Auckland is filled with natural beauty. Venture beyond the urban throes of the bustling city centre to find a remarkable collection of picture-perfect landscapes and coastlines. Set your sights on these incredible locations to truly immerse yourself in the natural wonders surrounding New Zealand’s largest and most diverse city.
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf has gifted us with a trove of scenic islands to visit. Catch the ferry from downtown Auckland to start exploring these breathtaking destinations.
Great Barrier Island
A historic land of wonder as well as a coastal sight worth exploring.
An underrated but incredibly beautiful heritage site, Rotoroa Island is a must-visit for all passing tourists.
Parks and natural reserves
The region is never short of well-preserved parks and reserves. Whether you’re keen to discover some native plant life, or you want to spend the day perusing some of Auckland’s best hiking trails, these are just some of the natural wonders worth visiting.
This remarkable inner-city park offers plenty of picturesque landscapes and cultural attractions.
Auckland Botanic Gardens
Discover a magnificent variety of plants and flowers from New Zealand and abroad at this 64-hectare botanic garden.
Wenderholm Regional Park
A blend of tranquil beaches and forested plains make Wenderholm Regional Park a wondrous sight.
With 16,000 hectares of native bush and coastlines, it’s no wonder the Waitakere Ranges are considered a local treasure.
Waterfalls, hiking trails, and all-round breathtaking scenery draws people to this idyllic west coast destination.
Shakespear Regional Park
Beaches, farmland, and picture-perfect landscapes make this area a popular stopover for locals and tourists.
Auckland’s 48 dormant volcanoes are simply exquisite. The three main summits provide a panoramic perspective of the region that needs to be seen up close to be truly appreciated.
Along with a full view of Auckland, Mount Eden‘s crater is guaranteed to humble you with its greatness.
One Tree Hill
A historic and beautiful location that’s surrounded by a well-preserved park and farmland.
Head to the island‘s namesake summit, trek to the top, and reward yourself with a collection of remarkable vistas.
Peninsulas and beaches
So many coastal treasures, so little time. Take a quick dip at some of the best beaches and bays in the vicinity.
The North Shore
Takapuna, Long Bay, Torbay, Cheltenham Beach – the North Shore has its fill of incredible coastal treasures.
The West Coast
Sandy beaches, rugged plains and nippy waters compel visitors to explore Auckland’s West Coast.
A marine reserve just north of Auckland that all snorkeling and scuba-diving enthusiasts will relish and admire.
Beautiful coastlines, a lovely surrounding village, and wineries aplenty – there’s a bit of everything in Matakana.
A peaceful beach on the Manukau Harbour that’s surrounded by magnificent wetlands and wildlife.