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Explore Auckland's natural wonders

Last Updated : 19 Jan 2024
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You can’t beat Auckland during summer.

The best way to make the most of the region is to get out of the car and take your pick of Auckland's stunning tracks, bush, maunga and walkways. 

Discover our region's natural wonders as you run, bike, stroll and picnic all summer long - an Auckland summer is calling.

Seven destination parks worth visiting in Auckland

Tāmaki Makaurau has thousands of places where people can enjoy being active, walk their dogs, or simply relax in the shade of a tree.

From Henderson to Pakuranga, and from Birkenhead to Manukau Harbour, there is a park in Auckland to suit every person! 

Here are seven destination parks worth visiting in Auckland this summer. 

Best Auckland walks reopen for summer

While we hope for a drier summer, work has been done on tracks around Auckland to repair storm damage and get them open and ready for summer. 

Head here to find out which parks and tracks have re-opened, just in time to plan your summer mish! 

Off-leash hotspots 

Nothing beats seeing your four-legged friends hurtle around a dog park with sheer joy.

Make their day and let your dog off the leash in these four dog-friendly hotspots.

Auckland is a sports fan playground

Regardless of what kind of sport you, your whānau and friends enjoy, Auckland has the perfect places for you to get your sweat on and burn some calories.

Auckland Council’s sports fields are outstanding and worth heading to. Grab a football, a rugby ball, a cricket set or a frisbee and head to one of the many parks Auckland has to offer.

Alternatively, head to the basketball courts, tennis courts or volleyball courts dotted around Tāmaki Makaurau. Or consider something completely different with disc golf, a similar game to golf but with the use of a frisbee.

Get on yer bike!

Auckland’s cycling infrastructure is improving all the time with more and more shared paths providing access to amazing parts of the region. For those who want to get off the beaten track, there are some great options too. Whether you fancy a city path that takes you to a sunny shore, or you'd prefer to get amongst our native bush, there's a bike path for everyone to explore this summer. 

Discover three of Auckland's best cycle routes. 

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. 

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