Maungatauhoro Te Hikoi Track, Wenderholm Regional Park

A magical history tour Wenderholm Regional Park has a fascinating history. The first people to enjoy the area were the Polynesian ancestors of Māori. Later, descendants of the Tainui…

Distance
3.06km
Time
1.5hr
Grade
Easy

Goldie Bush Walkway, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

West Auckland gold Walking options in the Waitakere Ranges may still be limited due to track closures to protect kauri from dieback disease, but a quick drive to the…

Distance
6.1km
Time
3-4hr. Mokoroa Falls Walk, 45min; Mokoroa Stream walk,1-2hr; Goldie Bush Walkway, 1hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Wairoa Loop Track, Hunua Ranges Regional Park

The Wairoa Loop Track is a forest walk featuring views of the formidable Hunua Ranges and its impressive reservoirs. It’s an excellent day trip to get your forest fix, and it’s…

Distance
8.4km
Time
3hr
Grade
Easy

Mt Heale Hut, Aotea Conservation Park

Lying 90km from Auckland as the kākā flies, Great Barrier Island/Aotea might seem like a logical destination for local trampers. But few venture there. The main hurdle to visiting…

Distance
4.08km
Time
Aotea Road to Mt Heale Hut, 3-3.5hr; to Whangaparapara Rd via Peach Tree and Kaitoke Hot Springs Tracks, 3.5-4hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Tamahunga Track, Warkworth

An accessible summit We didn’t have to go far in our search for an alternative to our usual Waitakere Ranges stomping ground: Tamahunga sits just outside of Matakana, about…

Distance
2.47km
Time
To summit, 1.5hr; To Rodney Rd, 3.5hr; To Matakana Valley Rd, 2.5hr
Grade
Easy

Stony Batter Historic Reserve, Waiheke Island

Defending Auckland Had you been an Auckland resident just before the Second World War, the problems of city living would not have revolved around traffic, house prices and crime.…

Time
Stony Batter Historic Reserve: 40min; Return to Opopo Bay, 90min; Return to Hooks Bay, 90min
Grade
Easy

Suspension Bridge Track, Hunua Ranges Regional Park

A short road walk from the car park along Otau Road leads to the suspension bridge above the unnamed stream that drains the Hunua Range’s Wairoa Reservoir. The bridge…

Distance
4.3km return via track
Time
2hr return
Grade
Easy

Lake Wainamu Loop Track, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

In the footsteps of warriors For all their urban preoccupations, Aucklanders are blessed with a superb array of rugged day walks just beyond the city’s fringes. The Lake Wainamu…

Distance
6.34km
Time
2-2.5hr
Grade
Easy

Mt William Walkway, Auckland

Over the hill and far away… Just south of Bombay, the Mt William Walkway offers stunning views from some of the highest vantage points in the Auckland region. Being…

Distance
3.75km
Time
McMillian Road car park to Mt William Summit, 1hr; Mt William Summit on to Puketutu trig and Puketutu Road car park, 1hr
Grade
Easy

Omanawanui Loop, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

Omanawanui Track is part of the Hillary Trail and has a reputation for being spectacular. Winter weather in the ranges can be hit or miss – and the trails…

Distance
2.98km to Whatipu Lodge
Time
2-2.5hr return
Grade
Easy

Okura Bush Walkway, Auckland

This easy 15km return walk has it all – bush, beach, coastal track, wildlife and a historic homestead. North of Long Bay, the walkway winds its way along the…

Distance
15km
Time
6 are return. Haigh Access Road to Dacre Cottage, 1hr, Dacre Cottage to Stillwater, 2hr
Grade
Easy

Puhoi Track, Rodney District

Just 50km north of Auckland lies the small historic village of Puhoi on the banks of the scenic Puhoi River. In the weekends the kayak trip to Wenderholm is…

Distance
4.43km one way
Time
1.5-2hr each way
Grade
Easy

Home Bay via Rangitoto, Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

When one is Auckland-based and has children, being a weekend wilderness warrior can sometimes be difficult. Fortunately Auckland has a surprising number of wild gems hiding in plain sight.Disembark…

