Bike Ride / Walk: Ambury Regional Park, Mangere Bridge, Auckland

Although I biked this track, this would also be a nice easy walking track. THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: End of Ambury Rd, Mangere Bridge, Auckland 2022 Parking: Lots of parking at the end of Ambury road or there are multiple other carparks along the track accessible from other roads. Toilets: Yes, at the…

Te Ara O Whangamaire, Patumahoe

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Clive Howe Bush Reserve, Patumahoe Parking: Lots of parking at the rugby fields, then its just a short walk down to the first turn of Clive Howe Road. There is a sign that I have below you need to look out for. Toilets: Not at the Dogs: Yes,…

Rooseville Park, Pukekohe, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Multiple entrances: End of Totara Avenue ; End of Roose Avenue ; Middle of Ngahere Road Parking: Yes – End of Totara Avenue & end of Roose Avenue there is a cul-de-sac that you can park on; Middle of Ngahere Road there is a gravel patch on the…

Waiuku Forest, Otaua

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: We went up the sealed entrance off End of Wilson Rd S, Otaua 2682 – however there is also an entrance off of Ghezzie Road that is an unsealed road. Parking: Plenty of parking at the end of the road. As the forest is also used for horse riding,…

Manukau Heads Lighthouse

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Manukau Heads, end of Lighthouse Road. See map below Parking: Parking at the bottom of the track, however can get quite busy. Note that the gate is open from 9am to 5pm Toilets: Yes (long-drop) Dogs: No Shoes: Normal sneakers / any shoe you’re comfortable in Date Walked:…

Historic Walkway to Waikino, Karangahake Gorge

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Karangahake Gorge Parking: Lots of parking at the beginning of the walk Toilets: There are toilets right by the car park, as well as a picnic area Dogs: Dogs on leash only Shoes: Normal walking shoes are ok, we decided to go up to the waterfall and this…

Rail Tunnel Loop + Windows Walk, Karangahake Gorge

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Karangahake Gorge Parking: Lots of parking at the beginning of the walk Toilets: There are toilets right by the car park, as well as a picnic area Dogs: Dogs on leash only Shoes: Normal walking shoes are ok, we decided to go up to the waterfall and this…

Alexandra Redoubt, Tuakau

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: End of Alexandra Redoubt Road, Tuakau Parking: At the end of the road Toilets: No Dogs: Yes, I took my dog and just kept her on her lead but there were other people there with their dogs off the lead running around. Shoes: I had my normal walking…

Mt. Ruapehu Scenic Chairlift Ride, Tongariro National Park

Although I would not class this as a walk, I would say if you’re in the area this is a must do during the summer months. Always make sure you check the website before you head off, as the chairlifts may be closed due to bad weather. To get to these chair lifts, you will…

Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Tongariro National Park

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Tongariro National Park, central North Island Parking: Yes, however I would recommend getting there early to get as close to the start as possible. There are also shuttle buses you can book to avoid having to take your car. Note, that both car parks are down gravel roads…

Clevedon Scenic Reserve, Camp Sladdin, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: End of Thorps Quarry Road, Clevedon, Auckland, 2582 Parking: Yes, plenty of parking Toilets: Yes, at the car park Dogs: Yes Shoes: I wore my hiking boots, however most of the walkers I passed were wearing sneakers. Date Walked: 29 January 2017 Weather Conditions: Hot, sunny, dry Distance:…

Tawhai Falls Walk, Tongariro National Park

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: 6 km along SH 48, off of SH 47, Tongariro National Park Parking: Yes, off road and road side parking Toilets: No Dogs: No Shoes: Sneakers Date Walked: 4 January 2017 Weather Conditions: Dry, Sunny, Warm Distance: 800 meters Time Required: 10 – 15 minutes Final Rating: ★★★★★ GETTING…

Upper Mangatawhiri Reservoir, Ernies Track, Hunua, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Moumoukai Road onto ARA Drive, Hunua Regional Park, Hunua *This walk is down a very rough, long gravel road* Parking: Yes Toilets: Yes Dogs: Yes on leash, however I would not recommend for this track Shoes: Hiking boots are a must on this track. There are a few very…

Upper Nihotupu Dam Walk, Waiatarua, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: 1.6km from the start of Piha Road, Waiatarua, Auckland. Parking: Yes, there is a nice big car park Toilets: Yes, one toilet just after the bush section of the walk Dogs: Yes, on leash Shoes: Sneakers would be fine, I wore my hiking boots as we had been doing…

Kitekite Falls, Piha, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Kitekite Falls, Piha, Auckland Parking: Yes, there is plenty of parking Toilets: Yes, at the car park Dogs: Yes FfShoes: Hiking boots or sneakers. Some parts of the track are quite rough, so I was glad I had my boots on! Date Walked: 28 January 2017 Weather Conditions:…

Lion Rock, Piha, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Piha Beach, Piha, Auckland Parking: Yes, there is plenty of off street parking around Piha. We parked in the Piha Domain and there was plenty of space. Toilets: Yes / No, there was no toilets near our car, however there are public toilets all over Piha and nearer…

Harker Reserve Walk, Onewhero, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: Onewhero-Tuakau Bridge Road, Onewhero, 2697 Parking: Yes, plenty of off-road parking on a nice piece of grass or on the gravel shoulder Toilets: No Dogs: Yes, on lead Shoes: I wore my sneakers, however it was muddy in patches of the track that are heavily shaded by the…

Mt. William Trig Walk, Bombay, Auckland

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: End of Puketutu Road, Bombay, Auckland Parking: Yes Toilets: No Dogs: No. Shoes: I wore my sneakers, however it was raining and they were soaked right through within a few minutes due to walking on grass. If the weather is wet or has been raining, waterproof boots would be…

Major Jones to Red Hut Bridge Walk, Turangi

THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO: Location: End of Koura Street, Turangi (There are multiple entrances to this walk) Parking: Yes, on Koura Street Toilets: Yes, at Red Hut bridge car park (long drop) Dogs: Yes, on or off lead Shoes: Sneakers, dry track in excellent condition Date Walked: 5 January 2017 Weather Conditions: Sunny,…

Tram Line / Anderson Walk, Waitakere Reservoir

Things to know before you go: Location: (Opposite number 773) Scenic Drive, Henderson Valley, Auckland Parking: Yes Toilets: Yes, at the Dam Dogs: Yes and No. Dogs are allowed on one part of the track, however there are bait stations with Poison, I would not take my dog here. Shoes: I wore my hiking / waterproof…