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 aklpaths.co.nz
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Protect our kauri
Kauri dieback in Auckland is a serious problem and it’s important we all play our part to prevent the spread of the disease.
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 gear.
- Spray– your footwear and gear with disinfectant at every cleaning station you encounter. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil.
- Stay– on open tracks and off kauri roots.
Always check the Auckland Council kauri webpage before going for a walk to find out what tracks are currently closed.