Head east and explore the great outdoors

Last Updated : 09 Dec 2021

Exploring Auckland’s paths is a great opportunity to exercise, burning off some energy and have fun outdoors.

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

Pakuranga Rotary Path

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Meander along the edge of the Tāmaki River Estuary with this walk. Starting at the Panmure Bridge, the path is a cycleway that is equally popular with walkers and families. The highlight for the kids has to be the giant snakes and ladders game at Bramley Reserve in Farm Cove. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch while the kids play snakes and ladders before continuing on to Whakaaranga Creek or return to Panmure Bridge.

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Barry Curtis Path

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This popular path is a great one for pushing the pram around. Fully paved and mostly flat, the path takes a scenic route around the northern part of Barry Curtis Park and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Starting your walk at the Stancombe Road carpark means the kids can have a play at the award-winning, ecologically themed playground at the end. Encourage them to bring their bike, rollerblades or scooter for additional fun around the path.

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Lloyd Elsmore Path

Located at Lloyd Elsmore Park, this has path connects you with a wide range of activities. A BMX pump track, the pools and leisure centre, splash pad, the Howick Historical Village and wide-open fields mean there is something for everyone. The kids will enjoy the playground at the start of the path while the avenue of pohutakawa trees is particularly majestic.

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Ōmana Perimeter Path

Located in the Ōmana Regional Park, this path is a great chance to enjoy our natural and indigenous heritage. Native forest, tidal estuary, manawa (mangroves), open paddocks and a Māori pa site can be found along this path. The kids will have a blast at the playground as well with a climbing web and colourful artwork telling the stories of Māori ancestors. It’s also a great place to spend the day with the beach providing safe swimming at high tide.

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Whitford Path

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This path winds its way along the banks of the Tūranga Creek and around the Whitford Village. Starting at the village green you will find the playground across the road in Pohutakawa Park. The path is a combination of sealed and gravel surfaces but the scenery makes for a peaceful outing. The views from the lookout along the way are beautiful.

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