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Walking in Auckland provides breathtaking views from Mount Eden, glorious beaches like Piha and intriguing islands such as Rangitoto. Here are the best hiking spots to check out in New Zealand’s biggest city.
Head to Auckland’s west coast and get the best views of the spectacular Piha beach on the Mercer Bay loop path. The 2.2km track starts high above Piha and continues to the Te Ahua headland with views up and down the west coast. This hike passes an ancient Maori settlement and includes interpretative signs about the historical significance of the area. Remember to wash the soles of your shoes at the cleaning sites to protect the local kauri trees in the Waitākere Ranges from dieback disease.
Hop on a ferry from downtown Auckland to Rotoroa Island, located about an hour’s boat ride from Auckland’s east coast in the Hauraki Gulf. The 82ha island is home to several hiking trails. Combine the North Tower and Southern Loop tracks to see as much of the island as possible. You could even pack a picnic lunch and swimming gear for a dip in Mai Mai Bay after your hike.