Discover the best walks in Auckland that I've walked

I live in Auckland so getting out and walking the tracks is easy for me. 

Some of the most popular areas for walking include the stunning Waitakere Ranges with their lush rainforests and cascading waterfalls, the iconic coastal walk from Mission Bay to St. Heliers, and the breathtaking views from the volcanic cones like Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill.

Explore Auckland on foot and experience its natural beauty and urban charm. There are plenty of beautiful beaches to walk on, picnic and take lovely photos. 

My map of all Auckland Walks – over 150+

Views out to Mt St John walking from Newmarket

5 Short Walks from Newmarket

The 5 walks from Newmarket include Mt Eden Loop, Hobson Bay Walkway, Mt St John, Auckland Museum & the Parnell Loop
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Seat overlooking the pond at Auckland Domain

5 University of Auckland Walks – Symonds Street

5 shorter walks for the University of Auckland Sport and Recreation staff and students, to enable them to enjoy a walk in their day.
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Albany Massey Loop

7.5 km • 1 hour 30 minutes • Medium with steps • Today was our first walking exploration in the Albany area of Auckland.
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Ambury Park Farm Walk

The walk around Ambury Park Farm is a fun, family friendly excursion.
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Apirana St Johns Loop

The Apirana St Johns walk makes use of the reserves within walking distance of Glen Innes Train Station.
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Walking up Fort St in Auckland central

Auckland Art Gallery Loop Walk

4 km • 1 hour • Easy • If you are a visitor to Auckland you will find this art gallery walk will help you ...
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Walking through the CBD of Auckland

Auckland CBD Discovery Walk

The Auckland CBD discovery walk is free for people who download my FREE report ‘What to do and see in Auckland’.
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Auckland Domain Heritage Walk

4 km • 2 Hours • Very Easy • It turned out to be a beautiful sunny day in Auckland, time for a relaxing heritage ...
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Couple walking along Mission Bay waterfront

Auckland Waterfront Walk to St Heliers Bay via Mission Bay

9.70 kms • 2 Hours • Very Easy • Effortless walk from Auckland ferry buildings in downtown Auckland to St Heliers Bay along Auckland’s pretty ...
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Boadwalk on the Avondale Whau River walk

Avondale Whau River Walk

The Avondale Whau River walkway from New Lynn, was a new discovery yesterday.
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Awhitu Regional Park Walk

4 kms • 1.5 Hours • Easy
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Pond at Barry Curtis Park in Flatbush

Barry Curtis Park

Sir Barry Curtis Park in Flatbush was farmland and some of the farm’s old stone walls remain.
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Lovely view on the Bayview Coast and Bush Walk

Bayview Coast and Bush Walk

Today we set out to explore the Bayview area near Glenfield on Auckland’s North Shore. What a wonderful surprise to find a beautiful bush walk, ...
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Bayview Giant Kauri Walk

We returned to Bayview on the North Shore to complete a circular walk in a different direction to our previous Bayview Coast and Bush Walk.
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Looking down at the stairs on the Beach Haven Coastal Walk

Beach Haven Coastal Walk

The Beach Haven coastal walk on Auckland’s North Shore hugs to the coastline with views to Bayview, Hobsonville Point and the bush that runs alongside ...
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Belmont Bay Walk

Belmont Bay Walk

This Belmont Bay walk on Auckland’s North Shore, was chosen by my friend after she read an inspiring article about the founder of the Belmont ...
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Flounder Bay in Blockhouse Bay, Auckland

Blockhouse Bay Circuit

45 Minutes • Easy with steps • Have you ever wondered what a “Block House” is? Well, today I found out. Blockhouse Bay walk includes ...
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one of the view Blockhouse Bay Tiriwa Walk

Blockhouse Bay Tiriwa Walk

5 km • 1 hour • Easy • The Blockhouse Bay Tiriwa walk in Auckland follows the high cliff edge alongside Manukau Harbour to Green ...
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Botanic Gardens and Totara Park Loops

Botanic Gardens and Totara Park Loops

A beautiful sunny morning made our trip south for a walk around the Auckland Botanic Gardens and Totara Park walking tracks and the Puhinui Stream ...
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Botany and Dannemora Circuits

