this path is the treetop-themed playground at Tui Glen Reserve, which is rated as one of the best playgrounds in the region.

This path connects to the Opanuku Path and Art Trail at the Corban Estate Art Centre meaning you can make it all the way to the foothills of the Waitakere Ranges.

See more on Akl Paths.

Parrs Park Path

Flat and paved, this path is a great one for beginner cyclists and good for children to learn to ride. With a playground and water play area on the western side of the park and plenty of room to kick a ball around Parrs Park Path is a great opportunity to get the whole whānau out. Head out on Saturday morning to take in the Oratia Farmers Market as well, just a few minutes’ walk from the park.

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Olympic Park Path

Olympic Park Path is situated in New Lynn’s international award-winning Olympic Park. The path is sealed so is ideal for wheelchairs and for teaching the kids to ride a bike or scooter. Olympic Park has multiple play areas and also a half court for the basketball fans in the whanau. Keep an eye out for some of the art work scattered along the path.

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Sanders Reserve Park Path

For something different take the whanau out to Sanders Reserve and enjoy the path. Primarily a mountain bike and horse walking area, there are plenty of paths to explore. Mostly gravel, and covering 22km, the multiple path options give you plenty of options to explore mature and regenerating forest enjoy great views upper Waitematā harbour.

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Hobsonville Point Path

Based at the old Hobsonville Air Force Base, Te Ara Manawa weaves its way around the point’s coastline. The walk is mostly flat terrain and you can do the whole loop or parts of it. Take in the stunning views as you explore the unique history of this part of Auckland. Finish off with a coffee or a cool beverage in the old hangers by the ferry terminal that have been repurposed for restaurants, cafes and bars.

Visit Akl Paths for more.

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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