New Zealand Walks: Auckland walks to do this winter
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:
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.
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.
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.