This short loop walk exploring the reserves from Botany Town Centre to Dannemora is suitable for people who work at Botany Town Centre and enjoy ...
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Bridge Botany to Cascades Loop Walk

Botany to Cascades Loop Walk

It continues to amaze us how the distances between places seem shorter when we are out walking compared to driving.
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Start of the Bridle Track at Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand (1)

Bridle Track

The Bridle Track is a 1km one way, easy walk from Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island. It took me around 13 mins to walk. ...
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Auckland Museum in the Auckland Domain

Britomart to Auckland Museum Loop

5.6 km • 1 hour • Easy • The mini-tour museum walk takes in the Auckland Domain, Albert Park, Queen Street, Chancery Lane, Vulcan Lane, High ...
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View of Auckland City from the summit of Browns Island

Browns Island Auckland

Wow – Browns Island in Auckland Harbour – what a cool little island to visit for a walk.
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Cascade Walkway Auckland walks

Cascade Walkway

4 kms • 4 Hours • Medium
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Centennial Park Walking Tracks

Centennial Park Walking Tracks

Centennial Park (inland from Campbells Bay on Auckland’s North Shore) is a very large reserve that contains a regenerating native forest.
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Chelsea Heritage Park Loop

Winter is perhaps not the best time to do this bush walk starting at the Chelsea Estate Heritage Park – the track was very muddy ...
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A man with his dog sitting on the bench chilling at the Churchill Park

Churchill Park Loop

5 km • 1 Hour • Easy • Churchill Park is one of a few walks in Auckland that does not have much shelter, so ...
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While I was walking through the Clevedon Reserve Stairway to Heaven walk near Papakura in New Zealand

Clevedon Reserve Stairway to Heaven walk

The Clevedon Reserve Stairway to Heaven walk in Papakura is dog friendly, with huge native trees, views, birdlife & quarry environment.
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Coast to Coast Walk

This weekend we embarked on an alternative Auckland coast to coast walk – from Waitemata Harbour to Manukau Harbour with less road and more parks
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Lovely garden on the Farm Cove walk in Auckland

Coastal Rotary Walkway Pakuranga

10.5 km one way • 1 - 5 hours • Mostly flat walk • One of East Auckland’s most scenic and popular walkways, the coastal ...
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Conifer Grove Circuit

Conifer Grove Circuit

The walk along Conifer Grove Esplanade offers views across Manukau Harbour north to Wattle Downs and south to Karaka.
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Cornwallis Beach Walk

Cornwallis Beach Walk

2 kms • 1 Hour • Very Easy
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Couldrey House Lookout – Wenderholm Regional Park

0.6 km • 15 minutes • Medium
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Beach views on the Cudlip Point Lookout walk at Mahurangi West

Cudlip Point Loop Track & Te Muri Beach

3.5 km • 1 Hour • Steep start up the hill, easy after that • Great short day walk in Mahurangi West over farmland and ...
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Seat at Narrow Neck Beach looking out to Rangitoto Island

Devenport Narrow Neck Loop

The dark grey sky and strong winds did not bode well for our walk from Narrow Neck Beach (north of Devonport) to Ngaratinga Bay – ...
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Devonport and North Head Loop Walk

One of my favorite walks in Auckland is North Head and Devonport. There are many things to do and see in Devonport Village and the ...
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Devonport Heads Walk

7.50 kms • 1.25 Hours • Easy • Excellent short walk in Auckland on the North Shore. Great views from North Head.
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Beautiful view of Auckland city and harbour from the waterfront path to the left of the ferry wharf in Devonport

Devonport Ngataringa Loop

Beautiful view of Auckland city and harbour from the waterfront path to the left of the ferry wharf in Devonport.
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Arriving by ferry for the Devonport to Takapuna Green Route Walk by Freewalks nz

Devonport to Takapuna Green Route Walk

8 km • 2 hours • Easy. According to my GPS, the Devonport to Takapuna Green Route walk is 8km and will take you around ...
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Walking through the bush in Dingle Dell

