New Zealand Guide

Discover top ten Auckland Walks

  1. Auckland City Heritage Walk – UptownScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 3.50.25 PM
    Exploring uptown Auckland on foot is the best way to appreciate the area’s rich heritage and beautiful historical buildings. The uptown Auckland City Heritage Walk gives you a glimpse into the past – and present – of one of the city’s most historically significant areas. The walk includes a number of beautiful buildings and spaces that are registered by the New Zealand Historic Places Trust. Perfect for history buffs and architecture enthusiasts.
  2. Coast to Coast WalkawayScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 3.52.25 PMThere are few places in the world where you can walk from one ocean to a completely different one in just a couple of hours.The Auckland Coast to Coast Walkway is special not just for this unique fact, but that it takes you over such a huge variety of landscapes. You’ll walk through city and suburban streets, urban parks and volcanic cones offering incredible views.
  3. Kitekite Track – Piha
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    Kitekite Track is a great introduction to the natural beauty of the Waitakere Ranges.With waterfalls, streams, pools and beautiful native bush, this is a great short walk that’s suitable for the whole family. Walk through native plant life including nikau palms, silver tree ferns and regenerated kauri, and hear the call of the Tuis.
  4. Hillary Trail – Waitakere Ranges
    Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.25.19 PMThe Hillary Trail is a self-guided four day tramp through lush native forest and along the wild coast of the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park.The trail is named after Sir Edmund Hillary, New Zealand’s most famous mountaineer and explorer, and captures his sense of adventure and introduces you to the joys of overnight camping.
  5. Hunua falls Upper Lookout Walk
    Screen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.25.28 PMThe beautiful Hunua Falls is one of the most popular spots for walkers in the bush-clad Hunua Ranges in Auckland’s east.This walk is a great way to see the Hunua Falls from all angles and enjoy the surrounding forest. It climbs from the Wairoa River below the Falls through beautiful lush forest, along a shady stream to an excellent lookout platform.
  6. Rangitoto Island Summit WalkScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.25.37 PMRangitoto Island is the youngest and largest of the 48 volcanic cones scattered across the Auckland region and is home to the world’s largest pohutukawa forest.The shortest and most popular walk on Rangitoto is directly to the summit – the spectacular 360-degree views reach across the Hauraki Gulf and out to the rugged horizons of the Waitakere Ranges in the west and Hunua Ranges in the east. The island is just a 25-minute ferry ride across the harbour and frequent ferries run daily.
  7. Stony Batter Historic Reserver – Waiheke IslandScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.25.45 PMStony Batter Historic Reserve, at the eastern end of Waiheke Island, is named for its unusual rocky outcrops and is the site of extensive tunnels and gun emplacements dating back to WWII.This short walk combines fascinating history and the beautiful scenery Waiheke Island is famous for. It’s accessible all year round and is perfect for all ages.
  8. North Shore Costal Walk

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    The picturesque coastline of Auckland’s North Shore is a magnet for locals and visitors, with its string of sheltered bays and white sandy beaches.The North Shore Coastal Walk begins at Long Bay Regional Park and weaves through the beaches and suburbs of ‘the Shore’ and out to Devonport. The route is accessible at all tides, following cliff top tracks, pedestrian shortcuts, steps and footpaths. You don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy this walk, and you can choose to do the whole trail, or just sections of it, with numerous entry and exit points.

  9. Shakespear Regional Park – Tiri Tiri TrackScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.26.01 PM
    Explore beautiful Shakespear Regional Park, a captivating combination of native bush, beaches, birdlife and amazing views.Shakespear Regional Park boasts an incredible location, taking up most of the tip of Whangaparaoa Peninsula, which juts out into the Hauraki Gulf. The park is a wildlife sanctuary, with an abundance of birdlife in particular. The picturesque blend of country and coastal landscapes attracts locals and visitors alike and as well as a range of walks, the park is also popular for swimming and picnics in summer.
  10. Tamaki Drive WalkScreen Shot 2016-09-01 at 4.26.08 PMWalking along Tamaki Drive is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of Auckland’s amazing harbour setting.Tamaki Drive curves along the waterfront from downtown Auckland to St Heliers Bay, offering a superb outlook over the sparkling Waitemata Harbour.