About Richard

What a great city we live in – featuring fascinating volcanic cones, picturesque coastline and stunning bush walks. Alongside this are many other city walks – urban, parks, farmland and various trails. This website aims to provide information and instructions to a wide range of these interesting and varied Auckland walks.

I founded another Auckland walking website a few years ago in honour of my father-in-law, Hugh Willis, who has built many walking tracks on Auckland’s North Shore over the past 40 years. The main purpose of the greataucklandwalks website was to place GPS maps of his tracks online, along with detailed information about the tracks.

Richard Wagener

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Richard's walks in New Zealand

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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Pigeon Mountain wetlands boardwalk

Pigeon Mountain Volcanic Cone

One of Auckland’s less known and visited volcanic cones in Half Moon Bay, East Auckland
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puhinui grass

Puhinui Stream Forrest Walk

This walk is through an extensive site of native bush alongside Totara Park & the Manurewa Botanical Gardens is beautiful, challenging and interesting
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Coastal walkway along Turanga Creek

Whitford Beach – Turanga Creek Walk

This stunning walk surprised as we set out to discover an original walkway today.
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Rosedale Park Path

Unsworth Heights Native Bush to Beautiful Rosedale Park

The Unsworth Heights to Rosedale Park walkway is a spectacular ‘there & back’ walk with many activities and options for variety to make it a ...
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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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West Harbour Track Start

West Harbour Loop

Starting by the West Harbour Marina, the West Harbour Loop walk is fully paved, winds through wonderful bush and provides stunning views over the water ...
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Stunning Roses

Parnell Rose Gardens Loop with Views and Beautiful Scents

Beautiful gardens, huge Pohutukawa trees, history, sculptures, monuments, swimming and wonderful harbour views ensure the Parnell Rose Gardens Loop is a walk for all to ...
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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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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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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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