Dingle Dell and St Heliers Circuit

One of my favourite short bush walks in Auckland is the Dingle Dell Reserve and St Heliers circuit.
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Dog on a leash walks in Auckland

Dog Friendly Walks in Auckland

Our self-guides indicate if there are any dog friendly off-leash exercise areas and/or are suitable for dog friendly walks in Auckland.
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Dog friendly off leash areas in Auckland

Dog Walks in Auckland – Dog Off-leash Areas

Our self-guides indicate if there are any dog friendly off-leash areas and/or are suitable for dog friendly walks in Auckland.
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Watching the lifting bridge in the Auckland Viaduct waiting to cross while a boat passes under

Downtown and Pink Pathway Loop

Discover why I enjoyed the Downtown and Pink Pathway Loop in Auckland CBD so much.
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Native bush and trees at Eskadale and Highbury Reserves

Eskadale and Highbury Reserves

This loop bush walk from Birkenhead War Memorial Park, through the reserves of Ridgewood, Eskdale and Birkenhead Domain was slightly challenging as the map that ...
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Pathway Bush at eskadale reserve bush walk

Eskadale Reserve Bush Walk

If you fancy a bush walk without travelling out of Auckland, then Eskdale Reserve and Birkenhead Domain are it.
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woman walking in the nature

Explore the Shore

“Explore the Shore” is a series of three books each containing 10 main walks and compiled by Margaret Scrymgeour. The walks cover a large area ...
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Family Walk around Panmure Basin

Family Walk around Panmure Basin

4 km • 45 minutes • Easy • It takes only 30 minutes to walk around the Panmure Basin – another Auckland volcanic crater walk.
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Walk out to the beach at Pararaha Point on the Gibbons Track in the Waitakere Ranges

Gibbons Track Walk

14 kms • 3 Hours • Medium • The Gibbons Track is one of our favourite walks in the Waitakere Ranges in Auckland © Freewalks.nz
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Old chapel Glen Eden and Waikumete Cemetery Circuit Walk

Glen Eden and Waikumete Cemetery Circuit Walk

When I first came to live in New Zealand, I lived in Glen Eden. I had never visited Waikumete Cemetery until today. What an amazingly ...
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Tree street and residential area

Glen Eden Bush and Stream Walk

Glen Eden has undergone stream restoration and cycleways development as part of the Twin Streams Project, so we set out for an exploratory walk to ...
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Sandra at Sunset Rock Lookout on the Glenfern Loop Track at Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand

Glenfern Loop Track Walk

Starting in the Glenfern Sanctuary, this walk is a 2.6km loop walk on Great Barrier Island. It took me 1 hour to complete including stops ...
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little stream bridge native bush

Greenhithe Loop Walk

Today we finally got to walk and discover just what a diverse and interesting place Greenhithe is
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View of Pah Homestead near Greenwoods Corner

Greenwoods Corner Walks

5 km • 1 hours • Easy • These short Auckland walks start from Greenwoods Corner and include One tree hill and Pah Homestead.
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Walking track throug Grey Lynn Park

Grey Lynn Explorer

5.58 km • 1 hour 10 mins • Easy • This walk explores both Cox’s Bay Reserve and Grey Lynn Park.
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Looking at the boats in Half Moon Bay Marina in East Auckland

Half Moon Bay East

This walk at Half Moon Bay explores the parks and reserves to the east, and then heads down to Eastern Beach.
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Views from the bench seat at Half Moon Bay in East Auckland

Half Moon Bay West

Half Moon Bay was bathed in sunshine this morning – very welcome after a week of rain.
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Hamlins Hill Grassland and Bush

Hamlins Hill – Historic Gem

Hamlins Hill (Mutukaroa) Regional Park is a gem in the midst of Auckland City with a rich history and plenty of open space for you ...
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Sandra at the top of the Harataonga Loop Walk on Great Barrier Island

Harataonga Loop Walk

3.36 km • 1 hour 15 minutes • Steep, but not too bad • Harataonga walk on Great Barrier Island delivers panoramic ocean views, rainforest, ...
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Health benefits of walking

