Auckland Walks

Beaches & Walking Tracks

Piha Beach
A great black-sand beach, popular with surfers and easily distinguished by its famous landmark Lion Rock. Lion Rock is an adventure in itself, with a steep 70m climb to the top of these eroded volcanic remains, but the view once there is spectacular! There is plenty of car parking nearby, so there is no excuse, pack the sun umbrella and sun hat and head on down to Piha Beach.

Kitekite Falls Track
A hop, skip and jump from Piha you will find the Kitekite Falls track. Leaving from the Glen Esk Road carpark, this 1.8km long loop will take you approximately 1Ĺ hours to walk. Be prepared to head through beautiful coastal bush to the enchanting Kitekite Falls.

Montana Heritage Trail
The Montana Heritage Trail is a circular tramp which encompasses a number of existing tracks and has a number of smaller tracks branching off. Features of special note on this trail are the mature kauri forest, the Waitakere Dam and of course the fantastic scenic views. This 8km track will take approximately four hours and begins from the end of Falls Road.

Karekare Beach
Well known as the location for Jane Campionís triple Oscar winning movie The Piano and episodes of the television series Xena Warrior Princess, Karekare Beach affords rugged beauty and exceptional waves for the surfers.

To find out more about walking tracks out west visit the Arataki Visitor Centre.


A Maori Guided Walk of Auckland - Tamaki Hikoi

The walk begins at Maungawhau (Mt Eden); the site of a majestic Pā (Maori strategic stronghold). You will walk past iconic Auckland landmarks, stopping along the way at places of historical significance to the Maori. After a brief break the journey continues through the heart of the city, before coming to an end at the edge of the Waitemata Harbour on Aucklandís waterfront.