7 of the Most Scenic Short Strolls in and Around Auckland

Auckland, also known as the City of Sails, isn’t just famous for its picturesque harbours and bustling urban life. It’s also a paradise for walkers and hikers with a treasure trove of scenic trails and coastal paths.

So, lace up those sneakers, grab your water bottle, and let’s take a casual stroll through the best walks in Auckland.

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Mission Bay to St. Heliers

If you’re in the mood for a relaxed coastal walk, head to Mission Bay and follow the promenade to St. Heliers. You’ll be treated to stunning sea views, and there are plenty of spots to grab an ice cream or coffee along the way.

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Rangitoto Summit Track

Feeling a bit more adventurous? Hop on a ferry to Rangitoto Island and tackle the Rangitoto Summit Track. It’s a volcanic island with a lunar landscape, and the view from the top is worth every step. Pro tip: go early to catch the sunrise or a sunset that will blow your mind.

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Auckland Domain

For a dose of nature right in the heart of the city, Auckland Domain is your go-to spot. It’s like a big, lush park with walking trails galore. Plus, you can’t miss the Wintergardens and the duck-filled pond—perfect for a leisurely afternoon.

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One Tree Hill

Climbing up One Tree Hill isn’t just great exercise; it also offers panoramic views of the city. You’ll even find a memorial to Maori people and, of course, that iconic lone tree (well, it’s a monument now, but it’s still worth a visit).

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Photo: Jay Farnworth

Waitakere Ranges

If you’re up for a bit of a drive, the Waitakere Ranges are a West Auckland gem. There are numerous trails to choose from, each leading to waterfalls, native forests, and rugged coastlines. The famous Piha Beach is also nearby.

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Coastal Walkway, North Shore

The North Shore boasts a fantastic Coastal Walkway, taking you along stunning beaches like Takapuna and Milford. It’s the perfect spot for a beach-hop day, and you can even dip your toes in the ocean to cool off.

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Waiheke Island Coastal Walk

Jump on a ferry to Waiheke Island, where you can explore a series of coastal tracks. Each corner reveals breathtaking views of vineyards, beaches, and the shimmering Hauraki Gulf.

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