For those of you who are like my Partner and I, and LOVE getting outdoors and exploring what Auckland has to offer then here is a list of some of our favourite Walks/Hikes around the Auckland Area!
**Ill add to this as I discover more <3
Okura Bush Walkway – An easy walking track (with a number of stairs thrown in the mix) This bush walk is said to be roughly 3hours return, taking you through the coastal forest and eventually down to Karepiro Bay and a historic Cottage. A beautiful spot for a secluded Picnic if the weather is nice! I used to run this track in just under an hour to the beach and back, so it can definitely be done quicker than 3hours too!
Getting There: The Track begins at the End of HAIGH ACCESS ROAD, Park at the end of the Road and follow the trail towards the Bridge, and then you are on your way!
Mercer Bay Loop Track – A new favourite track through low coastal scrub, the Mercer Bay Loop Walk is a great spot to stop and watch the sunset of the wild west coast of Auckland. Only an hour round trip, this is a great addition to your afternoons.
The track even has some spots to get the adrenaline pumping where you make your way along the top of the highest sea cliffs in the Auckland region.
Getting There: Head towards Piha, taking TE AHUAHU ROAD, Which will take you onto Log Race Road and down to the parking area.
Goldies Bush Walkway & Mokoroa Stream Track – Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve offers a variety of walks through coastal kauri forest, taking in the impressive Mokoroa Falls and even allowing you to follow the track up stream too!
Getting There: Goldie Bush Walkway can be walked from either Constable Rd or Horseman Rd.
From Constable Rd the walkway descends through the Motutara Scenic Reserve to cross Mokoroa Stream. The track then enters the Goldie Bush Scenic Reserve, climbing through coastal forest with regenerating kauri, exiting at Horseman Rd.
Shakespeare Park – A Nature park located at the tip of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula.There are numerous walking tracks on the park for all levels of fitness so there’s no excuses not to take a stroll.
At the peak of most tracks you will experience stunning views of the Peninsula, the Hauraki Gulf and Islands such as Kawau Island, Tiritiri Matangi & Rangitoto.
Getting There: 1468 Whangaparaoa Road, Army Bay, Auckland – pop the address into Google Maps and enjoy the road trip! Heading towards north Aucklands Army Bay will set you on the right track to get to the Regional Park.
Kennedy Park – Auckland’s very own STAIRS OF DOOM , a 150-step climb from the North Shore’s Castor Bay up to the top. Something my friends and I love to do for FUN, Crazy huh! But seriously such a good workout . Highly Recommended.
Getting There: Now to get to these stairs you need to go to Beach Road Castor Bay – Kennedy Park and there’s a trick to it. Once there you’ll see a playground to the left and then to the right near the cliff is the public toilets. Head that way, follow the others in “active wear” and you will find the stairs of doom. Good Luck!
Hillary Trail – The Official Hillary Trail is a four-day (approx. 75km) tramping trail through the Waitakere Ranges and along Auckland’s west coast. Named the ‘Hillary Trail’ after pre-eminent mountaineer and explorer Sir Edmund Hillary. We are yet to complete the trail in one go, however LOVE doing parts of this Incredible Trail. The photos below are part of the “TE HENGA WALKWAY” part of the Hillary Trail.
Getting There: Well that depends on where you want to start from! Do some research and see if you are up for the 4day challenge, or tick parts of it off on a day hike !
Rangitoto Island – A short ferry ride from the city or Devonport will get you across to Rangitoto Island. From there its up to you to explore the island, and of course – get to the top for some incredible views of Auckland City and surrounds. This would be a MUST DO activity for any visitor with some extra time in Auckland . And if you live here and haven’t done this yet, make a plan and GO!
Getting There: FULLERS FERRIES, from either Auckland City or Devonport!
KiteKite Falls – The Kitekite Falls are one of the most famous waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges with six drops into a large pool at the bottom. The falls are reached by walking tracks at the end of Glen Esk Road.From the base of the waterfall you can take a track up the hill to the top of the falls, and have some incredible views from above! And, if you are brave enough – I have seen many people take a dip in the pool at the top… but be careful, this is the cliff edge of the falls!
Getting There: Kitekite Falls Walk located at the end of Glen Esk Rd, Piha – Google Maps! And since you are already out there, add the Mercer Bay Loop on afterwards for the Sunset <3 = Perfect day!
Hunua Falls – about an hour out of Auckland hidden away is this gem!
Hunua Falls located in the Hunua Ranges is a must see if you are a Waterfall Lover! A short walk too making it easily accessible for all fitness levels. Plenty of space for a Picnic in front of the falls, or if you are brave – a swim in the warmer months !
Getting There: Address: 203 Falls Rd, Hunua. Located out South Auckland, so possibly an option as an add on to a road trip further south!