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Auckland Parks and Domains

For the locals and tourists who like a scenic walk that costs nothing, have a look below at the regional parks website. Please note that a lot of parks do not allow dogs, either because of livestock or protecting the wildlife. Aucklands Botanical gardens are really worth a visit, (not quite as large as Kew but free)


Duder regional park is a few K from Clevedon and Maraitai. The main walk, the Farm Loop is 2.4 K and takes about an hour, this is a farm loop so watch out were you step, also their are cattle and sheep, so no dogs allowed. The walk is hilly and you will eventually get to the “trig point” so you can work out how high is the climb. The views over the gulf are as usual stunning (but we get used to that), with vantage points for the islands of the gulf. Our trip was midweek and so we had the place to ourselves, as can been seen by the view of the carpark.

For more info have a look at the regional parks website below and click on Duder

ARC info If you want to experience an escape to the Hauraki Gulf without leaving the mainland, come to Duder Regional Park and enjoy some of the region's most spectacular 360-degree views.

Its landscape, including rolling pasture, high coastal ridges a remote headland, adds to the feeling of isolation and tranquillity, almost as if you were on your own Gulf island. The peaceful setting provides for a number of recreation opportunities including walking, picnicking, horse riding (by permit only), mountain biking, orienteering, fishing, exploring the rocky shore and swimming at high tide.

Duder Regional Park takes its name from the European family who owned the land for almost 130 years.


Our visit Another overcast day, but quite warm, we also got sunburned faces, not enough sunblock. In the UK I always volunteered for walks along the canal etc. working on the basis that the terrain is flat, and so I would not be expected to climb any hills. In NZ I look for beach walks for same reason. Awhitu looked ideal, a nice long domain (park) along the beach, but of course Terri managed to find a nice steep hill atop of which was a look out (“the view is worth the climb”).

Awhitu is about 90K from Auckland by road, because there is a bloody great harbour in the way. The latter part of the journey along the road to the Manakau heads is worth it for that alone. It is well worth visiting the lighthouse at the heads if you can spare the time. The park itself is of course very scenic and being mid week we had it to ourselves. For more info, have a look at the ARC website below.

ARC info. Transformed wetlands lie behind the park's two long, sandy beaches (Kauritutahi Beach and Brook Beach) and provide a wonderful habitat for the rare fernbird (matata) and banded rail (moho pereru).

Both the Awhitu Peninsula and the park take their names from the pre-European Maori settlement of Awhitu, which was located at the western end of Orua Bay to the north of the park. It was named because of the 'yearning' (awhitu) felt by Hoturoa, the commander of the Tainui canoe (waka), when he left the district.

The traditional name for the park's location was Kauritutahi, so named for the single kauri tree which stood on the small islet of the park.


Apologies for only including photos of the beach and missing all the farmland, but the polarising filter dropped off my camera and we retraced our steps looking for it. Never found it though! Still managed red faces even after sun tan lotion and wearing hats, not sure if it was the sun or the wind from having the hood down.

A really nice park, plenty of beach space, plus camping and barbecue areas, we must return and see it properly.

The Three Girls??

This park has been the gathering place for a group of us on New Years Day 2010 and 2011, kayaking, cricket and swimming. Occasional eating and drinking.

ARC info: Located just south of Ōrere Point, beside the Firth of Thames, Tapapakanga takes you back to the world of the early settlers with its isolated beachfront homestead and pohutukawa-fringed coast.

As well as its rich Maori and European history this beautiful park offers rolling farmland, a winding stream and expansive coastal view, all within easy reach of Auckland.

The beach is ideal for swimming. Other recreational activities at Tapapakanga include picnics, barbecues, camping, fishing, kayaking, family walks and mountain biking.

Tapapakanga - a Puku takes its name from a time when the kumara propagation bed belonging to a local chief, Puku, failed.

Tiritiri Mantangi

Although not an ARC park, have a look at

Tiritiri Mantangi

Regional Parks Website

Auckland Botanical Gardens Website

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