Auckland's best walks for the weekend

By Fiona Connor

Waitakere Ranges. Photo / NZ Herald
Waitakere Ranges. Photo / NZ Herald

As the warmer weather works in our favour, take advantage of the opportunity to unplug and venture out this weekend with one of these great Auckland walks.

Cascade Falls Loop Track

Distance: 1.5 km
Time: 1 hour
Difficulty: Easy - Moderate
Access: 35km from Auckland CBD - Falls Road, Waitakere

If you've been wanting to get to know the Waitakere Ranges a little better this is a great place to start. The easy grade track is ideal for all ages and easily accessible. There's huge kauri and totara trees, and a waterfall with its own majestic swimming spot.

Cascade Falls is in  Kauri Regional Park.
Cascade Falls is in Kauri Regional Park.

The loop begins in the same spot as it ends and there are signs posted with directions to the Cascade Falls. Don't forget something to swim in and a towel for a refreshing dip in the cool water.

Rangitoto Island Summit

Distance: 4.6km
Time: 1 hour each way
Difficulty: Moderate
Access: 25minute ferry from Auckland CBD

If you're a long-time Auckland city dweller this is one walk that must be ticked off the list. As Auckland's largest volcano Rangitoto is also home to the world's largest p[ohutukawa forest. The island offers stunning views of Auckland city and the harbour and what's better than an adventure that includes a boat ride?

Rangitoto Summit. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Rangitoto Summit. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Walking directly to the summit grants a particularly pretty 360-degree view across the Hauraki Gulf, Waitakere Ranges in the west and Hunua Ranges in the east. The ferry runs three times through weekdays and five times daily over the weekend. Pack a picnic and make a day of it.

Hunua Falls. Photo / Michael Craig
Hunua Falls. Photo / Michael Craig

Mokoroa Stream Track

Distance: 4.5km one way
Time: 2 hours
Difficulty: Easy
Access: 45km west of Auckland

The Mokoroa Stream Track is an advanced loop walk which comes off the Goldie Bush Walkway which is found between Muriwai and Waitakere on the west coast of Auckland.

Goldie Bush Walkway is in Te Henga area. Photo / Natalie Slade
Goldie Bush Walkway is in Te Henga area. Photo / Natalie Slade

The track leaves the Goldie Bush Walkway at a junction before the swing bridge and follows the Mokoroa Stream. A lookout is located at the top of the Makoroa Falls Track and has striking views.

Upper Nihotupu Walk

Distance: 2.6km
Time: 1.5hours to dam and back
Difficulty: Moderate
Access: 25km from Auckland CBD

With fantastic views of the beautiful native bush, the walk to the Nihotupu Dam also includes epic waterfalls to marvel at along the way. At over 100ft tall and packed with 530 million gallons of water, the Nihotupu Dam is an impressive sight.

Great for a family day out or a simple escape from the hustle and bustle within the city. Apart from some steep stairs at the end of the picnic area loop — which isn't an essential part of the walk, this walk is ideal for all fitness abilities.

Coast to Coast Walkway

Distance: 16km from one side to the other
Time: 4-5hours
Difficulty: Moderate
Access: Waitemata Harbour, Auckland CBD

The Coast to Coast walk in a great way to get to know Auckland city better. The 16km hike across Auckland from Waitemata to Manukau takes you through the city's historic landscape, shaped by 600 years of Maori occupation.

Travelling across five volcanoes, all which offer independently remarkable views of Auckland, the walk is ideal to stop for coffee, lunch or at one of the many attractions.

Relish the opportunity to see some of New Zealand's finest natural and built heritage with outstanding panoramic views throughout the journey.

For more Great Bush Walks around Auckland, check out Viva.co.nz

- NZ Herald

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