Health benefits of walking

Lets get out and walk, it's good for you!
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Entrance and walk path Henderson Creek Loop

Henderson Creek Loop

It turned out to be a wonderful warm spring day – perfect for exploring the pathways beside Henderson Creek in West Auckland
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Bench Henderson Opanuku Stream Circuit

Henderson Opanuku Stream Circuit

The Henderson Opanuku Stream walk comes under Project Twin Streams.
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Sea views on the Herald Island Path in Hobsonville, Auckland by Sandra at Freewalks.nz

Herald Island Path

2.7 km • 40 minutes • Easy • Herald Island Path is an easy loop walk in Hobsonville, Auckland.
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Heritage Trail – Shakespear Regional Park - Auckland

Heritage Trail – Shakespear Regional Park

3.9 km • 2 hours • Medium
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Highbrook Park Loop

If you have been out to Highbrook Business Park in South Auckland, you may have noticed a walkway along the waters edge to the north. ...
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Kayak on Manukau Harbour in Auckland

Hillsborough Cemetery to the Bays

60 Minutes • Easy with steps • The Hillsborough Cemetery to the Bays walk is one of the few walks in Auckland that does not ...
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Mangere Mountain

Historic and Spectacular Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain and Domain are one of Aucklands true gems to explore. It is full of spectalular views of Aucklands Harbours and City, as well ...
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Hobson Bay Circuit

9 km • 1 hour 45 minutes • Easy • We made the most of today’s fine weather and walked the circumference of Hobson Bay.
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Looking out over Hobson Bay near Parnell

Hobson Bay Walkway and Parnell

1 hour • Easy • This walk in Auckland is a low tide walk around Hobson Bay and Parnell
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Looking at the creek at Hobson Bay

Hobson Bay Walkway Loop

4.7 km • 1 hour • Easy • Catch a train from Britomart to Orakei, and enjoy a walk along the Hobson Bay Walkway with ...
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Boardwalk with kids on the Hobsonville Point coastal walkway in West Auckland

Hobsonville Point Path – The Coastal Walkway

5.5 km • 1.5 hours • Easy • Also known as The Coastal Walkway, this is a great loop walk around the point is suitable ...
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Beach and wharf at Judges Bay in Auckland - Walk by Freewalks.nz

Judges Bay Path Walk in Auckland

1.7 km • 30 minutes • Easy loop walk around Dove Meyer Robinson Park down to Judges Bay beach then through the cemetery, onto a ...
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Statue in Myer Park off Karangahape Road in Auckland CBD

Karangahape Road and Parks

4 km • 1 hour • Easy • The weather did not look too promising this morning (it did improve), so we set out to ...
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Karangahape Road to Queens Wharf Art Path

5 km • 1.25 hours • Very easy
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View from Kepa Bush Reserve looking at the 2 Auckland Volcanos

Kepa Bush

30 Minutes • Very Easy • Kepa Bush is another short walk in Auckland treasure that contains bush trails and native trees, flora and fauna ...
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residential along the way Kingsland Explorer

Kingsland Explorer

5 km • 1 hour • Easy • Today we explored Kinglsland, an Auckland walk that we have driven past many times on the North ...
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View of the stadium on the Kingsland Mt Eden Loop walk

Kingsland Mt Eden Loop

7 km • 1.5 hours • Easy • This Auckland walk takes you from Kingsland Train Station (with views of Mt Albert), touches the city ...
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Sandra at the lookout at Kiwiriki Bay, Great Barrier Island

Kiwiriki Bay Lookout Walk

2.6 km • 1 hour 15 minutes there and back • Steep, straight up • Such a great walk and well worth the uphill workout ...
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Mother and baby swan on Lake Pupuke in Takapuna

Lake Pupuke Takapuna

Today’s walk around Lake Pupuke in Takapuna was a discovery one.
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Le Roys Bush Loop

Saying that you are going for a walk in the bush in urban Auckland, may sound like an oxymoron, however, that is one of the ...
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Stop at the seat for lovely views on the Long Bay Regional Park coastal walk in Auckland - Copyright Freewaks.nz

