The most ambitious walking normally attempted by visitors to Auckland is a stroll through The Domain or a short hike up to one of the volcano-top viewpoints. More ambitious hikers can head to Rangitoto Island or pick off sections of the Hillary Trail out west in the hills of the Waitakere Ranges. Most of the West Coast tours also include some gentle walking.
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Coast to Coast Walkway (16km one-way; 4hr) The best of the city’s sights are threaded together on this fine walk which straddles the isthmus. All is revealed in the free Beyond your Backyard – Discovering Auckland City by Foot or Bike leaflet available from the tourist offices, and a route map can be found at
wwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz. The northern section is the most interesting: stop after One Tree Hill (12km; 3hr) and get the #328, #334 or #348 bus back to the city from Manukau Road.
North Shore Coastal Walk (23km one-way) Free leaflet from visitor centres. The Devonport ferry wharf marks the southern end of the North Shore Coastal Walk (part of the tip-to-toe Te Araroa) which follows the waterfront past the Navy Museum, close to North Head then up the coast past several pretty beaches with views of Rangitoto. If you’ve come over by ferry, consider following the walk as far as Takapuna (10km; 2–3hr) then getting the bus back to the city from there.
Auckland Walks t 0800 300 100, waucklandwalks.co.nz. Learn more about the city centre on these informative guided walks (daily 10am; 2hr; $30; booking essential) leaving the Harbour information Centre at the Ferry Building, 99 Quay St.
Tamaki Hikoi t 6421 146 9593 wtamakihikoi.co.nz. Maori-led walks giving a Ngati Whatua perspective on Tamaki Makaurau. Choose from a tour of Pukekawa (Auckland Domain; 1hr 30min; $40), and interpretation of the Maori galleries at the Auckland Museum complete with the cultural performance (3hr; $95), and a guided walk around Maungawhau (Mount Eden; 3hr; $95). All come with lots of stories and give a completely different perspective on Auckland and colonization.
TIME Unlimited t 0800 868 463, newzealandtours.travel. Maori-led city tour explaining the significance to Maori of locations around the city (full day; $245). Their “Extra” package ($295) includes a visit to a marae that’s far more intimate and authentic than the mass-market extravaganzas around Rotorua, and they’ll even organize marae stays and host Maori dinners on request.