Wake up in a park
When the day visitors head home, overnighters get our parks to themselves. Many Auckland Council parks offer opportunities to spend the night under canvas, in a bach, parked in a motorhome or at a holiday park.
- Escape to a bach - our classic country and beachfront baches offer simple family getaways in spectacular locations.
- Pitch your tent - choose from 42 beachside, bush and basic backcountry campsites.
- Park the camper - book a spot at a designated campervan campground (for vehicles with self-containment certificates).
- Stay at a holiday park - including Orewa, Martins Bay or Whangateau holiday parks, and Shelly Beach Camping Ground on the Kaipara Harbour.
Visit the Accommodation and bookings section of our website to check availability and find out how to make a booking, or call 09 301 0101.
Bookings are essential and popular sites fill up fast, so get in quick or start thinking about autumn escapes now.
Get in a round of golf
After sprucing up the buildings and putting in a new cafe over winter, Chamberlain Park Golf Course in Mt Albert is ready for golfing fun, including summer-evening twilight rounds. You don't need to be a member, the whole family can play and all equipment can be rented. Call 09 815 4999 for more information.
At the Awhitu Regional Park, there is a nine-hole golf course open to the public, with excellent views of the Manukau Harbour. Find out more about the Awhitu Golf Club.
Waiheke Golf Club (phone 09 372 8886) and Great Barrier Golf Club (phone 09 429 0420) are both open to the public subject to capacity.
Hit a walking trail
Why not create a list of walks to do this summer? Here are some options to get you started.
- Enjoy outdoor art on the 2km sculpture trail at Auckland Botanic Gardens (until 16 February).
- Spot a range of native birds on the 6km Cascade Walkway in Howick.
- Complete the 4km Puhinui Stream Forest Trail through Totara Park and Auckland Botanic Gardens.
- Walk or cycle the Te Ara Tahuna pathway along Orewa Estuary.
- Explore Beveridge Track from Exhibition Drive in Titirangi to Arataki Visitor Centre on foot, by bike, with the buggy or by wheelchair.
- Get to know Waiheke Island on foot on the Cross Island walkway.
Find out more about our walking, cycle and horse-riding tracks.
Keep kauri standing
You can help prevent the spread of kauri dieback disease in our parks this summer by:
- cleaning your shoes, tyres and other gear before and after visiting kauri forests
- staying on designated tracks
- keeping off kauri roots
- looking out for kauri protection zones in the Waitākere Ranges and Hunua Ranges.
Visit the Keep Kauri Standing website or call 0800 NZ KAURI (0800 695 2874) for more information.
Stay safe on the rocks
Don't put your life on the line - if you're fishing off rock platforms, particularly on Auckland's west coast, remember to:
- wear a life jacket
- check the weather forecast
- never fish alone
- wear trainers, not gumboots
- never turn your back on the ocean
- call 111 in an emergency.