Auckland offers a diverse range of scenery and the same goes for day walks in the area. All within a few hours' drive – or ferry ride – of the CBD.

Take a short ferry ride to Rangitoto Island, an iconic part of the Auckland landscape. Climb to the top of the dormant volcano on the Rangitoto Summit Track and experience awesome views of the city. This walk is a great option if you’d like to get out on the water and do some walking.

If you’re in the mood for wild rugged beaches and shaded native bush, hike the Te Henga Walkway. Walk on by beaches with large swells and endless dunes like Piha and Muriwai.

To experience a cross-section of Auckland life, try the Coast to Coast Walk. Although this walk only lasts for 4 – 5 hours, it crosses the entire width of the country and passes by heritage sites, volcanoes, and city scenes. It’s a great way to get up close and personal with our largest city.

Rotoroa Island(opens in new window) was once an island that housed New Zealand's first addiction treatment centre, but today it is home to many endangered native species including kiwi and takahē. The tranquility and views from the island also make for excellent day walks, the most popular being the North Tower Loop Track.

Before you go...

A number of tracks in the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park have been closed to help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease. For more information, see the Auckland Council website(opens in new window).

Recommended Experiences

  1. Rangitoto Summit Track

    • Lava caves and crater
    • Panoramic views over Auckland
    • Swimming spots

    This hike travels over scoria, on a hot day heat reflecting off the ground can be intense.

    • 2 hours (return)
    • 7 km
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  2. Coast to Coast Walk

    • Heritage sites
    • Volcanoes
    • Urban landscape


    • 4-5 hrs
    • 16 km
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  3. Te Henga Walkway

    • Rugged, wild, west coast
    • Coastal cliffs
    • Close to Auckland Central

    This track is part of the Hilary Trail.

    • 3 hours (return)
    • 8 km (Raetahinga Point Return)
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  4. Rotoroa Island

    • Conservation island
    • Native bird sanctuary
    • Great day walking

    The North Tower Loop track is a 45-minute walk, taking you across swimming beaches, wetlands and forest

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