1. Hunua Falls
In the Hunua Range Regional Park, south of Auckland city, is the 30-metre high Hunua Falls. Not only does the area have a number of bushwalks but it’s also a good place for a swim in the waterfall pool.
2. Arataki Visitors Centre
Make a stop at the Arataki Visitors Centre to get a photo with this picture frame capturing the Waitakere Ranges, in the north-west of Auckland.
3. Waitakere Ranges
Another shot of the Waitakere Ranges can be found at Cascade Park. Walk among giant kauri trees in this northern part of the ranges. [Update: the tracks at Cascade Park are closed for kauri protection. See the Auckland council website for closed track].
4. Shakespear Regional Park
Beaches, native bush and pastureland can be found at Shakespear Regional Park on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula in Auckland’s North Shore.
Situated in Mahurangi Regional Park, north of Orewa, is the picture-perfect campground and beach of Sullivans Bay.
6. Tapapakanga Regional Park
This coastal park is north of the Hunua Ranges. Enjoy beaches and coastal walks.
7. Wenderholm Regional Park
Another beach getaway is in the Wenderholm Regional Park, just north of Waiwera in North Shore.
8. Long Bay Regional Park
Plenty of people spend summer on this stretching beach between Albany andSilverdale, North Shore.
9. Awhitu Regional Park
What a shocker: more beaches! It’s also worthclimbing the steps to the lighthouse for views over the rugged coast of the Awhitu Penninsula,southof Auckland city.
10. Ambury Regional Park
This working farm on the Manukau Harbour, South Auckland, is the perfect place for bird and sheep spotting.