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Explore our region this summer

Published: 21 January 2021

Explore our region this summer and take your pick of Auckland's stunning beaches, bush, maunga and walkways.

Take a look at the options below and get your summer sorted:

Paths and walkways

Discover hidden gems in your area or go further afield and explore our regional parks, waterway tracks and coastal paths.

Take a look at these great resources to get you started:

If you're looking for a specific path in your area, or want to search across the region, visit the AKL Paths website.

Climb our maunga

Tāmaki Makaurau is blessed with a multitude of maunga with many located on the isthmus.

With so many dotted across the region, there is one near to most Aucklanders so why not consider exploring one of the maunga closest to you.

Take a look at our list here.

Explore kauri bush

The fight against kauri dieback disease continues, but many of our parks and paths have reopened to walkers, giving Aucklanders an up-close look at our magnificent forests.

Rediscover a kauri walk near you this summer

Hit the beach

Growing up in Auckland means spending summers at the beach. With rock pools, shelly bays and pōhutukawa-fringed paddling pools, the region offers a wealth of kid-friendly seaside experiences.

Pack your sunblock and take a look at our pick of five sheltered family-friendly beaches.

Plan a summer getaway with your friends and family with our pick of bookable campsites and holiday homes: Five easy summer getaways

Family bike rides

Now that summer is here, Auckland is a great city to explore by bike. With over 300kms of cycle paths, there are so many places to enjoy a family-friendly ride.

Click here for a list of exciting and scenic rides for all ages and experiences across the region.

And more...

There's so much to discover across the Auckland region this summer.

Explore the links above and visit our summer page for more walks, activities, secret spots and family events.

Get your summer sorted.

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Your summer sorted

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