Beautiful walks around Auckland

Last Updated : 06 Dec 2017

There are hundreds of beautiful walks across Tāmaki Makaurau. They range from short strolls through suburbia to multi-day bush walks that will challenge the most intrepid explorers. Here are some of our favourites.

Help stop kauri dieback disease

Auckland Council’s Environment and Community Committee voted on 5 December to close several high-risk and medium-risk tracks in the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park to limit the spread of kauri dieback disease.

Check the list of closed tracks here

In general, you should always:

  • Clean all soil off your footwear and other gear, every time you enter or leave a forest/area with native trees, and at every cleaning station.
  • Use disinfectant only after you have removed all the soil.

Find out more about kauri dieback disease

Cascade kauri

I’m interested in heritage and history

Check out our top-10 heritage walks, or download one of our heritage brochures. The brochures include background information about the areas, maps, and sites of historical and literary significance along the way. 

I’d like some walks north of the city

Download the Upper Harbour Walking Guide and get exploring!

Various walks suitable for different levels of ability take you around some of the area’s coastal and bush reserves, native forests, local beaches and picnic areas.

Upper Harbour Walking Trail

What’s good in south Auckland?

The Weymouth Walkway affords beautiful views of Manukau Harbour and Puhinui Creek and takes in mangrove forest and opportunities to check out rock-pools and birdlife. The easy grade makes the walkway ideal for wheelchair use and people with pushchairs.

I feel like a challenge

The Hillary Trail has you covered. It’s a spectacular multi-day tramping trip through native forest and along the wild coast of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park.

You can also do it in several shorter day trips if you prefer.

Hillary Trail

Find out more

Come to the Arataki Visitor Centre to get free walking maps, the latest track information and local knowledge on the wide variety of walks available throughout the Waitākere Ranges.

Stay safe while you're walking

The New Zealand Mountain Safety Council has tips for planning your walks and staying safe in the bush. 

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