Long Bay Regional Park Coastal Walk

5.80 kms • 2.5 Hours • Medium
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Lookout Track – Shakespear Regional Park

Lookout Track – Shakespear Regional Park

2.5 km • 1 hour • Medium
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View of the sea on the Lynfield Coastal Walk

Lynfield Coastal Walk

3.75 km • 45 minutes • Medium • The views across to Blockhouse Bay and Manukau Heads in the far distance along the Lynfield coastal ...
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Bench seat overlooking the beach at Macleans Park

Macleans Park and Eastern Beach

4 kms • 1 hour • Easy • Today we explored Macleans Park and Eastern Beach – an area that was new to us.
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couple 2 dogs with view beach

Mairangi Bay Loops

The clifftop and beach loop walks starting at Campbells Bay and taking in Mairangi Bay, and Murrays Bay and part of Rothesay Bay on Auckland’s ...
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Mangemangeroa reserve walking along the coastal bush track

Mangemangeroa Reserve Walking Track

5 km • 1 hour • Very Easy • The Mangemangeroa Shelly Park Beach Path walk was a totally new discovery for us today.
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Mangere Bridge under the bridge

Mangere Bridge Loop Walk

We like to find excuses to head to Mangere Bridge for a walk. The village has a vibrant atmosphere, as the cafes that spill out ...
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View from the old Mangere Bridge of Mangere Mountain

Mangere Bridge to Onehunga Loop walk

7.5 km • 1.5 hours • Easy • Another short walk in Auckland in Mangere. The walk takes in views of Mangere Mountain and Manukau ...
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Mangere Bridge with Mangere Mountain in the background

Mangere Bridge Walks

Mangere Bridge Village is a great little spot to start exploring Auckland’s Manukau Harbour area. Here are our 5 loop walks.
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Mangere Esplanade Loop Walk

Mangere Esplanade Loop Walk

It was a treat to walk along Kiwi Esplanade (Mangere Bridge) at high tide in the sunshine this morning.
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Seat next to the path looking out to Mangere Bridge

Manukau Harbour Coastal Walks

Manukau Harbour has many nooks and crannies to explore. Here are 10 places where you can walk beside Auckland’s Manukau Harbour and enjoy the diverse ...
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Maraetai and Omana Loop Walk

Maraetai and Omana Loop Walk

5 km • Medium • Today was our first walk around the 3 km perimeter of Omana Regional Park near Maraetai (pronounced my-right-eye).
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Beach at maraetai loop coastal walk

Maraetai Loop Coastal Walk

The Maraetai Loop Walk lives up to our criteria for a route that is diverse and interesting
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Hunua Falls Walk

Massey Cossey Loop Track

9 kms • 3 Hours • Medium • This combines two Hunua Tracks, the Cossey Gorge Track, and the Massey Track
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Meadowood Reserves Loop

Meadowood Reserves Loop

The Meadowood Reserves loop walk follows a route documented by Margaret Scrymgeour from her booklet “Explore the Shore”.
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mission Bay fountain

Mission Bay – Walking in the rain

It was a big decision today, do we do the Mission Bay walk this morning, this afternoon or tomorrow due to possible rain?
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The fountain at Mission Bay in Auckland

Mission Bay to Okahu Bay Loop

4.55 km • 50 Minutes • Easy with steps • The loop walk in Auckland from Mission Bay to Okahu Bay takes in the views ...
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Views across to Auckland city from MJ Savage Park

MJ Savage Memorial Park

60 Minutes • Medium with stairs • Despite the low grey clouds we set off on a new walk above Tamaki Drive, Mission Bay around ...
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Moire Park Bush Walk

We have done this Moire Park Bush Walk in Massey, West Auckland, twice previously and this time we returned to make use of the yellow ...
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Beach landing at the start of the Motu Kaikoura Track or Man O War Passagewalk on Great Barrier Island by Sandra from Freewalks.nz New Zealand

Motu Kaikoura Track

The Motu Kaikoura Track is a 4km one way, medium walk on Great Barrier Island. It took me around 2 hours to walk there and ...
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