Nature Attractions in Auckland

The best way to enjoy Auckland to its full is to put on whatever is appropriate, be it a T-shirt, shorts and jandals, or a fleece and waterproof jacket, and get out there. New Zealand is an outdoor country and Auckland is an outdoor kind of city. You can hit one of the beautiful West Coast beaches such as Bethells or Muriwai to wonder at the black sand or peep at the baby gannets. Or have a surf! In the Waitakeres you can trudge through the bush for an hour's walk or a two day tramp. Be sure to check in at the Arataki Visitors Centre beforehand for maps and wildlife information. Or, what about volcanoes? Climb up Mt. Eden or One Tree Hill in Cornwall Park. And there is always Rangitoto. That sleeping giant you can see out in the harbour makes for a wonderful day out exploring. You can get there by ferry or go to Ferg's Kayaks and paddle you own way out. You'll need a good level of fitness for that! More offerings that include water are to take up a whale and dolphin safari cruise, or imagine yourself as a part of an America's Cup team and go out for a sail on the "Ultimate America's Cup Experience".

Arataki Visitor Centre

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Scenic Drive
Waitakere

Educational introduction to the Waitakere Ranges...
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Bethells Beach (Te Henga)

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Bethells Road
Waitakere

Wild West coast beach... read more

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Muriwai Gannet Colony

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Muriwai Beach
Muriwai Beach

View up Muriwai Beach... read more

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Waitakere Ranges (The)

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Waitakere City

Take a hike in the hills out west... read more

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Mount Eden

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Mount Eden Road

Trig station... read more

Cornwall Park

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Green Lane
Maungakiekie

Beautiful park surrounding One Tree Hill... read more

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Rangitoto Island

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Hauraki Gulf

Youngest volcano in Auckland... read more

Ferg's Kayaks

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12 Tamaki Drive
Okahu Bay

Kayak the harbour... read more

Auckland's Whale and Dolphin Safari Cruise

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Quay Street

Dolphins and whales!... read more

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The Ultimate America's Cup Experience

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Sailing... read more
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