Whether you are after a hike in the bush, a stroll along a beach or a meander over the fields, the Auckland region has a huge variety of walks suitable for families. On this occasion, we went for an evening stroll along the Tiritiri Track in Shakespear Regional Park which has all three. We were staying in Belle the Glammavan at the campground so started our walk from there. It’s an easy walk up the farm track and then up the grassy slope to the top of the hill. From there you’ll have views up the coast to the north and out to Tiritiri Matangi Island. It’s a lovely stroll over the fields before dropping down into the regenerating bush and the track takes you on to the beach at Te Haruhi Bay. The perfect spot for a rest and a play – you’ll look out over toward the Auckland skyline seemingly so close but, relaxing on the beach, it will feel just far enough away. We walked about half of the track and it took an hour. The whole Tiritiri Track is 5km and will take about 2 hours. It’s not suitable for buggies so bring a backpack for little kids.
Shakespear Regional Park is a predator free sanctuary at the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, 50km and 50 minutes drive from downtown Auckland, boasting 3 sheltered beaches, rolling farmland, regenerating bush and sweeping coastal views. And did you know you can catch a bus to Shakespear? – you can check the details here at the Auckland Transport journey planner. The 896 bus leaves Albert Street in Auckland central and travels to Army Bay via Takapuna, Albany, Silverdale and Orewa. It’s a bit of a trek, taking two hours, but could be a fun adventure through Auckland’s north! It would be a big hike over to Te Haruhi Bay from the bus stop but the bus terminates at Army Bay – the perfect spot for a picnic and a swim, and the beach is lovely and sheltered from a southerly wind. You can check the weather here and the tides here. And check out our interactive map below for details.
Shakespear Regional Park is a favourite of the Everywhere you go crew and we look forward to sharing some of the other walks in the park with you!