Rangitoto island walk

This is THE walk to take visitors on as the views are super impressive plus it involves a ferry ride that feels like a sightseeing cruise in itself. Speaking of, the ferry ride there is a little on the pricey side ($30 return pp) so make sure you set aside a good few hours to enjoy the island and get your money’s worth. It’s easy to do really as the place is truly spectacular.

Check out our experience on the island for some more practical tips.

Lake Wainamu loop track

We took a five year old on this route and she lasted the distance without a single complaint so I take that as a rave review. We did have to take a couple of pit stops where we refuelled with lollies but aside from that, all was hunky dory. She particularly enjoyed the last part where we were forced to remove our shoes and wade through the river as the path had been washed away.  A great one if you’re into epic sand dunes or waterfalls and who isn’t really.

For more tips on getting the most out of your time out this way check out our full post (includes where to get the best kumara fries afterwards).

Mt Eden Summit

You can either walk or run this track if you’re feeling ambitious. It’s not too long to get to the top and once you’re there you’ll see why there were so many others doing the same thing. The views of the city at the top are amazing as is the massive crater that you end up standing on. It is totally worth strolling through the cuteness of Mt Eden village once you’ve made it back down to earth. Super cute bookstores, yum cafes and boutique shops galore. Circus Circus is a good option for brunch but be prepared for it to be hellishly busy.

Milford to Takapuna

This walk had been raved about to us by loads of people so we decided to see what the fuss was all about. This will take you just under an hour and you trek right beside the water so it really is beautiful. It’s mandatory to stop for lunch or an ice cream from the Takapuna beach cafe before you turn around and head back. 

Check out our review of the cafe and more info about the walk in our full post.

Le Roys Bush

We are lucky enough for this to be our local – it’s literally a 5 minute stroll from our pad which makes me feel extremely grateful to live in a country like New Zealand. From a pretty unassuming entranceway down at Little Shoal Bay, this area of bush is so lush and it’s a bit of a pick-a-path situation where you can easily nip back up to the main drag of Birkenhead or really explore and work up an appetite before you hit up one of the many great brunch options on Hinemoa Street.  

More on that in our brunching in Birkenhead post.

Le Roys Bush in Birkenhead, Auckland