Over 8000 hectares of Auckland
is set aside for parkland, ranging from farm parks and gardens to regional parks and coastal reserves. Some of the better known parks and gardens include:
Auckland Regional Parks
- Auckland Domain
The Domain (81 hectares) is the city's oldest park and home to the newly refurbished Auckland War Memorial Museum. Locals come here to lie in the sun, enjoy the gardens, feed the ducks and watch cricket. It's the venue for the city's annual Christmas in the Park and Starlight Symphony concerts, and hosts a series of free concerts over the summer months on Sundays.
- Cornwall Park
This popular city park incorporates the Auckland icon One Tree Hill (Maungakiekie), an ancient Maori pa site offering panoramic views of the city. Maungakiekie is one of the finest pa sites in New Zealand, surviving virtually intact. The tree-studded park is also home to Auckland's planetarium, the Stardome.
- Western Springs Park
Western Springs Park offers parkland, lakes and islands connected by bridges and winding paths. An environmental trail takes in the remains of the old waterworks which used to supply Auckland with water from 1877 to the early 1900s. There is a boardwalk through the marshlands. A good time to visit is spring and early summer when many of the waterfowl are nesting around the lakeshore. The park borders Auckland Zoo and the Museum of Transport and Technology.
- Waitakere Ranges (Arataki Visitor Centre)
One of Auckland's scenic gems, the Waitakere Ranges contain about 200 kilometres of walking and hiking tracks. Other attractions include more than 500 species of native trees and plants, panoramic views over the Auckland region, streams, waterfalls and the popular surf beaches of Piha, Karekare and Whatipu.
- Hunua Ranges
The rugged Hunua Ranges lie about 50 kilometres southeast of Auckland, providing excellent hiking, barbecue facilities, panoramic views across to the Coromandel, streams and waterfalls, native bush and walking trails to nearby reservoirs and dams.
Auckland's Regional Parks include the forest covered Waitakere and Hunua Ranges, plus beaches, bays, coastal and mangrove forests and farm parks. Activities include forest and coastal walks, camping and rock climbing.
For more information about Auckland
Regional Parks contact: Auckland Regional Council