Distance
11km
Time
4hr
Grade
Easy

Mt Donald McLean, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

At the south-western tip of the Waitakere Ranges, at the mouth of the Manukau Harbour, lies the much weather- and ocean-beaten Whatipu. This beach is a great example of…

Distance
10.2km
Time
4-5hr
Grade
Moderate

Te Henga Walkway, Te Henga-Bethells Regional Park

If you want dramatic cliffs, waves smashing into rocks and elevated ocean views then head to Bethells Beach (Te Henga) just 45 minutes from Auckland’s CBD. Te Henga Walkway…

Distance
9.92km one-way
Time
3hr one-way
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Browns Island Recreation Reserve, Hauraki Gulf

Reaching Browns Island by kayak and enjoying a few hours exploration is achievable and makes a fantastic day out. The most popular starting point for a paddle to the…

Distance
12.8km
Time
5hr
Grade
Easy

Te Toiokawharu, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

The southern end of the Waitakere Ranges provides the highest hills in the region. It also provides views of sheer rock cliffs among otherwise forest-covered hills. The hills are…

Distance
11.3km
Time
5-6hr
Grade
Moderate

Aotea Track, Great Barrier Island

Tranquil harbours, white sand beaches and a rugged mountainous interior. These form the essence of Great Barrier Island, also known as Aotea by its original Maori inhabitants. This route…

Distance
25km
Time
11hr
Grade
Easy

Beverley Price Loop, Pohuehue Reserve

The track drops steeply from the road to Pohuehue Stream. The stream is shallow but wide enough to warrant a bridge and is surrounded by native bush which lets…

Distance
3.03km
Time
2-2.5hr
Grade
Easy

Kohukohunui Peak, Waharau Regional Park

At 688m Kohukonui Peak is the highest summit in Auckland and can be reached on the Waharau – Kohukohunui – Mangatangi – Waharau loop on the eastern Hunua Range.For…

Distance
16.2km
Time
7-8hr
Grade
Moderate

Mt Hobson, Great Barrier Island

An easy track leads from Kaiaraara Hut (28 bunks) up north branch of Kaiarara Stream. After an hour or so the first remains of historic kauri dams can be…

Distance
9.89km
Time
6hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Mt Auckland Walkway, Atuanui Forest

A well-marked track climbs a logging road through pines to a hilltop barn, then drops to reach a small saddle. After about 20 minutes there is a DoC signpost…

Distance
5.68km
Time
2-4hr
Grade
Easy

Tawharanui Regional Park, Auckland

Tawharanui is a large park north of Auckland with a multitude of walking tracks and recreation opportunities including bird watching. You,ll need a couple of days to fully explore…

Distance
5.91km
Time
1-3hr
Grade
Easy

Pararaha Stream, Waitakere Ranges Regional Park

An off-the-beaten-track trip that showcases the best the Waitakere Ranges has to offer.From the car park the track winds its way gradually uphill. Cross the first stream and turn…

Distance
7.75km
Time
8-10hr
Grade
Moderate

Cascade Kauri Area, Waitakere Ranges

This walk combines several tracks: Cascade Track, Upper Kauri track and Lower Kauri Track. Do them all for 9.12km round trip back to Falls Rd. Shorter versions would be…

Distance
8.18km
Time
4hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate

Rangitoto Summit Track, Hauraki Gulf Marine Park

Tramp through New Zealand’s largest pohutukawa forest on this relaxing walk from the Rangitoto Wharf to the 260m summit and back again. Highlights include lava caves and the great…

Distance
2.53km
Time
2hr
Grade
Easy

Mangatangi Track, Hunua Ranges Regional Park

The Hunua Ranges are often referred to as the poor cousin of the more visually spectacular Waitakere Ranges. The Mangatangi Track, with it,s trig at 487m, offers one of…

Distance
13.2km return
Time
5-7hr
Grade
Easy/Moderate