Auckland has many opportunities for hiking or, as Kiwis call it, tramping. This may surprise many people since auckland is our biggest city, but remember that, by land, Auckland is one of the biggest cities in the world. When you've only got 1.3 million, that means there are a lot of open spaces to explore. You can stay within the city's central areas and do some smaller walks up the volcanoes such as Mt. Eden, or One Tree Hill in Cornwall Park or do the Coast to Coast. The Coast to Coast, is a great way to get your bearings in the city and it's a full day's walk. Or, you can head out into the Gulf on a boat and climb around on Waiheke Island or Rangitoto. Rangitoto is just a day trip and you'd need to take all the food and water you will want, but Waiheke has many accommodation opportunities if you'd prefer to stay the night. Plus, they have wineries...just saying! The other great option is to head out west. stop in at the Arataki Visitors Centre to get all the information you'll need to choose a track or, better yet, talk to the knowledgable staff. They can advise you on something suitable for everyone in your party and direct you to the best map for that track. There are plenty of walking trails at and around the West coast beaches. Just stand with your back to the water and start walking. You'll find something soon enough. Try Bethell's, Muriwai (especially for gannets), or Whatipu if you really want to get out into the wild.
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West coast beach with a gannet colony... read more