12 Great Auckland Walks to Do
Far from the city or amongst the hustle and bustle, try one of these great Auckland walks
1. Rangitoto Island Summit Walk
Explore the largest of Auckland’s 48 volcanoes and be rewarded with spectacular 360-degree views reaching across the Hauraki Gulf and out to the rugged horizons of the Waitakere Ranges in the west and the Hunua Ranges in the east. Distance: 4.6 kilometres. Time: 1 hour each way. Difficulty: Moderate. Access: 25 minute ferry from Auckland CBD. Visit aucklandnz.com for more information.
2. North Shore Coastal Walk
For a walk close to the city, try the picturesque coastline of Auckland’s North Shore. The North Shore Coastal Walk begins at Long Bay Regional Park and weaves through the beaches and suburbs all the way out to Devonport.
Distance: 23km. Time: 7h Difficulty: Easy. Access: 35min drive from Auckland CBD. Visit aucklandnz.com for more information.
3. Karamatura Falls
Pack a picnic, escape the city for a day and experience the beauty of the Karamatura Stream. It's an ideal walk for keen trampers and waterfall lovers with a slightly rugged terrain and a beautiful secluded waterfall.
Time: 1.5h to the falls and back Difficulty: Moderate. Access: 45min drive from Auckland CBD. Visit epiclittlemissions.co.nz for more information.
4. Stony Batter Historic Reserve
This short walk combines fascinating history with beautiful Waiheke scenery. Named for its unusual rocky outcrops, Stony Batter is also the site of incredible tunnels and gun emplacements from WWII.
Distance: 2km. Time: 1.5h. Difficulty: Easy. Access: 30min ferry from Auckland CBD, plus 48min drive from Matiatia Wharf. Visit aucklandnz.com for more information.
5. Duder Regional Park
Discover this beautiful coastal farm park located a mere 45 minutes from the Auckland CBD. The picturesque area showcases the Hauraki coastline and boasts some serene little beaches and farmland dotted with sheep and lambs.
Distance: Tracks range from 2km-4km Time: 1/2h-2h. Difficulty: Easy Access: 45min drive from Auckland CBD. Visit regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for more information.
6. Hunua Falls
It's easy to see why Hunua Falls is one of the most popular spots for walkers. With its beautiful lush forest and the breathtaking 30m high falls, it is a must-see for Aucklanders.
Distance: 0.8km Time: 30mins Difficulty: Moderate. Easy Access: Visit aucklandnz.com for more information.
7. Coast to Coast
There are few places in the world where one can walk from one ocean to another. This unique coast to coast walkway takes you through a huge variety of landscapes, from the city to the suburbs, urban parks and volcano cones.
Distance: 16km Time: 5h Difficulty: Moderate Access: Begins at Auckland CBD. Visit aucklandnz.com for more information.
8. Blue Springs Te Waihou Walkway
Venture outside of Auckland to the internationally-acclaimed Blue Springs, which has water so pure it supplies around 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water. The walk to the springs follows a track alongside the Waihou River, through wetlands, across rolling pastoral land and features views of small waterfalls and native bush along the way.
Distance: 4.7km. Time: 3h Difficulty: Easy. Access: 2.5h drive from Auckland CBD. Visit hamiltonwaikato.com for more information.
9. Orakei Basin Walkway
Once a flooded volcanic crater, the Orakei Basin is now a hub of sports and activity. The Orakei Basin Walkway boasts a beautiful purpose-built boardwalk, footbridge and track providing cyclists and walkers with the perfect off-road track.
Distance: 2.9km Time: 45min Difficulty: Easy. Access: 10min drive from Auckland CBD. Visit remuera.org.nz for more information.
10. Waitakere Dam Walk
Take an easy walk to the historic Waitakere Dam and soak up the beautiful New Zealand forest.
Distance: 1.4km Time: 1.5h. Difficulty: Easy Access: 30min drive from Auckland CBD. Visit regionalparks.aucklandcouncil.govt.nz for more information.
11. Dingle Dell Reserve
Surround yourself with beautiful native bush and escape to the secluded Dingle Dell Reserve. The Dell contains an extensive track network through the trees and is located in the heart of the eastern suburbs.
Distance: 5.4km. Time: 1h. Difficulty: Easy. Access: 20min drive from Auckland CBD. Visit walksinauckland.com for more information.
12. Tamaki Drive Walk
Don’t underestimate a simple walk down Tamaki Drive. The 10km walk is one of the best ways to appreciate the beauty of Auckland’s amazing harbour setting with a superb outlook over the sparkling Waitemata Harbour.
Distance: 10km. Time: 2.5h Difficulty: Easy Access: 2min drive from Auckland CBD. Visit aucklandnz.com for more information.