Take the scenic route, and explore the Hauraki Gulf by foot. Scattered across the emerald islands, there are endless trails through native bush and coastal forest. Many offer stunning views of Auckland, neighbouring islands and beyond. Embark on day-long urban coast-to-coast adventure, follow rugged terrain to the summit of a volcanic island, or take a short track through lush forest to a pristine beach.

Walking Track Rangitoto Island

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  • Rangitoto Summit Track
  • The most popular of the walks on Rangitoto Island
  • Begins at the wharf and climbs through lava fields
  • Stand 259 metres above sea level at the summit
  • Panoramic views over the Hauraki Gulf to Auckland
  • Time: 1 hr one way from Rangitoto Wharf
  • Distance 3.1 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Walking Track Tiritiri Matangi Island

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  • Kawerau Track Loop
  • Spot rare birdlife in a regenerating forest
  • Look out for the kororā (little blue penguin) nesting boxes along the trail
  • Relax on Hobbs Beach
  • Visit the oldest operating lighthouse in New Zealand
  • Beautiful views across the Hauraki Gulf to the Coromandel Peninsula
  • Time: 3 hours to complete a loop from the Wharf
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Walking Track Waiheke Island

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  • Southern Walk Track
  • Traverse Waiheke’s southern coastal headland
  • Walk the Church Bay track with stunning views back to Auckland City and Rangitoto
  • Visit wineries along the way or a café in Oneroa Village on your return
  • Time: Approximately 2.25 hours
  • Distance: 8.3 km
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Walking Track Rotoroa Island

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  • Southern Loop Track
  • A popular walk beginning from the Exhibition Centre, and a 10-minute walk from the wharf
  • Take a detour to Men’s Bay, before looping around the South Tower
  • View the Chris Booth Sculpture and Ruthe Point Lookout
  • Time: 1.25 hours return from the Exhibition Centre
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Walking Track Devonport

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  • Waterfront & Twin Peaks
  • Summit track to North Head to explore the network of North Head tunnels
  • Mount Victoria Summit walk and explore the bunker and gun emplacements
  • Take in amazing 360-degree views of Auckland city and the Hauraki Gulf from North Head
  • Stroll along the historic waterfront street of King Edward Parade
  • Time: Approximately 2 hours return from Devonport Wharf (depending on stops & detours)
  • Distance: 6.2 km
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Walking Track Coromandel Town

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  • Kauri Block Track
  • Take in views of the Coromandel coastline
  • Walk among the mighty native Kauri trees
  • Spectacular 360-degree views of the Coromandel Ranges, islands and township
  • Time: Approximately 45 minutes one way
  • Distance: 1.7 km one way
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Walking Track Motutapu Island

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  • Rangitoto Island to Home Bay Wharf
  • Walk from the volcanic Rangitoto Island to Motutapu’s lush, green landscape
  • Steeped in Maori history
  • Follow the coastal track
  • Time: 3.5 hours one-way
  • Distance: 9.8 km one-way
  • Difficulty: Moderate
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Walking Track Coast to Coast Walk

Coast to Coast Auckland walk
  • Walk across the Auckland isthmus in just one day
  • See landscapes shaped by 600 years of Maori settlement
  • Stunning views of the city
  • Pass through historic suburbs, five volcanic sites to woodland settings, hills, parks, gardens and more
  • Time: Full day
  • Distance: 16 km one way
  • Difficulty: Easy
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