New Zealand Walks: Auck­land walks to do this win­ter

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The cold weather is on its way but don’t stay inside and hi­ber­nate this com­ing win­ter – get out­doors. There’s noth­ing like tak­ing a stroll on a crisp win­ter’s day to make you feel in­vig­o­rated, and with more than 4000 parks across the re­gion, Auck­land is jam-packed with amaz­ing walks.

“Our parks pro­vide end­less op­por­tu­ni­ties for peo­ple to get out and con­nect with na­ture all year round, rain or shine,” says En­vi­ron­ment and Com­mu­nity Com­mit­tee Chair Penny Hulse.

“Ven­tur­ing into our green spa­ces and ex­plor­ing what they have to of­fer is a free and easy way to beat the win­ter blues.”

So, rug up warm, throw on a rain­coat and en­joy some of th­ese walks this win­ter:

Auck­land Do­main

The Auck­land Do­main – our old­est park – is home to sev­eral great walk­ing and run­ning trails. Among th­ese are the Do­main Walk, Cen­ten­nial Walk­way and the Lovers’ Walk. While you’re there, check out the Auck­land War Me­mo­rial Mu­seum.

Te Atatū Penin­sula Walk­way

This 4km walk­way starts from Oran­gahina Park and fol­lows the eastern edge of the Te Atatū Penin­sula. Along the way, you’ll have spec­tac­u­lar views across the Waitem­atā Har­bour to­wards Auck­land city.

The Beach­lands-Marae­tai Walk­way

This is a 6km coastal walk­way and cy­cle path that winds along Auck­land’s south-eastern coast. It con­nects the set­tle­ments of Beach­lands and Marae­tai and of­fers views of the Hau­raki Gulf, Wai­heke Is­land and the Coro­man­del Penin­sula. This walk­way has sig­nif­i­cant Māori and Euro­pean his­tory and in­ter­est­ing coastal flora and fauna.

Me­ola Reef Re­serve

Take the 1.7km gravel path around Me­ola Reef Re­serve and en­joy views of the up­per Waitem­atā Har­bour across to the Chelsea Sugar re­fin­ery. There is also an off-leash dog area.

Archibald Park

Take a walk around Archibald Park path, which is part of Te Whau Path­way and of­fers a safe off-road shared path. This

is great if you or your kids are learn­ing to ride a bike and want to com­bine a bike ride with a kick around at the sports fields or pic­nic.

Tō­tara Park

Stretch the legs on the range of walk­ways in one of south Auck­land’s premier parks, Tō­tara Park. Here you’ll en­joy a tran­quil, coun­try at­mos­phere with su­perb flora and fauna and rolling farm­land. Then pop over to the nearby Auck­land Botanic Gar­dens.

Long Bay Re­gional Park

Take in the stun­ning, panoramic views of the Hau­raki Gulf and its off­shore islands by walk­ing the Coastal Track at Long Bay Re­gional Park. This multi-use track takes you to the north­ern end of the park through coastal bush and se­cluded bays.

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