Nothing beats a good walk on a nice day, it’s a great way to keep fit, take in the natural splendor, and in most cases, practically free to do. One of the great things about being located in the outer reaches of the city is that it’s relatively easy to get to, and experience, many of the great walks the city has to offer in and around the large city limits.
So, for those who like to keep active on your holiday, we have picked four of our favorite local hotspots!
Auckland is built in and around about forty-eight volcanos (don’t worry they are extinct for the most part) Rangitoto being the youngest and as a result, offers one hell of a view from its peak. The walk to the summit takes about an hour, but there are also other small tracks and history to explore across the island. So, chuck on a decent pair of shoes, catch a return ferry from the city center and go climb a volcano!
This living and breathing New Zealand advertisement features a twenty-eight-meter-high waterfall and a bevy of swimming holes, and you may want to take a dip as you’ll work up a sweat on the three to four hour walk it takes to get there (there are shorter walks to enjoy, if you aren’t in the mood). Surrounded by beautiful New Zealand bush, this is one hidden Kem you won’t want to miss out on!
Coast to Coast Walk
Ranked as one of the top ten city hikes in the world by Lonely Planet, this is one you’ll want to your list of must-do walks! Plus, it’s one of the only walks in the country that links from one side of the country to the other! These sixteen kilometers walk weaves from the Waitemata and Manukau harbors, taking you on a journey through Auckland volcanos, Maori history, photogenic views and historic landmarks. This is a whole day trip so pack a bottle and decent pair of shoes – it’s gonna be a great journey!
Okura Bush Walk
Step out of the city and deep into the rich New Zealand wilderness on this three-hour hike that will take you across cliff tops and through the natural wilderness on a round track through Stillwater, a ten-minute drive out of Albany. Pack a picnic and sturdy pair of shoes and book this one in on a nice day!