Adventure is calling so get those legs moving, wheels rolling and dogs panting this summer along some of our region's great paths.
AKL Paths provides a searchable, filterable list of walkways throughout our region, perfect for discovering your next adventure.
Take a look at some of our suggestions below to get started, and visit AKL Paths to see the full list.
Waterview Path (Waterview to New Windsor)
There is no shortage of things to do on this path, with a splash pad, playgrounds, parks, a waterfall, multi-coloured bridges, skateparks and a basketball court. Come for a walk, a run, or bring your bike or scooter for a ride – the path is wide and sealed the whole way.
Tawhitokino Beach Path, Kawakawa
If you’re up for an adventure, escape the crowds to this beautiful secluded beach – it’s only accessible by foot, kayak or small boat. Starting at Waiti Bay at the end of Kawakawa Bay Road, follow the tracks around the rocks and up over the hill. There may be stream crossings. Access is recommended only on an outgoing tide, unless you intend to stay for the day. No access to adjoining private properties is permitted. Pack a camera to snap the amazing views, your togs for a swim and a picnic for the beach.
Craigavon Path, Blockhouse Bay
With a dedicated dog exercise area, dog agility course, grassy fields and a shallow stream, this is the perfect park for all your furry canine friends to play and socialise. For people, there’s also a fitness track, bush-covered paths, a fenced playground for the kids, and a barbecue.
Rangitoto Summit Track
Catch a ferry over to this iconic island and hike to the top of the volcanic cone through ancient lava fields and bush. There are multiple tracks to choose from; some even have lava tunnels and caves.
Hellyers Creek Path, Beach Haven
Starting at Shepherds Park, this is a fantastic scenic walk. Along the path, there are stairs to climb, tree roots to dodge and even a fitness trail if you’re keen to combine your walk with an outdoor workout.
Onehunga Bay to Waikōwhai Path
This path starts at Onehunga Bay Reserve, where there’s a kids’ playground and exercise equipment. From the reserve, walk across the Taumanu Bridge to Taumanu Reserve, looking out over the amazing views to Māngere Mountain as you go. Weave around the reserve’s paths, beaches and picnic areas and follow the boardwalk under the Hillsborough cliffs. Got a pup? There’s a great off-leash area for them to run around, too.
Mangemangeroa Shelly Park Beach Path
Passing through a diverse landscape of farmland, native forest, and unique estuary and salt-marsh habitat, this is one of east Auckland’s hidden gems. The walkway passes through native bush, freshwater creeks, mangroves and mudflats, and along the track you are likely to see (or hear) all sorts of native birdlife. There are steep sections, but the bush experience and views make it well worth the effort.
Fishermans Rock Path, Oneroa
Whether you’re visiting Waiheke for a week or just a day, put this stunning coastal walk on your list. There is so much for the whole family to explore – secluded rocky coves, beaches, rock pools, great views, secret picnic spots and one of Waiheke’s longest staircases. To make a day of it, bring your togs and a picnic, or stop for a bite to eat at a cafe.