Encircled by an azure coastline, the parks of Auckland offer a welcome escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Striking volcanic islands fringed with white sandy beaches, verdant rainforests, and glassy lakes – there’s so much to see.
Duder Regional Park
A little-known park in South-East Auckland, Duder Regional Park is a hidden gem. This popular tourist spot gives visitors a genuine glimpse of New Zealand’s rural culture and is highly regarded by Kiwis themselves. Guests to Duder Park may get up close and personal with sociable farm animals while taking in breathtaking vistas of the Hauraki Gulf. Get your fill of paradise with its sandy beaches, Pohutukawa-lined bays, and blue waters. On Sundays, Clevedon hosts a massive farmers market where you can buy everything from fresh fruits and vegetables to handmade treats.
Tawharanui Regional Park
Tawharanui Regional Park is one of Auckland’s best-kept secrets and an absolute must for any visitor to the city. This area, which extends into the Pacific Ocean, was once a private farm. The lengthy northern beach is a popular place to surf and swim because it features some of Auckland’s most picturesque white sand beaches, shingled coves, native coastal forest, and rolling grasslands. Campervan sites are available, and the location is around 1.5 hours north of Auckland’s central business district.
Shakespear Regional Park
Shakespear Regional Park situated at the tip of a short peninsula features a beach and breathtaking cliff top views. Relax on a beach and get lost in a good book, or embark on an adventure over farmland and native bush to take in the breathtaking vistas of the Hauraki Gulf. Shakespear Regional Park is a tranquil haven with breathtaking views about 40 minutes from the heart of Auckland.
Tapapakanga Regional Park
Journey through coastal forests, mangroves, and wetlands while taking in the stunning views of the Firth of Thames. This area is also a great place for bird watching, with over 70 different species of birds that have been recorded in this scenic coastal farm park. Tapapakanga Regional Park is located an hour’s drive from Auckland CBD, making it the perfect day trip for those wanting to escape the city.