Some times you need to take a break from the city and what better way to spend your weekend then taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings outside of the city limits. Check out the beautiful coastlines, stunning waterfalls and native bush that Auckland's region has to offer.
Rangitoto Island Summit Walk
One of the best and most famous walks in Auckland is climbing Rangitoto Island, one of 53 volcanoes which can be found in Auckland. The shorter and most popular route to the summit takes an hour but make sure to take the slight detour to check out the island's breathtaking lava caves. Once you reach the summit you're reward is spectacular 360-degree views reaching across the Hauraki Gulf.
Hunua Falls Track
Only a 45 minute drive from the city, this easy 3-4 hour walk takes you to beautiful waterfall and swimming holes. With it's beautiful lush bush surrounding this walk it become a popular track and great for a day out. There are also some smaller 30min tracks if you would prefer to spend the day picnicking.
Coast to Coast Walk
One of the few places in the world where you can walk from one ocean to another. This unique walk takes you from one coast of New Zealand to another, taking in many of the city's volcanoes, and traditional Maori sites and colonial history. But though the walk takes about five hours you will have plenty of opportunities to stop for lunch at one of the numerous cafes along the way as you walk changes from the city to suburbs and urban parks.
This walk may need a bit longer than a weekend to complete with options for 2, 3 or 4 days hiking option and some level of fitness. Open since 2010 it takes through the Waitakere Ranges and follows a variety of terrains and scenery. Stunning views include the rugged West Coast beaches, magnificent native bush including the hundreds of year old native Kauri Trees.
North Shore Coastal Walk
This walk begins at Long Bay Beach and weaves 23km through the beaches and suburbs all the way out to Devonport. Though the whole trail is 7 hours there is still plenty of places to stop for lunch or take a bus back if you only want to complete part of the walk. This is also a great one to do in summer with plenty of chances to take a swim at one of the sandy beaches along the way.
Tamaki Drive Walk
Take in the beauty of Auckland's stunning harbour with a stroll along Tamaki Drive. It is an easy 2 hour walk but leave time to take a detour up to Bastion Point or grab a coffee, or even a cheeky ice cream. It's also a chance to take in the lovely beaches of St Heliers, Kohimarama, and Mission Bay.