Best Hikes in Auckland

In New Zealand you can always find an amazing hike in the area you are staying at. Since Auckland is the most visited City in New Zealand by tourists & the most populated City in New Zealand. I will Present some of the greatest hikes that you can do that are only a few KMs away from the City Centre.

1- Rangitoto Island (8 KM from Auckland City)

Access: 25min Ferry Ride from Auckland Ferry Terminal  (Adult Ticket $33 Return)
Erupted more than 600 years ago from the Sea, The island is one of the youngest inhabitant islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Its peak is 259 meters above sea level & You can spot the island almost anywhere on the east coast of Auckland.
Rangitoto island is also connected to its neighbor Island Motutapu by a causeway.
After a four-year eradication programme, Rangitoto and Motutapu were declared pest-free Islands in 2011 that’s why It has the largest pōhutukawa forest in the world and is a safe place for endangered native birds.
The Hike to the Summit takes about 2 Hrs Return, There is also a longer hike that goes around the island for 8hrs return.
You Must Bring your own food and water as there are no shops on the island & Remeber to check the ferry timings for your return.

2- Shakespear Regional Park (49.5 KM from Auckland City Centre)

Access:Driving for 50min, Public Bus or Ferry to Gulf Harbour then Bus.
Summer gate opening hours‎: ‎6:00 a.m. – 9:00 PM  |  Winter gate opening hours‎: ‎6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m  |  Pedestrian Access is 24hrs
This is one of my favorite parks in Auckland, a little bit far from the center but absolutely worth every mile traveled.
It’s an open sanctuary, Pest free habitat provides a safe home for endangered native wildlife.
Not only you can hike in Shakespeare but you can also bike around the park using biking tracks and there is a Lodge inside the park if you wish to stay overnight.
There is different hikes & lookouts through the park starting at 0.5 KM up to 5KM tracks.
It’s an open sanctuary and in March 2018 20 Little Spotted Kiwi (which is a rare kiwi species) were translocated from Kapiti Island & became 29 by April 2019.
Important: Dog walking is strictly prohibited in the Park as they are a threat to Kiwi bird.

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