Hiking Trails in Auckland Central

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Hiking Trails in Auckland Central

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  • James M
    Auckland, New Zealand422 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    My lovely wife and a friend of ours went to Totara Park for a picnic on the weekend. There are plenty of picnic tables next to the carpark in Wairere Avenue. The trails around the park and the adjacent Botanic Gardens are well maintained, and even after rain, are pretty dry. Some of the trails wind around the lovely creek and give the place an almost tropical rainforest feel. The paths higher up are over the fields and have views which are simply stunning. Well worth enjoying.
    Written 5 July 2020
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  • LouiseTheKiwi
    Pukekohe, New Zealand63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    From Bombay side this goes through private sheep farmland (closed during lambing), wonderful views at the trig station at the top, can be very windy and cold. Lovely bush track from SH2 side is steep and can be very muddy and slippery.
    Written 29 July 2018
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  • Jordan L
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    8/10 The views and walk are great, clear track and signage, but a lot of stairs. First peak (30 min walk one way) is better than second (1 hr 1 way) as while second peak is higher shrubs block some views a bit. Drive there is bumpy with gravel road for a long time, so be prepared for bumpy ride.
    But lovely walk, view perfect direction for sunset
    Written 5 July 2024
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  • 422iana
    Dunedin, New Zealand3,610 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Finally, I got to do this walk, it has been on my list for a long time. I took the dog for a walk. You must keep dogs on a leash and are not allowed to swim at the beaches to not upset wildlife. The paths are really good, and I walked to Cockle Bay and back. Took about 1 1/2 hours, taking the long route, which is to the right of the main car park. The car park is small, so parked further along the road.
    Written 30 December 2022
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  • GaryandLesleyTravel
    Auckland Central, New Zealand7,372 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden in plain sight, this bush walk is a wonderful escape from the busy great north road it run beside. Dropping down to the creek nature takes over, enjoy the running water, the bush and the bird life. The Oakley creek waterfall was a bonus. Well worth a look and so close to town. If time permits head across the road to the Waterview park walkways where the creek meets the sea.
    Written 30 August 2020
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  • HMKaren
    Los Angeles, CA1,348 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We took the approximately 1-hour drive from Auckland to explore the Whatipu Caves Track and had a great hike. The drive out was even interesting, taking you through some winding, hilly neighborhoods and giving you some nice beach views. Note that the last couple of miles of road are hard-packed, but not actually paved. That might get dodgy if it's been raining.

    The track is pretty well marked and easy to follow, and you get to see a handful of caves. Expect to get your feet wet if you go in, there were at least a few inches of water when we were inside. And bring a flashlight. The caves were fun.

    The one downside, and this was probably just my own misunderstanding, is that the caves are not right by the beach. You see the beach at a distance, and you certainly could hike to it---but we didn't have time to do the caves and do the beach. Also, another guy who was hiking ahead of us turned back because he didn't have the right shoes for some climbing that was necessary to continue on the track. Anyway, if you have the time and you are properly outfitted, this is a fun and very pretty hike.
    Written 9 January 2019
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  • DataCollector
    Bexhill-on-Sea, UK146 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited on a wet morning, four of us plus toddler. The walk starts at the car park right at the end of Falls Rd, through the golf club. As we were with a toddler, we only covered the 'Auckland City Walk' (why it is so named is not obvious as once you leave the car park no buildings are seen at all). The path is 'stoned' throughout where there is no boardwalk, so though there may be puddles and mud in places, there are no major accessibility issues, even when wet- as it was on our visit. Though not level, the hills are relatively minor. This really gives a taste of the bush to those of a wide range of abilities. Some of the trees seen from the path are spectacular. Having some experience of a previous visit, I can confirm that some of the trails connecting to this path are rather more challenging, but are well worth exploring for those that are able.
    Written 23 October 2017
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  • Wendy G
    Seattle, WA116 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    There are two places to start for the Mt. Auckland Highway -- both off of Highway 16. We walked it from the trail head off of Glorit-Kaipara Hills Rd (about 70 km North of Auckland).

    It's an easy trail to follow for the most part and well marked but it is not an easy walk. It is rated as an advanced tramping track but we found that most of the walk was suitable for less experienced hikers. There is one section that is very steep and we were glad we brought our walking sticks but for the most part we were fine.

    The trail starts out in farmland with a beautiful view over the Kaipara Harbour for the first 15-20 minutes. After that, you enter forest with Kauri and Puriri trees as well as other NZ flora. We heard several wood pigeons swooshing through the trees.

    Toward the summit (about 3.5km or 1 hour 45 minute walk from the start) you'll start seeing peekaboo views through the trees. At the summit you climb a wooden platform and are treated to great views across the harbour and forest. It isn't quite a 360 degree view as trees have grown up on one side but still a great treat. From there you head back to the start.

    We walked the whole thing in about four and a half or five hours. But we're not in the best shape and not avid hikers (getting there slowly). Others reportedly did it in less than 4 hours.
    Written 10 February 2017
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  • Tennille S
    Auckland, New Zealand53 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This island is a short jet ski from Rawhititi (ten minutes). The track is a ten minute walk (if your fit) and the views from the lookout are one of the best views of all of the islands in the bay. There is also good snorkeling on the East side, but make sure you take aqua socks as the rocks are sharp.
    Written 17 January 2019
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