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
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.
Barry Curtis Path
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.
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.
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.
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.
Keep our kauri standing
Kauri dieback in Auckland is a serious problem and it’s important we all play our part to prevent the spread of the disease.
To help keep our kauri standing for future generations, the forested areas of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park have been closed until further notice. Some higher-risk tracks in the Hunua Ranges Regional Park have also been closed as a proactive measure to prevent the introduction of kauri dieback disease into the park, where it has not yet been detected.
Controlled Area Notices (CANs) are in place across the currently open tracks within the forested area of the Waitākere Ranges Regional Park and whole of the native forested area of the Hunua Ranges regional parkland.
Aucklanders and visitors to the region are advised to find alternatives to get out and enjoy what our beautiful backyard has to offer.
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 other gear.
- Spray– your footwear and gear at every cleaning station you encounter. Kauri dieback can be spread by just a pinhead of soil.
- Stay– on the designated open tracks.