One day, you wake up and find yourself travelling to Auckland, what do you do next for your itinerary? If Auckland's cityscape is boring you and you've been wanting for a refresher, then check out these awesome getaway quickies presented by NZHerald.
Cascade Falls Loop Track This 1.5 km walk is best for all ages and very accessible. The loop starts and ends at the same spot and takes an hour to complete. Enjoy scenic vistas as your hike through the Waitakere Ranges. Pass by the vast kauri and totara trees that serve as shade for trekkers and a waterfall where one can swim as a treat. So, remember to bring swimming necessities in case you decide to take a dip.
Rangitoto Island Summit Auckland's largest volcano Rangitoto, the home to the world's largest pohutukawa forest, offers wearied urban residents a great weekend hike. This escapade includes a 25-minute boat ride from Auckland City to the island to see city in a different perspective. A moderate paced ascent to the peak is rewarded with a 360 view across the Hauraki Gulf, Waitakere Ranges in the west and Hunua Ranges in the east. This 4.6 km walk can be complemented by having a picnic to make most of the sceneries. Take note that the ferry runs three times through weekdays and five times daily over the weekend.
Mokoroa Stream Track Located between the Muriwai and Waitakere on the west coast of Auckland is this two-hour advance loop walk coming off the Goldie Bush Walkway called the Mokoroa Stream Track. The easy track will troll to a swing bridge that is parallel to the Mokoroa Stream. Get to the lookout atop the Makoroa Falls track to enjoy picturesque vistas. Finishing this track means you've walked a total of 4.5 km on way though.
Upper Nihotupu Walk A 2.6km walk is great for all types of fitness enthusiasts and can also be for a family day out or a plain city getaway. Appreciate the awesome views of the beautiful native bush and be treated to see the impressive waterfalls at the Nihotupu Dam. The dam itself is a grand site at over 100 feet tall and carries 530 gallons of water located 25kms from Auckland CBD.
Coast to Coast Walkway This 16km walkway presents trekkers the city's historic landscape, formed by 600 years of Maori occupation. Accessible from the Waitemata Harbour, it's a practical way to get to know the city better. Stoll coast to coast, traverse across five volcanoes, and witness outstanding panoramic views Auckland. Take usual breaks for coffee or a meal at the many attractions you'll pass by, another way to experience New Zealand's culture.